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Community Highlights: Meet Dr. Princess Fumi Stephanie Hancock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Princess Fumi Stephanie Hancock.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
“Manufactured in Nigeria, West Africa, Assembled in the USA, and now… Dispatched to the World” – this was a message delivered to me several years ago by a great mentor who has since passed. He gave these words of excitement after losing my home, lost two businesses, and was on the verge of losing my two boys, who were 2 and 4 at that time. I felt hopeless, worthless, duped by a man whom I thought loved me. I was ashamed and totally away from my royal family- I could not go back to them to tell them I had tried to commit suicide- by plunging my car over the Verazoano bridge in New York over 25 years ago. As a Master level degree holder, back then, after being one of the top employers in that area, I could not find any job, so I relocated and found a job in the deep freezer of a 7-11 convenience store.

Do you ask how I started? Well, in the middle of the deep freezer, I was cleaning at the convenience store, graveyard shift. I was desperately looking for a solution, and ideas began to come- this was the birthing of my bestselling system- YOUR VISION TORCH: How to Re-engineer Your Life Purpose. I knew I cared for people, I loved to write and share stories of thriving people over circumstances, so I went back to college for nursing and worked my way up to a Doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health. It was a very long and hard road.

Today, I not only run my own groups of clinics, Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Mental Health Clinics (where we also see people virtually), I have written 24 books with 18 as bestsellers (after being rejected 40 times by traditional publishers), released movies and documentaries which have won notable awards such as Indiefiest Film Awards, NAFCA “African Oscar.” Awards. I co-host a Podcast, Tear the Veil by Dr. Fumi, PsychDNP, now help others to share their powerful stories, Fearless Visionaries Tear The Veil, with the last 18 co-authors from all different parts of the work, including Texas, London, Dubai, Saudi Arabia; lived in Saudi Arabia and became the very first black person to grace the TEDxTalk stage in Al-Anjal, Saudi Arabia, one of the first Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow – SONSIEL Member. When it’s time to give back, my non-profit organization, The Princess of Suburbia(R) Foundation: Adassa Adumori Project, provides quality education and health to African Children.

I often ask myself this question, “What If I had completed the suicide?” where would my children, who are now 31 and 29 be? Would I have had t the opportunity to now serve in the mental health industry, helping those in trauma move from that to recovery?

My life story is my legacy to the world. I hope that when someone in despair reads mine, they will feel renewed and inspired to keep moving.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to success was not easy. Besides being divorced and cleaned completely out, I had several challenges: First, as an African Immigrant, I was challenged and ridiculed that I could never make it in Hollywood writing and producing films; then I was told I was a black woman with some accent which would not qualify me as a speaker – I know how that turned out- GREAT with me now speaking all over the world. Then ageism came in, I was told since I turned 50 several years ago- forget ever being involved in the film industry and being successful- again, I know how that ended- making movies that hired actors like Malik Yoba and Tommy Tiny Lister.

Though I am a Nigerian Princess from the Southwestern region of Nigerian where my family, the Adumori Royal Family, had ruled since the 1200ADs, I couldn’t return home due to my failures. Thankfully, I have since reconciled with my family and have dedicated my life to ensuring that children, especially girls in that region, get the opportunity to attend schools and better their lives.

My life lesson? People will always throw wrenches in your path- they will always tell you that you are a failure or are not qualified for what you desire. But the choice to believe them is yours. No matter how loud their voices are, they cannot be louder than your own belief in yourself. There are still more things I would like to accomplish, but I am determined not only to get to my destination but help others to get to theirs too. This is what I strive for every day in any of my clinics, or when I set to meet with those, I assist in becoming bestselling authors by sharing their stories. I also accomplish that as a Trauma Care EXpert on Local/National News.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Known as the Princess of Suburbia(R), Dr. Princess Fumi Stephanie Hancock is a Nigerian Princess living in Diaspora, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Dr. of Nurse Practice specializing in Trauma, Publisher of inspirational books, Filmmaker under Cambium Break Pictures. With her wearing two hats, Healthcare and Creative- Master Story-teller, her love for these two fields is reflected in her two companies. Using her uniquely designed rehabilitative storytelling (TM) process to lead a traumatized patient to recovery is what she is well known for, what others are saying: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6BCGqZpGSnl0wx9HT_A4pcqifBMORPn5.

Besides offering mental health services on-site, the pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health also offers telepsychiatry and provides my services as a media mental health/behavioral health expert. Free Resources and education on Mental Health can be found on my websites: pobpsychiatry.com / drfumipsychdnp.com. Through my bestselling books, documentaries, online TV Show: LifeRehabTV (TM) Townhall series, and the Podcast: Tear the Veil with Dr. Fumi, PsychDNP, I strive to provide knowledge in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health.

POBPsychiatry is introducing Emergency Trauma Kits currently being PRE-ORDERED: http://myrehablifestyle.com/ At this time of COVID19, the Pandemic, there is also the mental health pandemic on the rise. These Trauma Emergency Kits will assist families dealing with crises. Other books can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fumi-Hancock/e/B009BHBI6S.

How do you think about luck?
I believe in destiny and what God has already written down for our lives. As an Ordained Pastor under the Freshwind International led by Apostle Solomon Buckley. I have learned to believe in prophetic walking, understanding that all prophetic utterings are guided to our destination. We are led by inspiration from above, but we must also exercise our belief even when everything looks or seems against us. Above all, we must work hard towards our goal, be focused, committed, dedicated, and ready to PUSH, delivering our “vision baby.”

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