I reside in Jacksonville, FL where I was born and raised. A child of the 60s and 70s, I found my creative release through poetry where I could express myself in rhyme and verse. The foundation of my identity as a mother, wife, sister, and daughter fuels my passion for family and life. I am a caregiver, homemaker extraordinaire, crocheter, interior design enthusiast, and a self-proclaimed fashionista. My ideas are many and my drive to create is fierce.
As a three-time cancer survivor, I have experienced the preciousness of life, the pain of recovery, and the altered landscape of my body. Through the surgeries and chemotherapy, I remained beautiful inside and out because my beauty was an emotion that radiated from within me. Sure, life has given me a few battle scars, but I wear them with pride as a show of my strength.
One consequence of my health journey has been alopecia which the National Alopecia Areata Foundation defines as a “common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body.” This disease can affect all ethnicities, genders, and ages. My heart especially swells for children with alopecia who may be vulnerable to self-esteem issues and susceptible to bullying. I want these angels to celebrate their uniqueness and for their peers to embrace the physical differences of others.
Thus, Annabelle Lee was born. A personification of my inner child, Annabelle Lee is a feisty, young girl who triumphantly sports her bald head as she educates the world about alopecia. I hope that her fierce confidence is infectious and equips little girls and boys with the fortitude to honor their self-worth.