Why are you BALD?I was born in Georgetown Guyana, South America. When we moved to Georgia from New Jersey, it was a rude awakening. I was teased daily for my dark skin and after all the ridicule, I hated myself. I grew up believing I was ugly and not good enough. When I got older, people always complimented my hairstyles because I was obsessed with making sure it looked good. I didn't start loving myself until I turned 30. Two years ago, I cut off my hair so that I could see me and to show myself, and the world that I loved myself and that I was beautiful from the inside out.
How has being BALD impacted your life?Being bald has helped to heal me. It has allowed me to see me for who I truly am and embrace it. I truly see beauty when I look at me and I love it and I love me. I also love that my being bald has inspired so many people. Especially my friend who lost her hair during her fight to beat cancer.
What's the worst thing that has happened or has been said to you as a BALD woman?My two young daughters were with me when I cut my hair off and they were so supportive but when we left the barber shop we went to my mother's house and she took one look at me and said, "why did you do that, your hair is your beauty, I don't like it one bit." That hurt me but I said to her, "I don't care, I did it for me and I love it."
What words of encouragement would you share with someone going BALD?To someone going bald, I would say, be encouraged, your hair is not your beauty. You are beautiful and once you embrace your inner beauty, your outer beauty will shine through. Learn to love yourself and others will too and if they don't that's okay too. Just be happy being the beautiful creature God created you to be. I love you and God loves you most.