After suffering from Fibromyalgia for the past several years, I’ve recently discovered yet another common symptom of this pesky ailment…Metal allergies. This newfound revelation has caused me to have to shelve my beloved wedding ring. I’ve worn the 14K gold ring that that housed the diamond worn by my mother-in-law on her own wedding day for nearly two years. All of a sudden, I developed a burn-like rash that would take weeks to heal.
Feeling defeated, I began trying other hypoallergenic ring types including stainless steel and even tungsten, but it was all in vain. Apparently, even the slightest bit of nickel will cause the same reaction. I decided to look for a vintage [faux] ivory or bone ring, which would coincide perfectly with my neo-hippie nature, however, I knew that when I was forced to conform and wear dress suits, after fives, etc., I may need another option.
Finally, I started searching for glass jewelry and found a wonderful designer in Berlin, Germany by the name Thor Karlsen. He made me a fabulous custom piece! The photo really does this ring no justice — it’s absolutely stunning and no one else in the world has one just like it! Best of all, it’s comfortable and there will be no allergic reactions!
For anyone experiencing similar symptoms, know that hope is not lost. There are alternatives to gold, silver, and other precious metals.
Today is both the start of Black History Month and World Hijab Day. As an African American, I have obviously faced, endured, and overcome blatant prejudice and racism since my youth. At this point in my life, I have unfortunately come to accept that this discrimination will never change for me and those older than myself. I do pray, however, that things may one day be different for my son and for my granddaughter.
For this reason, I have a very difficult time standing by and watching others being discriminated against. Ghandi once chided that we should be the change we want to see in the world. Following his wisdom, I prepared a short video in support of a group that is now encountering widespread prejudice because of the veils that they wear to honor God and their faith. Today being World Hijab Day, I thought it was appropriate to share it (click here.)
I, my granddaughter, and several friends and acquaintances donned hijabs in the video as a show of solidarity and to counter the attacks many have faced since 9/11. Today is a day for you to do the same.
Please consider that most ethnicities have a traditional head covering that is unique to that culture. When I wear my African headwraps, not only do I feel as though I’m being hugged by my ancestors; I feel as though I am being embraced by God.
Because the emotion is too heavy for me to describe, I invite you to research your own traditional head covering, don it at least once, remember how you feel wearing it, and then look with respect to those Muslimah who choose to do the same. Peace and Blessings!