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Iyanla Vanzant Reveals How The Loss Of Daughter Changed Her Life

10/19/2021 12:00 AM EDT by WBLS Staff
Just as Iyanla Vanzant wrapped up her hit reality show “Iyanla, Fix My Life” she is opening up about how she was able to fix her own life through the pain she experienced in her life. Vanzant was a guest on Hoda Kotb’s podcast, “Making Space”, where she spoke about the death of her daughter, Gemmia, who passed away from a rare form of cancer in 2003, and how it changed her life. “Well, it changes who you are as a woman. It changed who I was as a woman, first for the worse, and then for the better,” Vanzant said. She continued, “God must’ve really, really trusted me to give me a soul to bring into life and to trust me with the courage to send her out.” The spiritual healer also opened up about her abusive childhood and how it helped heal her as well as become a resource to help others. Vanzant said “In relationships, people don’t bring you love or give you love. What they do is make you aware of the depth of love that you are. I would say that the purpose of my life required that I had a depth of experience that would allow me to speak to people in the depths of their pain, in the depths of their sorrow.”