I AM NOT MY "BAGS"
PRETTY GIRL BLUES-An Autobiography
Book written by Jearlean Alston-Taylor
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Excerpt from "Pretty Girl Blues"
At two years old, diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, doctors thought I would not live to celebrate my third birthday. My heart's desire was to be normal like other children. However who knew I would be hiding a secret? I tried to cover up this secret with my outer beauty. In hiding this secret, negative attributes of low self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts, hurts, and insecurities became prevalent. I often questioned, "why did I have to go through this sickness?" The disease of cancer or treatments were not initially a problem for me, however what came after was, being left with permanent ostomy (bags). Because of this rare type of cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma) and many surgeries that followed, I hid my "secret" for many years..... The duration of my future is a journey with unexpected outcomes. A dilemma I call “pretty girl blues”. I don't look like what I deal with 24 hours/7 days a week. But God said live and I am!
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HONDURAS MEDICAL MISSION TRIP
On Sunday, August 6, 2017, I will be traveling on a medical mission trip to the central highlands of Tegucigalpa, Honduras for 6 days. We will be accompanying the oncology mission team of the American Society of Clinical Oncology located in Alexandria, VA, as well as a team of We-Can-Cer Vive volunteers! We anticipate treating a many as 300 men, women, and children affected by various cancers. This trip is funded entirely through DONATIONS and by those participating in this mission trip. PLEASE make donation at www.we-can-cervive.org to make tax deductible donation. Thank you in advance.