One medical transcription success story in Barbados!

After publishing our recent story on the failed medical transcription business we received an email alerting us to the fact that one of the American supervisors at the company had a personal success story while in Barbados.

Kathy Rockel came to Barbados looking for a different life and she sure found it!  She ended up falling in love with Henderson Nicholls, a Bajan who follows the Rastafarian faith. They married in Barbados in June of 2009.

Our best wishes to Kathy & Henderson on their mixed marriage!

She’s a white girl from Colorado, USA. He’s a black man from Barbados. She’s a published author and a medical transcription instructor. He works at the beach and is serious about his Rastafarian faith. They share their love for each other and for Barbados.

At Barbados Free Press we know the challenges and the joys of a mixed-race marriage, but we’ve never had to deal with cultural differences on top of the different skin colours.

Kathy sounds like she’ll fit right in though and we bet they’ll make it work and go the long run. Here’s some words from Kathy and Henderson.

From Kathy…

“Nothing is quite as wonderful as living 10 minutes from the Caribbean Sea. In 2008, I had the opportunity to relocate to Barbados, contracted by the government of Barbados to set up a school to train medical transcriptionists. The two years I lived there changed my life.

You feel the sea breeze in the air no matter where you go on the island, and the people, while highly motivated to work hard, understand the importance of having a balance in life. Now back in the States, I do miss those things.”

… Kathy Nicholls in her article Living on Bajan time

And from Henderson…

“Since meeting Kathy in January 2008, every second, minute and hour of each day has been a new experience that feels so right. Her simple interest in the day to day lives of human beings is the number one characteristic that draws me to this woman so much.

As for the future, I look forward to one day at a time as both of our lives and stories influence other lives in a positive way.”

Henderson Nicholls in the article A Barbados wedding, a melding of cultures

Kathy has her own business and is about to have another one of her books published. You can find out more at her website:

As an aside, while clicking through the links on Kathy’s website I discovered an article about the reasons why many Americans are interested in moving to other countries. The article made me remember why Shona and I moved back to Barbados and why we have no regrets at all…

Regrouping blog: Reasons to leave, reasons to stay.


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Immigration, Race, Religion

19 responses to “One medical transcription success story in Barbados!

  1. rasta man

    Wish them all the best. However I have not known any of these marriages to last and I have known quite a few

  2. What a surprise to have a friend from Barbados tell me about this story. And thank you for a positive note that good things DID happen related to the medical transcription industry in Barbados. As you may know, I am no longer with TRS, having been downsized in December. We are now in the States, but certainly plan some day to come back to Barbados because both of us have our hearts there.

    I am blessed every day by having this wonderful man in my life. Being in Barbados gave me that opportunity and it is one I will always be grateful for. And yes, we WILL make it work, melding our cultures together.

    My time in Barbados, in addition to leading to a wonderful new husband, taught me much. The Bajan people have a way about knowing how to work hard and then how to relax. I needed that.

    As for the medical transcription industry, I write this comment from the national meeting of the AHDI, the professional organization for medical transcriptionists. I say stay tuned. There is huge potential for this industry to grow in Barbados, it just needs the right people and focus. I believe that is coming soon so that the many talented people there can realize their dream of a new profession. I look forward to seeing that become a reality.

  3. BFP

    Hi Kathy,

    We’re happy to see you dropping in. Good luck on your business ventures.

    On the business of mixed marriages, we at BFP and our readers are always interested. We’d love to publish or link to any new writings you put up on the topic so please keep us in mind when that happens.

    We hope to see you and Henderson returning to Barbados as soon as you can!


  4. Politically Tired

    Good luck to Kathy & Henderson, & how good to read of their love & respect for each other.
    rasta man, sad that the mixed marriages you know have not succeeded, I know a lot of people in mixed marriages , no failures that I know of, mixing cultures can be difficult from both sides & demands a certain maturity & respect, it certainly isn’t easy.

  5. Well Well

    Rasta Man I know of many that have been successful including mine 20 years and counting.

