About my Sister, Tanya A. Haman
By Tereska E. James
Tanya was a wonderful mom, sister and daughter. Many people described her as an angel on earth. She was nice and good to her core… not a mean or ill-willed bone in her body. She was a quiet, gentle, sweetheart of soul but she was also one of the funniest and talkative people you’d ever know, especially once you got to know her.
She loved to travel and would often save her allotted time off from work so that she could vacation with her family throughout the year. She abhorred the cold weather and preferred warm, sunny beach destinations.
In her spare time, she loved watching Scandal and her favorite soap opera, General Hospital, often on repeat. She also loved the music of her favorite artist Mary J. Blige.
Tanya loved good food and always preferred a home cooked meal lovingly prepared by her mommy, but when she dined out, her favorite restaurants were LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel and Chick FIL A.
Tanya’s lifelong passion of nurturing and caring for others lead her to a career of service. She received an associate degree in Human Services and then matriculated to Delaware State University where she obtained her B.A. in Social Work in 1995.
Her pride and joy was her son De’Andre who was only 9 when she passed. Everything she did was for him.
About Tereska E. James
Tereska E. James is the President & Founder of Brown Skin, Too (BST) which she began in December 2015 after the loss of her sister Tanya to melanoma. BST provides advocacy, prevention and education of melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer, and promotes skin wellness for people with darker skin types.
Ms. James will be speaking on Tuesday, February 22 on: Melanin, Melanoma and The Myth: Why Brown Skin, Too?