Why are you BALD? Only less than 1% is diagnosed with it in the U.S. It is called Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm. And it is only curable through a bone marrow transplant. It is often misdiagnosed. I was diagnosed October 2013 and immediately treated, and was in remission after three of my six rounds of treatments. I was fortunate to have a sister that is my life's keeper. She was my donor, and am here to say that I am cancer survivor, Leukemic warrior!
How has being BALD impacted your life? The day I was diagnosis, I was also told that I would receive my first round of treatment after midnight. That gave me several hours to prepare for the battle. I decided that now was the opportune time to cut my locs. I knew that it was inevitable and rather than losing it as a casualty of war, I’d rather offer it as sacrifice for battle. It would symbolize the shedding of the old, and the coming of anew through this season of war: one of my many badges of honor and courage (BGSC Battle Series, 2014, forthcoming).
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who may not be confident with their BALDhead? I was unapologetic for disrobing in stores because I accepted what and how I was feeling: HOT! These moments symbolize a much greater appreciation for my need of comfort than how others perceived me. My quality of life is contingent on my comfort to breathe and live how I desire, which is essentially far more important than the keeping up in appearances. The irony is that when I received these not so inconspicuous stares, it was generally from men. Some of which were balding or alreadly bald. My response in the accidental glances that caught my eye and did not attempt to avoid was, "Hey! Don't we have the same hair cut?"