My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

Fighting Fibroids with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

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Remember I told you I gave the presentation of my dreams last year? Well I almost missed out on that dream. A few days before my business trip to Austin, Texas, I was in a lot of pain. So much so I postponed my flight. Initially I thought it was a bladder infection that just wouldn’t heal. Every time I blinked I had to pee and I was really bloated. The antibiotics I took were helping but once I was done with the prescriptions, symptoms flared up.

I went to the OBGYN, had an ultrasound and was told I had fibroids. One decided to grow right by my bladder, which explained the frequent urination.  Thankfully they’re all small, but those little suckers are mighty. They hurt. The doctor gave me a pamphlet with info on surgical options.  Ibuprofen helped ease the pain and frequent urination, which allowed me make my trip to Austin. I still wasn’t well.

Initially I wanted surgery. Then, a story broke about 13-year-old Jahi McMath. The girl went to Oakland Children’s Hospital for a tonsillectomy and ended up brain dead. That scared the bejeezus out of me. I began researching natural ways to treat fibroids and started asking around for references to people who practice holistic medicine.

My step-grandmother came to the rescue and referred me to someone who specializes in acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I drink the herbs as a tea three times a day. They taste awful, like burnt coffee grounds and dirt.  The results outweigh the horrible taste. Within a week of taking the herbs my symptoms allayed. Frequent urination is gone. Most of my days are pain free.

Bottoms Up! This is the chinese herb tea
I drink 3 times a day. Looks good
doesn't it? 

 I wish I had tried acupuncture years ago because I love it.  It really relaxes me and gives me new energy. The combination of the herbs and acupuncture has made a difference in my life.

I also have to give a shout out and big thanks to Youtube vlogger DrKDollface. She shared her experience of treating fibroids with Chinese herbs and acupuncture in her videos. I learned a lot about the process from her experience. Her videos gave me a lot of hope. You never know how your actions can impact people.

From what I’ve read and been told, it’s not easy to treat fibroids naturally. Maybe I’m having luck because they’re small.  I’ve been on the herbs for about four months now. There ‘s been no shrinkage of the fibroids, but thankfully no growth either.  I pray that the herbs and acupuncture heal me. In the meantime, I’m happy my symptoms have drastically decreased.

Fibroids are very common and high among African-American women and Asian women. I believe I was in college when I attended a presentation by two black women who practiced non-western medicine. Something they said stuck with me. They said when women stress, it travels to our feminine parts like our breasts and wombs. And they said fibroids are common among Black women because many of us live stressful lives. We’re dealing with work, motherhood, relationships and poverty. Add to that racism and sexism. It makes sense how stress affects our health.

While helping my grandfather during his bout with cancer, I was hella stressed. In the back of my mind during that time, I hoped that it wouldn’t cause me to get sick or have fibroids. Maybe I developed fibroids from stress. Or maybe they grew because it’s hereditary. I’m extra committed to living stress-free as possible.

In addition to the Chinese herbs and acupuncture I’m also going to take up yoga. I just want to be fly and healthy.


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