    You just need to look around you

  6. rasta man

    I am the product of one and I have first hand knowledge

  7. rasta man

    I am not saying that some cannot work. However one of the partners would have to be from overseas.Wait until the kids come along if it lasts that long

  8. Well Well

    NO NO NO I do not agree both my wife and I are Bajans, and our friends are the same, we have two wonderful children who are proud of their heritage both black and white.

  9. anastasia beaverhausen

    Can you say “greencard”! I hope I’m wrong but these caribbean men prey on these vulnerable foreign women who visit the caribbean, profess there love for them, get married and bye-bye Barbados or wherever. I see this all the time as a flight attendant travelling throughout the caribbean. It’s sad, but what’s sadder is these women who fall for them!

  10. rasta man

    anastasia beaverhausen,
    Could not agree with you more. I have seen that happen many times before

  11. rasta man

    Wel well,
    I am glad for you .I wish you many more years of happiness

  12. Friend of Bride and Groom

    What I do not understand is why people always find such joy in making other people’s business their own. Why not leave the happy couple alone. As far as I can see Henderson is a wonderful man an he totally adores Kathy. While all of you are sitting here trying to determine if he is in it for the right reasons they will be progressing in life and you guys will be stucked in a bubble.

    All of you need to concentrate on your own lives and your personal progress. Leave Kathy and Henderson alone.

  13. John

    @rasta man – are you the same guy who stated in a different post that your not a rasta & don’t have locks?

  14. anastasia beaverhausen

    I hear what you’re saying “friend of bride and groom”. I do have a life; a very happy and fulfilling one at that however, being of the caucasian race, I have a couple of female friends that I am currently, or in the past for one have to be the friend consoling them when there marraige ends in divorce once their “caribbean man” gets his greencard and leaves my friend with a broken heart. They tell their brides “oh take me back to your country, and when we save up some money we will return to Barbados for good”; yeah right; like that ever happens! So unless you’ve been through what I’ve been through, I don’t think you should judge me. Please for you don’t to say you do not know this to be a common practice throughout the caribbean region with black men, you must be naive. FYI, both my friends fit the discription of the bride in the above picture, and the groom fits that description; I know you’re smart and can figure out what I’m trying to say. Let’s hope I’m wrong, and this couple could be the one to prove me and everybody wrong.

  15. rasta man

    Yes.Why is that important?

  16. Politically Tired

    anastasia I think you need to alter your wording, its ‘some’ Caribbean men, like in other countries it may be ‘some’ Indian/African/English/German/American men or women etc etc & don’t tell me that doesn’t happen cause it does.
    I’m sorry you have had such a bad experience, I’m in a mixed marriage of 10 years & we’re both totally happy with it all & living here, never had any intention of going to the ‘other country’!! I know a lot, & I mean ‘a lot’ of mixed race marriages & mixed Bajan colour marriages, all good to my knowledge.
    The problem is unhappy people that holiday in foreign countries & think life will be like it is on holiday, welcome to reality!

  17. The Watcher

    Just let’s congratulate the couple and move on.
    The world is changing whether we like it or not. Be careful with the use of terms like “mixed couple” “inter-racial marriage” etc etc. If two people of the same race get married or have children it is taken as OK if not expected. When that silent “rule” is broken, terms like these start falling out of people’s mouths.
    We would spend lots of money in search of E.T like intelligence while discriminating based on skin tones and then think that we as a race of humans are so socially advanced. And really expect to make contact with some advanced civilization. All I am saying here is to go out and start to look back in at who we are and then ask yourself honestly ”Would you want to deal with people who act like these?”
    If they are happy, wish them well and move on to real matters which are affecting our country.
    Let’s not become distracted by the minutia designed to keep us blind-folded.

  18. kathynicholls

    Funny, this post is 3 years old and yet today someone sent it to be just to show me the negative comments. Fortunately, you were all wrong and we are still married and very much in love. We did come to the States when my job was eliminated and hope to make a return visit next year to see family and friends. It can work if your marriage is based on love and faith.

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