katandra shanel jackson nunnally

I am and I am not my hair… I am.

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I am my hair. Often adorned and embellished, this external extension of me, this visual exterior show of me. Be it long, short or somewhere in between, there is no denying that I am my hair. Internal factors sometimes directly affect our hair. Those that employ some semblance of a healthy regimen (diet and lifestyle) are rewarded with vibrant, lustrous hair. Stress can literally wreak havoc on a head of hair! Causing dry, brittle hair and serious breakage. Hair loss is sometimes the result of side effects of medicines and aggressive  medical treatments (see hair loss and chemotherapy, http://www.healthline.com/health/chemotherapy#SideEffects3). Have you ever heard of alopecia (http://www.healthgrades.com/conditions/alopecia)? Is it safe to say that the presence or absence of a thing so seemingly simple as hair, can contribute to the overall build up or break down of ones’ personality? Is hair then an environmental factor? I did after all grow up without my father, but I been rocking this hair for 30+ years. Nevermind if the walls could talk. If our hair could talk, oh the tales each head of hair would tell! I believe that consciously and/or subconsciously, hair does affect our day to day lives. Another component which is me… My crown and glory. My strength. I am my hair.

Photos: August 2015, before the big chop & color.April 2016, after the big chop & color.

Check out first photos of my personal Natural Hair Journey… https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10208737684020292.1073741856.1257799850&type=1&l=65f1c37c62

Stay tuned for ‘I am NOT my hair…’ #IAmAndIAmNotMyHair ~Kat. CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, http://www.freedomink365.com/the_books

Carnal Sobriety, Day 6

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An addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Do tell! What’s your addiction?

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“I felt like I needed a man to validate my worth. Sex made me feel wanted, needed, desired, beautiful, powerful, loved. I was totally in control! Right?”

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~CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally, www.freedomink365.com


Carnal Sobriety, Day 4

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Psychology. Human sexuality. Biography & Autobiography. Personal Memoir. Self-help. Compulsive behavior. A true story about sexual addiction. Carnal Sobriety is available via paperback at Barnes & Noble, http://bit.ly/1CuXG67 Enjoy this Photo Excerpt…

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“Is that the ultimate need? To secure some agent to act as a salve, a bandage, a cover-up, concealer over the black eye, as opposed to facing the issue head on. Nobody wants to address the fist. We’d all much rather take something for the pain and make it all go away.”

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing,  Katandra Jackson Nunnally, @Twitter: https://twitter.com/FreedomInk365

Uterine Fibroids Part 3: The Silent Treatment

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If Uterine Fibroids are so common, why the silent treatment? What’s the big secret? I’d much rather reveal those embarrassing symptoms than live in this constant pain!


It’s possible that I never heard of Uterine Fibroids because nobody is talking about it… And if they are, it’s a full on whisper. I put a follow-up appointment on hold for months, literally. But the pain of it all won’t let me put it off another day. That 2nd opinion came with a specialist referral. The invasive peek will reveal the diagnosis to be true or false… Uterine fibroids! All the symptoms have been at play for over a year.
•heavy bleeding between or during your periods that includes blood clots… Longer/heavier cycles!!
•pain in the pelvis and/or lower back… Pain, pain, and more pain, without warning!!
•increased menstrual cramping… PAIN!!
•increased urination… Frequent peeing all day AND all night!!
•pain during intercourse… Did I mention the PAIN?!?!
•menstruation that lasts longer than usual… What used to be 3 days has become a full week!!! Groan.
•pressure or fullness in your lower abdomen… Feeling fat and less than fabulous. Anybody notice my fitness kick? Hmmm.
•swelling or enlargement of the abdomen… Not only do I feel pregnant… I look it too!

Enough is enough. I’m ready for the next follow-up. It’s time to take back my life! Beast mode… Grrr!

Learn more about Uterine Fibroids—> http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally


Uterine Fibroids Part 2: Finger pricks hurt like hell & appointments 2 – 4

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A lump I can feel with my amateur fingers, in my left breast. A lump the Doctor can feel with his experienced fingers, in my right breast. Negative pregnancy test. Uterus enlarged to 8 weeks (possible Uterine Fibroids). And to top it all off, low iron! Why do finger pricks hurt like hell? It’s just a little stick that barely breaks the surface of such a small extremity. But I declare, that pointer finger has a heartbeat that prefers not to be disturbed.


Appointment number 2: Mammogram. A stranger’s hands pulling your breast. The knob is twisted and two plates smash down on that precious fatty tissue. The flattened breast is twisted every which way. Then the sonogram… Just like when I was expecting my children and they put the cold gelatinous substance on my belly and ran the probe over my pregnant tummy so that the little body snatcher could be seen en utero! Same method but way strange. After that is done, we play the waiting game AND thank you sweet Jesus!! I’m still praising The Most High… No cancer claimed. No cancer found.

