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, insecurities became prevalent. I often questioned, "why did I have to go through this sickness?" The disease or treatments were not initially a problem for me, however what came after was. Because of this rare type of cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma) and many surgeries that followed, I have a permanent colostomy and urostomy. They function for my bladder and bowel, which forces me to wear ostomy bags (pouches). There were many difficulties and adversities that followed. The duration of my future is a journey with unexpected outcomes. A dilemma I call “pretty girl blues”.
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