BB2G Calendar: November - I Am The Face Of
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes here at the Band to bring you a most special gift for the new year. We’ve been working on creating a calendar. I KNOW. It’s very exciting indeed.
We knew we wanted to feature some of our very own Band members, but we also wanted to feature some of the conditions that we are the face of. Because here at the Band we are the face of many things, and we want people to know that we’re not afraid to own those things and talk about them.
In addition to asking 13 folks to take a pretty picture for us, we also sat down with them to discuss what condition each is the face of, and what they have to say about it.
Introducing our very own Cindy, who is up in November 2013 and representing the face of Domestic Violence.
What brought you to the Band?
I can’t say ‘no’ to Aunt Becky. She sent out a call for stories. I sent one. Later, she sent out a call for help. I’m honored to contribute however I can.
How has this condition changed your life?
It has made me appreciate what I have now, with my Sunshine—a reasonably healthy relationship.
What advice would you give to others about your condition?
You don’t have to live like I did. You deserve better.
What myth about your condition do you wish people would stop believing?
My mom wondered why I was doing this, because when she thinks of victims of domestic violence, she thinks of the woman who has to hide because her life is in danger. Domestic violence is more pervasive, more insidious, more widespread than that. Not all of us become the Lifetime movie of the week, yet it affects us just as greatly, just as deeply.
If you had one day to do anything, with no limitations, what would you do?
As little as possible. In my Manolos.
Where is your favorite place, real or imaginary, and why is it your favorite?
Cuba, because it is forbidden.
What is your favorite dessert?
Chocolate peanut butter cookie cheesecake at Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro. It is sex on a plate.
Who is your hero, and why?
My mom. Because her love has never wavered. Never. She is also the strongest person I think I will ever meet.
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