Amherst mother does it all, despite added hurdles

CITY OF AMHERST, NY (WKBW) – Sheila Justin is an Amherst mom whose friends call her “Wonder Woman.”

“I basically do everything on my own,” says Justin. “I don’t ask for much help and I find that a little empowering and I’m used to doing that. And I get compliments from people.”

Why “Wonder Woman?”

Justin is a single mother of four who runs two businesses.

“Three at home and then I have a 28-year-old who is alone and having a baby in June,” Justin says. “So I’m going to be a grandmother.”

“I drive them all over the place all the time.”

In addition to her grandmother-to-be and active mother of three at home, Justin said she needed some flexibility.

“I’ve been an RN for 26 years,” she explained, adding, “My first son, I felt like I missed a lot of time. When you work as a nurse, it’s weekends, vacations. looking forward to I missed a lot. “

So 16 years ago, Justin decided to change things when her son, Alex, was born so she could be more with her family.

“I went back to school, I got all my degrees for financial planning,” she said.

Sheila currently runs her own business and works as a financial advisor. But she says it always felt like something was missing.

“I have a passion for nursing, and I thought, ‘What can I do?’ I went and got certified to give Botox and fillers and IV therapy. I’m just getting myself back into the medical world, but on a flexible schedule, “she explained.

But while she was certified as a beautician this year, she received some shocking news.

“I did, yes … February 1, I had realized there was a slight haze in my right eye,” said Justin. “I called my doctor and they let me go to the emergency room and they found a tumor behind my right eye.”

The tumor increased her risk of stroke, and doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center feared that it would cause her to lose her vision, so they had to act quickly to reduce it.

“It was really scary, I really didn’t know how to deal with it. I thought more about the kids than myself,” she said.

The good news: the tumor is benign and the “Wonder Woman” of West New York has it under control.

“I go for follow-up MRIs and eye exams every three months. But my vision is still 20/20 and I can still ride my kids on God’s creation,” she said.

So when we asked her what Mother’s Day means to her this year, Justin said, “Oh, I’m going to try not to cry! That’s a great question because my heart is so overwhelmed by this great love I have for my kids. is special this year. Much more than I think it ever was, because for a moment I just wasn’t sure. “

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