â€œGive purpose to your pain. Share your story.â€ â€“ Christine MacDonald
Â From working the pole â€“ to sharing her soul.Â A bit corny, but thatâ€™s Christine. Sheâ€™s also an abuse and cancer survivor, recovering drug addict and ex-stripper (Waikiki 1987-1996).
Through her writing she usesÂ her voice, a unique blend of cutting truth and self-deprecating humor to inspire others to release their shame and tell their story.
At age 14 she was diagnosed with a skin disease (Grade IV Acne Conglobata) that left her face severely scarred. By 19 she began her decade long stripping career in Waikiki (1987-1996),Â and by 21 was a full-blown drug addict.
Over 20 years and many life lessons later, Christine is happy to have survived it all.
A member of The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), Christine is currently working on her memoir.
Christine and Larry Smith at THE MOMENT book signing event in San Francisco.
Her published work can be found in The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure, SMITH Magazine, Guide to Literary Agents, Scribd, Salon, and Anaheim Examiner.
Her piece,Â Voluntary Termination was featured in SMITH Magazine, which was later published (â€œSunset Stripâ€) alongside such artists as Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), Melissa Etheridge, and Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee, Groundhog Day, Seinfeld, Californication) in the highly anticipated anthology, The Moment (Harper Collins) â€“ available in book stores everywhere.
As notedÂ in herÂ guestÂ columnÂ for Chuck Sambuchinoâ€™sÂ Guide to Literary AgentsÂ website, Christine is an avid supporter of equal rights.Â SheÂ is a memberÂ of celebrity photographer Adam BouskaÂ and partner JeffÂ Parshleyâ€™s NOH8 CampaignÂ and founded Another way to say it Greetings, a greeting card project that caters to her friends of the GLBT community.
Christine brings her love of the coast to CaliforniaÂ where she has lived since 1996.
Recovering Narcissist. Retired Burlesque Dancer/Stripper (87-96). Contributing author of The Moment (Harper). My book, Pour Some Sugar on Me out soon.
One of the hardest things to master is loving ourselves unconditionally, and thanks to people who try and hit us where it hurts, we are reminded that we do.
Read full blog here:Â http://poletosoul.me/2015/07/18/face-value/
This Is Me, Christine MacDonald.Â FACE. VALUE.Â I tried to remember I was still beautiful, but the word â€œstillâ€ is the dagger. â€œStillâ€ is one of those words with hidden agenda; threaded in a compliment with conditions. But itâ€™s a compliment, nonetheless. Iâ€™d take a â€œstillâ€ over none at all.