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We were just given a shout out here regarding our cause to raise awareness regarding Global Alopecia Mission. Please go by and like their page!!!!!! We are honored!!!!

Global Alopecia Mission truly does have the strongest and most positive supporters, giving alopecia areata awareness month a different meaning. This is the work of a mother and daughter who both suffer from Alopecia Areata. Please take a second and check out their amazing organization, New Impression!!!!!!!

And thank you ladies for volunteering your efforts to help raise awareness and funds for research, to help find a cure for alopecia areata.

Both my daughter and I suffer from this disorder. We are totally bald. I have been wearing hairpieces, weaves, wigs, and hair prosthesis(very expensive) for the last 30 years. I was devasted when my daughter began to lose her hair at 30. However she is the courageous one. Last year after trying all of the above, she deciced to shave her head! I was alarmed and some what ashamed at first. Then I realized I was worried that people would realized that I too am bald. Well, I woke up last August and shaved my head. I still wear a wig . It is exhausting to have to explain that “no I don’t have cancer” and other questions relating to my hair. I am proud to have found through facebook and twitter organizations dedicated to raising Alopecia Awareness. I am finally out of the closet. I have posted our picture all over Facebook. I have volunteered with the Global Alopecia Project to help raise money as well as awareness. Finally, I am ashamed of my vanity when I think of the young children afflicted by this disorder and have been bald all of their life. This is an auto immune disease. In our case it is hereditary as my grandmother had it as well. It is sad because our insurance company is unwilling to authorize any treatment for our disorder. Young children are forced to wear wigs when their are hair prosthesis that are available that would give them the freedom to swim, run, and play. I have a new passion! Raise awareness! Challenge our insurance company to authorize treatment including hair prosthesis’s. I pay them enough money to do so. Until then, I am free to do what I want with this head of mine. I am no longer ashamed and I am thankful to be well. Beside, at age 62, I am free to be me.

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I have been working as a Social Worker with these surivors and they are an awesome group.  Go to facbook and like our page.

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Sisters United: Mentorship Program for Black Female Students in Fifth Year.

Mentorship is an important part of my way of paying it forward.  Last year, I was invited to attend the Sisters United Networking Event, and met so many lovely and intelligent young women.   It was an amazing experience and I could not help wonder, where are all of the mentors?   Okay, I am going to get on my soapbox for a moment.  After all this is my blog and I am able to go off on a tangent from time to time. The problem, many of us, graduate from a University and take off to make big money in the world and never think twice about giving back.  I am a different breed. My parents were sharecroppers and were unable to attend school. Why? They had to work in the fields.   I was a little girl when they told me that they had to drop out of school to help out in the fields.  I remember feeling an incredible sense of sadness.   They went on to tell me to go to school and to do well.  I took their words to heart . I finished high school in 1968 . I got married the next year, however I never lost the desire to become educated.   My ex husband was a Marine, and as we moved from base to base, I went to school.  In 1980,  I earned my AA Degree..   Ten years later, with one child in the Navy, and one in High School. I returned to Cal State Dominguez Hills and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service.  I continued to USC and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I will never forget my first day of class at SC.  I was so intimidated because I felt so out of place.  My fellow classmates all had parent’s, friends, brother, or sisters that had attended graduate school.  They were in their twenties and I was in my forties.  I had to work, pray, and study twice as hard.  I felt as though  there were no mentors to guide me.  I felt lost and alone.  Thank God for the wonderful  and supportive USC faculty and staff members all whom were my mentors.   For example, Dean Caple, (now Dr. Caple)  was my mentor, and my angel.  I remembering crying to her about feeling so out of place.  She gave me that “sista look”, and reminded me that I was accepted into the program because I was qualified to complete the graduate program!!!   My professors and field instructors also were great mentors as well.  I was fortunate to work for Dr. Bob Nishimoto and Amelia Roberts both excellent mentors as well. Moreover, I made a committment to God, if he would allow me to finish the Graduate Program, I promised to give back to others students.  Since 1996 , I have kept that promise.  I am an active member of USC School of Social Work Alumni Association and Cal State Dominguez Hills.  I also have been a member of the USC Black Alumni Association. There are so many young people that are in  need of mentors.  There are many older returning students that need guidance and support.  It is very troubling to me that so few people are willing to take the time to support their Alumni Associations.   I personally feel that to much is given much is required.  Therefore, it has been a blessing to me to give back to my school and to support those that are entering school for the very first time.  Many like myself are first generation college students.  We need to seriously take the time to reach back and grab another person by the hand.   It really does not take that much time.    For me, it has been a blessing to give back to others.  The reward of seeing someone make it because I  took the time out to help support them is priceless!!!!!! I

Alumni Return to CSU Dominguez Hills for Commencement Exercises.

