Leah James was born and raised in Joliet Illinois in a very impoverished area west of Chicago. When she was 13 years old her Mother died and her life changed forever. She quickly learned how cold the world really is and had to learn how to take tragedy and turn it into beauty even as a child. She moved to New Jersey where she experienced culture shock and even more heartache. She began to write shortly after her mother died after her sister bought her a journal and encouraged her to express herself.
She spent years living in the darkness of depression and dealt with her thoughts of suicide by writing. She wrote her prayers while living in a world that constantly silenced her. From the ages of 13 to 19 only a select few people knew Leah was a writer. She kept her secret until she was 21 when she was asked to share her poems at her college. After she shared her heart for the first time in front of strangers she realized that her pain can actually help someone over come their own struggles.
At the age of 16 years old Leah suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm that caused a severe hemorrhagic stroke. Neurologists told her she would never live a normal life again. She lost her short term memory for 3+ years. She was determined to recover, she knew that God doesn't do anything less than perfect and that no matter what anyone had to say, she would indeed be back to "normal". The road to recovery was long, lonely and very hard but it created the Leah James we know and love today.
Leah has taken all of this life experience and has turned it into art. She has a heart for the world and expresses it through her spoken word and in her everyday life. Her ultimate goal is to be the woman God created her to be while helping others get closer to our creator and have the pressure of life lifted through love.
To read more about the different things Leah has been through and how she has over come you can read her Blog here.