On December 11th, 2012, Pamela Rolland will showcase her Spring 2013 line alongside the talents of hairstylist John Barrett, makeup and stylists by Laura Mercier and Chopard jewelers at the Mount Sinai Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria. The event is to benefit women’s health initiatives at Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai is committed to raising awareness and education for women’s health of early prevention and detection of diseases, and fund research on reproductive cancers and heart health.
Our team will be blogging live backstage as the models are prepped with photos, tips and descriptions of what beauty trends to expect for Spring 2013. When the runway show starts, we will be out front to send you the latest photos of this great line. Sneak peeks can be seen at http://www.pamellaroland.com/collections.php?season=spring2013
Many of us have dealt with women’s health issues somewhere in our lives, whether it is personally or through a loved one. When I was a young teen, I watched my mother, then 36, go through a very long and difficult bout with infertility. After miscarriages, surgeries to correct her issue (severe endometriosis) and the emotions that accompany these issues, she did get pregnant (twice!) and I now have two incredible siblings.
When I got married, my husband and I knew we wanted kids, but were unsure of when. I always had the fear of my mother’s infertility issues in the back of my head. As soon as we felt we were ‘ready’ (as ready as we could have been!), we tried for a baby. 10 months later we welcomed a baby girl followed by a baby boy almost 3 years later.
Now, approaching 30, I went to my doctors with concerns of ‘not feeling like myself’. Every test came back normal, absolutely nothing was wrong with me. I pressed on knowing I was not crazy and that I just did not feel 100%. After seeing a specialist and getting many tests done it has been concluded that I likely have something called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is by no means deadly, but it is painful and often a cause of infertility.
The moral to my story? Thank God I listened to my gut and did not wait to try for children. I assume the PCOS would have been manageable and I would have been able to have children now, but I would have likely had to go through a similar battle that my mother did. I’m almost 30 and it has begun, what if I waited until I was 35 to try for children? Does that mean I think every woman should have kids at 25? Absolutely not! I knew, somehow, what was right for me and we did it. Thankfully, my parents did not shield their battle from me and I understood what was going on. I was able to use that knowledge to make decisions for myself later in my life and that decision has brought me two healthy children with my wonderful husband.
Women’s Health at Mount Sinai focus on the promotion of health, safety and quality of life throughout a woman’s entire life. For my mother and me, Gynecology problems had to be overcome. Many visits were in store for us at a center not unlike the Center for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Gynecology. For many of you, it may be diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, osteoporosis, weight control and so much more.
How does this affect you? Well, to start we would love to direct you to the page where you can purchase tickets for the event and/or donate to Mount Sinai to help fund research and prevention awareness. Mount Sinai Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon page. Every donation counts and no amount is too small. Beyond contributing to the cause, this article and event may matter to you because you may be the one lucky winner that wins the $500 ticket to accompany us to the event and backstage coverage! We will be giving away one ticket to one lucky reader to attend the Pamella Roland Spring 2013 Runway Show and Luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria on December 11th, 2012. Did that get your attention?!
To enter, we need you to send us your stories of how you or someone you love has been affected by women’s health issues. All women, all ages and all women’s health issues count. All entries must be received by December 7th at 12pm. The winner will be announced and contacted the evening of Friday December 7th. Send all entries to Jennifer@ABeautyLoft.com.
This event is going to be magnificent and it is for an incredible cause. If you cannot attend, please donate whatever you can and if you are availableon December 11th, please share your story to enter the giveaway. We are so looking forward to spending the day with one of our lucky readers.