It can be said that in life, one goes through pain and one grows through pain. What does that process look like?
The striking resemblance of such may be found in Greenville native Angela Chatman’s “The Bald Truth” — a book written to serve as a path in healing others and an eventual source of strength for the author.
“‘The Bald Truth’ screams victory and hope over life’s many adversities,” Chatman asserts in the book synopsis. “It is a powerful tell all that takes the reader on a journey of childhood sexual abuse, rape, divorce, failed relationships, and her personal struggle with severe health issues.”
Despite the tumultuous trajectory of that journey, a journey of faith ensued as Chatman grew closer to God and found the ultimate comfort “in His love” after a failed suicide attempt.
Her spiritual armor and faith helped her to withstand as she “battled Satan” to save her son’s life.
The transparency of Chatman’s testimony seems unparalleled, but is in fact, intentional in illustrating the transformation of her life from victimization to victory. Or, as she put it, a strong survivor.
Chatman was asked at what point did she know she wanted to share her story with the world.
“I started having surgeries at a time when social media was in its embryo stage and there was no way to effectively communicate updates to people,” she said. “In 2016, my health took a turn for the worse, and it was at that point I decided to share my story with the world. Initially, I had planned to only write about my medical challenges, but felt it was important to discuss my journey from the very beginning.”
As gripping and impactful as it may be, the publishing of Chatman’s work was not without its challenges.
She said when it came to actually publishing her work, she was not very knowledgeable in that area and, unfortunately, fell victim to a local publishing company with the original release of her book.
“After they gained referrals and royalties I was left with nothing but indescribable pain,” Chatman recalled. “I was at the point of giving up, but God wanted my story to be told. So, as the copyright owner, I took the necessary legal measures and relaunched my book as a self published author.”
Chatman’s experience with the local publishing company, could, too, be deemed as a “victimization turned victory” moment.
“Elated” is how Chatman described the feeling she had once the book was officially published.
But, ultimately, the feeling readers experience after they venture through the pages of Chatman’s story is what she looks forward to.
She said, “The most important thing I want people to glean from the book, is to never be ashamed of their truth.”
Having climbed and made it to the proverbial peak of many mountains, Chatman could not imagine being quiet about how she has persevered.
More so, she is cognizant of her ability to inspire and fully embraces it with the publishing of her book.
“Despite the traumas that I was plagued with, I transparently shared my most personal and private experiences. Oftentimes, I find myself in tears when I receive messages from people who have stated that they were inspired, encouraged and uplifted from reading my book,” Chatman said. “Honestly, I feel that I was chosen for this journey because God knew that I was strong enough to survive it.”
She added, “The book encompasses and touches on many areas that most people can relate to: the dynamics of the African American family, generational patterns, childhood sexual abuse, single parenting, mental health and digestive issues.”
“Most importantly, I would like people to know the importance of understanding their bodies when it relates to normal bowel activity.”
Currently, Chatman resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
Among being a mother and author, she is a content developer, wardrobe stylist, ghost writer and serves as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations within her community.
The Bald Truth is currently available on Amazon, The Bald Truth: Chatman, Angela: 9798570563827: Amazon.com: Books
“The Bald Truth Documentary-My Journey From Victim to Survivor” will be shown via Eventbrite on Friday, Aug. 27, and can be accessed by visiting the link, eventbrite.com.
“The Bald Truth” (Vol. II) will be released in 2022.
For interviews, book signings, or autographed copies of the book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Angela Chatman
Her career background includes years of experience as a branch sales manager for Regions Bank, Comerica Bank and Bank One, in which she was instrumental in starting several branches for the company. Angela served as an Ambassador on the board at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in Greenville for the following committees: Economic Development, Education, Special Events, and Transportation. She also facilitated The Greater Housing Development 1st Time Homeowners Credit Counseling Seminars.
Angela has received numerous awards/honors which include: Headline Mentors & Performing Arts Wardrobe Stylist Award for the video “Depression.” The Strong Woman Award from Strong Consultants Foundation and the Where Are You? Outreach Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation. She was a “From Tragedy to Triumph” Rise of a Chain Breaker Honoree and was featured in an exclusive story in the Southern Dallas Business & Living magazine. She has shown a keen interest in becoming a patient advocate for the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) with hopes of eradicating the stigmas associated with individuals who suffer with colorectal diseases and disorders.