I must tell you about a friend, a condition, a cause and a book.
The friend is Pam Fitros. She has a condition called Alopecia. Pam has taken up the cause to educate and edify others and has authored the book… Boldly Bald Women. Release date… March 22, 2013. That would be… NOW!!! The minute you are done reading this please run over to Amazon and order.
Pam Fitros and I have a history. We met the weekend of June 25, 1994 in Arlington, Texas. Pam arrived from Michigan to see her nephew Bob get married. I arrived from Washington state to watch Hub give his sister Nan away to Bob. (Isn’t this every brothers dream, giving their sister away?) Weddings are full of gift giving. Pam and I walked away with the gift of friendship.
Over the years we have weathered the ups and downs of marriage, motherhood and some of lifes hardest knocks… the latest being Alopecia. Alopecia simply means, hair loss or baldness. But this is where the simple ends. There is no way to sugar coat this story. Some hurdles Pam faced were so high, my end of the phone or email was washed with tears and prayers. (To be fair, we shared some good laughs along the way also. That’s just the way we roll.)
I knew nothing about alopecia until Pam’s experience. I remember vividly her frustrations at loosing clumps of hair, dealing with workplace discrimination and family pressure. Add to this the fight for self acceptance and it is a battle that could take most people down. Fortunately for us this is not where her story ends.
Pam is a special gift to life. Her spirit continues to shine with wisdom and fortitude…
She is unstoppable.
Today I get to celebrate with my beautifully bald friend as she launches her book… Boldly Bald Women… available through Amazon. If you know (or are) a woman who is dealing with any type of hair loss, Pam’s words are just the support needed.
What a gift I was given at that wedding back in 1994. What a gift we are all given today.
Note: It was an honor to be asked to write a cover blurb… and I want it to be known, the irony did not go unnoticed. The top corner tag ‘non-fiction health’, two areas I’m not known for has caused a few eyes to roll. Now, you need to click the link above to see my blurb. And while you’re there… buy the book.