Hey there, I’m Jamairais! I am a military wife, mother of four, actor, creator, and educator. My grandmother always taught me to work smarter and not harder so I’m always coming up with ways to make mom life easier.
I am also a sickle cell survivor.I’ve learned that life is short, we can’t take an ounce it for granted. So, while I’m here, I’m going to love the Lord, be the best mom I can be, the best wife I can be, and share my creative light with anyone who wants to see my shine.
“As for me and my household we will serve the Lord.”
I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with my Bachelor’s in Acting. After graduating my plan was to go to NY and begin my acting career. I moved to Newark NJ and began teaching acting to grade school children while auditioning in NYC. While auditioning I was picked up by a boutique modeling agency and began modeling professionally.
I battled with sickle cell anemia disease my entire life. Being a full-time student with sickle cell was hard, being a working actor and model with sickle cell was even harder. A few months after graduating school I became extremely ill and ended up in the hospital for two months.
By the grace of God, I pulled through and was discharged. Sadly, I had to move back home to the DMV because I was too weak to care for myself, and definitely not well enough to work. My grandmother and mother nursed me back to health and I got my own place in DC, then began modeling and auditioning again.
It was at this time I met my husband in DC. He just got stationed in Bethesda Maryland. We began dating and I continued to work on my craft.
I landed a breakout role at DC’s Arena Stage in their production of Ruined. The show went well. I met a great manager who wanted me to move to NY but unfortunately, no one knew I was still struggling with Sickle Cell and my health care team was now all in the DMV. I decided to stay.
That year I married my husband and the following year we had our first son, Elijah.
While pregnant with Elijah I spent 90 percent of my time in the hospital. I had multiple blood transfusions, an appendectomy, and cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). After delivery, I was down an appendix, a gallbladder, had a non-functioning spleen and iron overload from all the blood transfusions.
My doctors told me I wouldn’t live to see Elijah make it to Kindergarten. But they didn’t know my God. My wonderful team of doctors at Walter Reed got me set up with the National Institute of Health. I began getting treatment there. They told me they were doing a bone marrow transplant study and due to the severity of my sickle cell, I could be a candidate.
And like the crazy person I am, my next question was “can I have another baby?”. Yes, my doctors thought I had lost my mind, but because of my close relationship with my brothers, I knew I wanted Elijah to have a sibling.
So, they got a great team of High-Risk OBGYNs and Hematologist together and came up with a plan to have another baby. I was soon pregnant with Isaiah. From all the lessons learned with Elijah, Isaiah’s pregnancy went a lot smoother. Instead of blood transfusions, I had a Hickman line placed to receive blood exchanges, to avoid iron overload.
In July of 2014, we welcomed our second healthy baby boy into the world.A few months after Isaiah was born I began my protocol for transplant. I asked my doctors, so will I be able to have more children after this. Their answer was “unlikely due to chemo”. So we did an egg retrieval to freeze my eggs just in case I wanted more children in the future.
I started chemotherapy and was admitted for my 3-month stint for transplant. The process was rough, the hardest part was not getting to see my boys. But I just kept praying and dreaming about life as a mother without sickle cell.
Then my miracle happened! The transplant worked and my sickle cell count went down. I was now healthy, regaining my strength, and beginning a new phase of my life a stay at home mother of two healthy boys.
My love of childhood education grew, as I saw how my boys blossomed as I poured my all into their minds. My home became an educational oasis for them to learn and thrive. We painted, baked, took field trips, and I slowly got stronger and stronger.
Two years later, my acting is on hold, my children and my health are now my priority and I have all these new skills. And then I fell ill again, and my sister in law told me my symptoms sounded like pregnancy. “PREGNANT!” I thought. I knew for certain she was wrong, how could it be possible. She told me to take a pregnancy test to prove her wrong and she wasn’t. Not only was I pregnant but I was pregnant with TWINS.
This pregnancy was unlike my first two, not only because they were twins, but my sickle cell was under control. I could actually enjoy being pregnant.
The following summer we welcomed our twin boys Zion and Zane. I just couldn’t believe all the miracles and blessings. My faith grew stronger.
Now we are here, it’s 2021, I’m a working mom of four healthy boys, I’m a military wife, and I am blessed. I’m passionate about education and the arts. My priority is always family!
I’ve learned that life is short, we can’t take an ounce it for granted. So, while I’m here, I’m going to love the Lord, be the best mom I can be, the best wife I can be, and share my creative light with anyone who wants to see my shine.