Appointment number 3: A follow up after receiving the digital print of the Mammogram and Sonogram results. Negative. “What you’re feeling and what we’re seeing are non-cancerous cysts.” Here is a term I totally understand! I’ve been instructed to keep an eye on the cyst. If it does not grow larger or change in any way, all should be fine. Fingers crossed and prayers in constant rotation. I am due back for the follow up of this follow up, any day now, making the upcoming appointment, appointment number 5.

Appointment number 4: A second opinion before a specialist referral. By this time I’ve done some research on Uterine Fibroids. I understand what they are although not even experts fully understand why they are. Another exam table. Another finger prick. My iron levels so low that a hemoglobin analysis is conducted. That consisted of a larger needle and two vials of blood drawn. Anemic. Meds have been started. Glad it’s a little pill! The Physician examined me. She asked lots of questions:

Do you have a regular monthly menstrual cycle? How long does it last? How heavy is the flow? Tampons or pads? How many do you go through in a day? So you double up and you still bleed through?Is there clotting? Any significant cramping and/or severe pain? Is the cramping and pain only during your menstrual cycle? Any irregular bleeding between cycles? How long has that been going on?

She made the call to refer me to an Ob/Gyn. I’m awaiting the call for that appointment. Recap: My breasts are in the safe zone, however there is another situation at hand… Whatever is going on is making me bleed, a lot. The loss of blood is causing me to be anemic. I’m in constant excruciating pain. The kind that takes your breath away and leaves you doubled over and reminds you of labor and childbirth. I look and feel pregnant. My self esteem has left the building due to all of this. Yet, I never complained or wondered if my current state was cause for concern. I’m a woman and our bodies are always changing. I suppose I thought it was just one of those things. I’m glad I felt that lump in my breast that night. I’m so ready to reclaim my life!

To be continued…

Learn more about Uterine Fibroids—> http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally


Uterine Fibroids Part 1: 8 Weeks NOT Pregnant

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Yes! You read the title right. No typo. A few months ago I found a lump in my left breast. Being from a single parent, low income home, healthcare was pretty scarce. I suppose I’m stuck in that old mindset of ‘No medical insurance, no care.’ and for good reason. Being newly married has afforded me benefits unknown. For one, a husband that declares no dollar amount is greater than my health! So with his prompting to get this lump seen about, I made an appointment… The first but not the last.


The initial appointment was made with the local Health Department. A Physician saw me. Examined my breasts, found not only the lump I could feel, but also a smaller lump in the right breast that was undetected by my self-exam. So now I’m double scared. But fear is soon joined by mild anger. The Physician seeing the last Pap on file had taken place several years ago, ordered me to strip, don the paper gown, lie back, saddle my feet into those cold unforgiving stirrups, and scunch my tush to the very end of that narrow strip that they call a table, ha!

So the Physician is down there getting extra personal with my lady business and I’m thinking, “Oh what fun! Grrr. My husband is not gonna like this one bit!” I couldn’t resist asking the Doctor, “After this up close encounter, you’re buying me dinner, right?” He totally blushed… After getting dressed, the Doctor steps back into the exam room to give me the news. For starters, he eased my nerves with a little pep talk about not worrying about the lumps in my breasts until the mammogram was done. The invasive peek would either deny or confirm my premature fears. He goes on to let me know that my uterus/womb is enlarged to about 8 weeks. Shocked and stunned, I explain that I had a tubal ligation about 12 years ago and my cycle is never late. He orders me to pee in a cup and asks a series of questions and makes an early, but assumed diagnosis… Uterine fibroids… He’s speaking Portuguese, I’ve never even heard of uterine fibroids. Pregnancy test… Negative.

To Be Continued…

Learn more about Uterine Fibroids—> http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally


B.Y.O.B Bring Your Own Book

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The next time you are expecting a delay of any kind, bring a book! It’s nothing like sitting in a waiting room (the longest waits ever!!) and instead of pulling out your hi-tech cellular phone, you instead crack open a book. Oh the looks on the faces of strangers all around. It’s like you’re not just another social media zombie… Instead, you’re the beacon of some brilliant secret, a national treasure, the keeper of an enlightened world. I’ve been getting that strange look for years from my own family. So to see that look etched on the faces of those I’m unfamiliar with is priceless.

What books are keeping you entertained this summer. Remember: E-readers don’t make great beach company & books never need charging. Pick one up today and go-go-go! It’s never too late to join our summer reading challenge… https://www.facebook.com/events/1109248062434457/

Looking for great books to occupy that idle time and a most brilliant mind? Look no further than FreedomInk Publishing. Fiction, Non fiction, Poetry, Erotic Urban Novels, Fantasy, Encouragement, and so much more. — http://www.freedomink365.com/the_books

Happy reading. Happy summer. ~Katandra Jackson Nunnally, CEO at FreedomInk Publishing


Love Continuum by Ja’Maela Byrd writing as Aria Knox

Coming soon to FreedomInk Publishing

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