I’ve kept pretty much to myself these past few weeks. In retrospect, distancing myself from family and friends was a not one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. As the saying goes, “no man is an island”. It was time to move forward.
Despite my trepidation, I ventured out to the local NAAF meeting last night. Glad I did. What I found was support, camaraderie, and much needed laughter. As if amongst family and old friends, I felt comfortable figuratively, as well as literally, “letting my hair down”. That in itself was worth the trip. Most importantly, seeing with my own two eyes that I am not alone was, as they say, priceless. My sincerest thanks to the group for both their support and sharing so openly.
I’m walking a little taller this morning, feeling better about myself, despite the twists and turns that may lie ahead. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor…get out, mingle, share face to face. You’ll be all the better for it.
Two of the group members are scheduled to meet with a NY State representative in support of a bill which classifies wigs / hairpieces, for individuals suffering temporary or permanent hair loss as the result of an illness such as alopecia, as cranial prosthetics. Passage of the bill means the cost, or at least a portion thereof, would be covered by health insurance. Wishing them Godspeed as the pick up the gauntlet to champion this important issue…