Living In My Skin, Even if it's Purple

In Living in My Skin, Even if it’s Purple, an inspirational memoir,
six-year-old Debbie discovers she has one red arm and one white
arm—an extensive port wine stain (birthmark).  Taunted as a child
because of her difference and ignored by boys in her teens, she
refuses to allow her birthmark to imprison her and eventually learns
self-acceptance.  Later, medical problems lead to surprising
developments and obstacles—finding love while hospitalized,
experiencing paralysis during pregnancy, learning to walk again,
and ultimately discovering that her birthmark is a symptom of
Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (K-T), a rare congenital disorder.

                                     The Author

Living in My Skin, Even if it’s Purple is the first  book for Debbie
Fox, a multiple, award-winning writer (most notable: second place
in the
2009 Tom Howard/John Reid essay/short story contest on
Winning Writers).  Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared
in magazines (
Sasee, HeartLand Boating, Women on Writing,
MVP Outdoors, PlainsFaith, Now What?, Lipstik, The Fellowship
Link, Humor Press, Literal Chaos
), newspapers (Belleville News
Democrat, Freeburg Tribune, Journal Messenger, North County
News), a textbook (
Writing Well, A Guide to English 101 at
College of the Canyons
), and anthologies.  

For twenty-two years, Debbie worked as an RN, writing policy and
procedure manuals and self-study programs for nurses, and
conducting classes. Since 2008, she has been a contributor to
HeartLand Boating magazine.  No longer nursing, she is a St.
Louis Writers Guild Member of Distinction and manages the
publicity for her church.  Debbie lives near her family in Smithton,
Illinois with her eight-pound Coton de Tulear dog, Kobe.  Despite
innumerable challenges, Debbie seeks to understand the lessons
imparted and looks to the Lord for strength.  You’ll always find her
smiling, and her writing, often tinged with humor, reflects her
positive attitude.  She hopes that
Living in My Skin, Even if it’s
, her story of courage, will inspire self-acceptance in those
who have a less than perfect image and will serve as a stimulus to
others to move beyond differences.  
Photo by Larissa Photography

                                     The Future

Currently, Debbie is working on second book, Something About
, an account of the circumstances that led to the
shocking discovery her only child, a seven-year-old daughter,
had AIDS.