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Charlette Thompson, Nurse Practitioner, has a name that is synonymous with perseverance, integrity, and compassion. Born in the heart of Lexington Kentucky, Charlette recounts growing up poor, with a mother who could not read, a father who was a city sanitation worker, and two sisters who were severely stricken with Sickle Cell Anemia. That was the beginning of Charlette’s insatiable desire to serve the underserved. She remembers taking care of her very ill sister, which stirred her passion to become a nurse. As she matriculated through school, she remembers being told by a White teacher that she would never be a nurse because she was Black and poor. Though painful, those words became fuel for Charlette; she was determined to defy the odds. She later became the first in her family (both sides) to graduate college. 

In 1978, Charlette soon became the nurse that she was told she could never be. Then, after 20-years as a successful RN, her career took a turn for the worse. She was stricken with life-threatening brain tumors. In 1998, after undergoing two brain surgeries, Charlette unexpectedly lost her eyesight; she became blind. For seven years, she was unable to work, drive, or care for herself. She lost her nursing and driver’s licenses, learned braille, and had to walk with a blind cane. However, in 2006 her vision was restored. God miraculously healed her. Following that triumph, Charlette was determined to gain back everything she had lost. She graduated with high honors from Purdue Global University (formerly known as Kaplan) with an MSN as a Nurse Educator and later Family Nurse Practitioner. She is the recipient of several academic awards and has been honored by NAMI Lexington for outstanding community service. Today, at 66-years- old, she is pursuing a degree to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 

Charlette is no stranger to this field. She and her Husband, Richard started a not-for-profit feeding ministry many years ago in response to the socioeconomic disparities in Lexington. For many years, as a nurse and Pastor, she has regularly worked weekly with individuals struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. She shares her testimony of having a drug-addicted husband and the many woes that ensued. Not only was his battle with crack-cocaine a major obstacle for her and their family, but it was also their greatest victory. Having first-hand experience with the disease of addiction, Charlette is on a quest to holistically minister to client needs. Her heart’s passion is to deliver hope and erase the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse.  

 When she is not serving in ministry or working with clients, Charlette can be found spending intimate time with her daughters, Shanna and Danielle, and her five grandchildren. Many know her for singing, while others know her for the work she does as a pastor, nurse, and friend. She and her husband reside in Lexington, KY, and together they are restoring hope. 

Tell him not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize--that isn't important. Tell him not to mention that I have 300 or 400 other awards--that's not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school. I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day that I tried to be right and to walk with them. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe the naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Inasmuch as you did it unto the least of thee, you did it unto me

[Matthew 25:40]