Save the DATE: May 20, 2011 6-7:30 pm. Home Depot Center, Carson Ca. 90746. Show your Toro spirit by participating in the 2011 Commencement Alumni Processional.  I particpated last year and it was one of the best experiences of my life.   I felt so honored to sit on the stage with Henry Cisnersos, the keynote speaker. I never felt so proud as I watched the graduates walk across the stage.   I made a committment to return every year!!!!! I am hoping that my lovely daughter will join me this year.  She graduated in 2001!!!!!! So if you are an Alumni of CSU Dominguez Hills please join me!!!!! If you are interested, please RSVP to the Office of Alumni Programs at (310)243-2237 by Friday May 13, 2011.  You may also email fhernandez@csud.edu.

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Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu,
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu,
Happy Birrrrthday Dear Jurline,
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu!

A few years back, not so long ago, heaven and earth erupted into a major celebration with the news of your impending adventure into this very time and space. You see, someone like Jurline Redeaux doesn’t come along all that often. In fact, there’s never been a single one like you, nor is there ever ANY possibility that another will come again. You’re an Angel among us. Someone, whose eyes see what no others will EVER see, whose ears hear what no others will EVER hear, and whose perspective and feelings will NEVER, ever be duplicated. Without YOU, the Universe, and ALL THAT IS, would be sadly less than it is.

Quite simply:

You’re the kind of person, Jurline,
Who’s hard to forget,
A one-in-a-million
To the people you’ve met.
Your friends are as varied
As the places you go,
And they all want to tell you
In case you don’t know:
That you make a big difference
In the lives that you touch,
By taking so little
And giving so much!

Jurline, you are so AWESOME! For your birthday, friends and angels from every corner of the Universe, including buddies you didn’t know you had, will be with you to wish you the HAPPIEST of days and an exciting new year in time and space. You won’t be alone!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jurline!

Michael Silverman 
I am not the original writer, I liked what i saw and it made me think of you, so i customized it for your birthday.  

PS – Jurline, this is going to be YOUR year!!

 

Dear Jurline,

I have watched you mature so much in the last year.  You are truly one amazing woman.  I admire your compassion as well as your passion.  I love that you always look a the positives versus the negative.  I love your ability to give so much of youself to help make this world a better place.  I love your generous spirit. I have watched you share your last to help someone else. I love your sense of social justice, girl you take care of business.  I love your faith, your tenacious spirit, your courage, your ability to take a stand for what is right.  I love that you love your family.  I love that you care about your community and willing to make positive social changes against the odds.   I love your energy, your creative and active mind.  I still can’t believe you are sixty.  I love your pretty brown eyes so big and expressive.  I love your ability to sell yourself. You are so confident.  You are so friendly and outgoing.  I love your ability to communicate.  Public speaking is your gift.  I love that you value education. Working on a second Master’s Degree? I love your sense of committment. You are a good friend.  I love your ability to encourage others.  I love your honesty and your Pollyanna attitude.  I love your faith in God! I love your relationship with your children especially your daughter. I love that they both love and respect you so much.  I love your sense of humour. I love to see you dance.  I love the girl in you.  I love your positive spirit! I love your walk, your talk, your ability to command attention without hardly trying.  I love that you are one intelligent woman with an inquisitive mind.  I love your inner and outer beauty.  I love the color of your skin, your hair, your body! You are truly a beautiful and vibrant woman.  I love your passion for life and your passion to love.  I love that when you are in love with someone you give them your all.  I love your integrity.   I love that you will fight for what is right, regardless of the consequences.  I love that you are a great parent and a terrific grandparent.  I love that you have so many good friends that love and support you.  I love that you are fearless! Is there anything you will not try? I love your sense of adventure. I love that you love spending time being alone with you.  I love that you are respected by your family, friends, and colleagues.  I love that you do not hold onto the past, you press forward.  I love that you are learning to cope with your illness and recovery is a possibility for you.  I love you for working hard to leave a meaningful legacy to your children and grandchildren.  A legacy of greatness.  I love your loyalty.  On the other hand, I love that you know how to walk away from a negative situation with dignity.  Yes I love that you are a sexy and dignified woman.  You are not afraid to embrace your sensuality.  I love that you are well read, educated, fearless, true blue altruistic woman!!!!! I love you for acceptance of others, the underrepresented and underserved.  I love your appreciation of nature.  You are truly a special person.  God’s gift to the world. Jurline,  I am thankful that you are my best friend.   I feel blessed when I am with you. 

Love always,

Jurline