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Simone Smith posing in a white t-shirtMost people know her as the wife of famed rapper/actor LL Cool J, but Simone Smith is much more. With the launch of her jewelry line called SIS (Simone I. Smith) Jewelry, this mother of four is an entrepreneur.

She’s also celebrating a very important anniversary.

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In 2004, Simone was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called chondorosarcoma.  After her stage III diagnosis, the family, especially Mr. LL himself, stopped everything in order to be with her and to assist her on the road to recovery.

In her own words, Simone says, “I have a piece of jewelry, that when it’s purchased, proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. The reason why I did that is because back in 2004, I had a very invasive surgery done because they found a chondrosarcoma tumor in my tibia bone. So I had an invasive surgery called microvasuclar reconstructive surgery, and they had to remove my whole tibia bone and replace it with my fibular bone from my left leg. It took me almost 2 1/2 years to learn how to walk again. I fought through it, so I was a little depressed for like about…two weeks…but my grandmother called me up and told me, ‘you better not be depressed and get prayed up for those doctors who are doing this surgery on you and you’re gonna beat this.’ So I prayed to God and since then my test results have been great.

This year marks the ninth year that Mrs. Simone Smith has been cancer free.

When asked what keeps her inspired, Simone names three things: her faith in God, her husband and her children.

“We are a family who believes in working hard and pursuing our dreams…”

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