I think that the hardest thing about Alopecia is accepting it. Sure, we can slap on a wig, hat or turban to hide ourselves within society, but to actually accept hair loss and who we are with it is an achievement not all obtain easily.

Marketing and media have influenced society in becoming a place only for those of beauty, and have successfully painted a picture of what they claim — perfection looks like. This has caused a chain reaction in billions of people, setting out to become 'beautiful' in order to be socially accepted.

Amongst the billions, scattered in all parts of the world, is the small niche that have Alopecia. Whether it be partial, or total hairless — we all struggle to hide it, often denying it ourselves, in order to have a place in society.

An auto-immune disease beyond our control has taken our hair from us, yet others feel the need to discriminate us and accuse us of abnormality. Alopecia then becomes something that we have to deal with, rather than it being a part of who we are.

It takes courage, to accept ourselves, and begin living our lives again. Life without fear of rejection, without judgement, and without discrimination. Alopecia is a part of us, and we are equal to everyone else in this world — and as soon as we can accept this, the world will follow.

We are all beautiful people, with or without hair, we just need to realise that truth, because life is what you make of it.

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Comment by Ann on March 16, 2013 at 2:25am
This!
Comment by MychildhasAT on March 16, 2013 at 5:14am
Well said!
Comment by Amy-Rose on March 16, 2013 at 4:12pm
Thanks guys (:
Comment by Michjo57 on March 17, 2013 at 12:45pm

I just went to a naturopathic doctor and he talked about all the bacteria, parasites, etc that are in our bodies. He also saw a correlation of parasites and autoimmune disorder. He said it is imperative to have a healthy digestive system since the immune hormones are all around the stomach.

Comment by MichelleMM on March 19, 2013 at 1:10am
I actually had to re read this to my husband because I swear you took some words right out of my mouth! It's an amazing thing to feel like there is others out there that think and feel the same as you do, because its so often that we feel alone with dealing with it all. Thank you so much for sharing!
Comment by Amy-Rose on March 19, 2013 at 1:39am

My pleasure! I hope that sharing my thoughts will encourage people to feel better about who they are, and that we are definitely not alone.

Comment by Catherine on March 24, 2013 at 2:00am

This is amazing! Thank you!

Comment by Holly on March 25, 2013 at 8:51am
I think the experience of having alopecia is enriching to one's character because it teaches compassion and understanding. Values that are not taught much these days!
Comment by Kteacher on March 25, 2013 at 10:54am
This just about made me cry, and I'm not a crier! I am striving and struggling with acceptance and confidence. It is so much harder than I expected to lose my hair. I feel like a completely different person right now. I just want to be happy and in a place where I know who I am again, I'm not there yet. Your post encourages me. Thank u.
Comment by Amy-Rose on March 26, 2013 at 2:20am

Thank you, I'm so glad my thoughts have had such a good reception. Dealing with hairloss is very hard to accept and deal with, which many under estimate. I hope that everyone who has hairloss will make their own journey to acceptance.

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