I stand up straight and proud

I feel elegant and unique

I'm cool when other people are hot

I rock my large collection of earrings

I sometimes wear jewels or decorations on my head

I feel special

I feel ME

If you haven't tried going OUT in public bald and would like to, an opportunity is coming up soon. 2012's International Alopecia Day is Saturday, August 4! Join the International Alopecia Day Group here on AW. Plan a large or small event wherever you live, or just try going someplace bald for the first time. Take a photo to send me and be part of the 2012 slide show on YouTube. Check out previous years' videos on AW or YouTube.

Celebrate! More ideas and details will appear soon on the IAD Group page.

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Comment by BTB (John) on May 21, 2012 at 7:58am
Impressive blog.
Comment by Mary on May 21, 2012 at 10:26am

Thanks. I'd love to include a photo from Australia taken on August 4!

Comment by Alliegator on May 21, 2012 at 11:52am

LOVE this! You go girl. Rocking the earrings is a great positive to it!

Comment by lynne on May 21, 2012 at 4:41pm

Brilliant but maybe not this year :) hopefully next!!

Comment by Mary on May 21, 2012 at 6:43pm

As you can see from the photos on earlier years, we've had IAD participants wearing wigs - )and even some friends and family with hair!) The purpose of the Day is to raise awareness about AA, and also celebrate who we are and recognize that we're a worldwide community. It's a good day to try going out bald for the first time, but it doesn't have to be just that. (;-)

Comment by BrendaW on May 26, 2012 at 6:28pm

I've been contemplating the idea of going bald a lot over the past week. I'm tired of wearing the wigs and the scarves in public. I'd lost most of my hair by the end of 2010 and wanted to go bald back then, but at the time, my scalp was all "spotted" so I kept it covered. The spots aren't so noticeable anymore and I'm tired of the wigs and the money I have to keep investing in them. I've also lost one eyebrow which is why I was still wearing wigs that would help to cover up the missing eyebrow because I don't wear makeup except every once in awhile. I feel like I'm ready to "unveil" now and this event would prove to be the perfect time, if I don't decide to do it beforehand. :)

Comment by Mary on May 27, 2012 at 11:43am

Wonderful! My initial idea in 2009 when this annual "Day" was first created was that it would be ONE DAY when women who hadn't quite gotten to the point of going OUT in public bald would give it a try. The event has evolved into a International day for all people with alopecia to raise awareness and celebrate US! I'm happy that it can still inspire!

Comment by Jaclyn on June 10, 2012 at 7:58pm

Love this post! I have learned to *love* just going with my head uncovered in public. Especially since it's getting hotter, I just feel more free this way. I, too, have a great collection of earrings, and love feeling like an individual when I'm out and about. Sure, I get funny looks (especially from kids) sometimes, but I've just made a decision to be okay with ME. :)

Comment by Mary on June 11, 2012 at 1:24am

Good for you, Jaclyn! Doesn't it feel good to just not care?

Comment by Kristy on June 19, 2012 at 11:34pm

Hi All - I have not worn a wig since April. Once it got warm enough to not need a wig, hat, or scarf I lost them. I have been everywhere bald from a major league baseball game to the grocery store. And I fly bald as well...too worried about messing up wigs on 4 hour+ flights. :) I used to only want to go out bald when I was with my husband (who has been shaving his head since well before my hair fell out) but I'm now brave enough to go everywhere on my own. Yes, people stare. And yes it is kids that stare the longest. I will still wear a wig to formal family functions (not quite yet ready to take attention away from a bride on her wedding day) but in my everyday life I just prefer to be bald. I am always fussing with scarves or worried that a wig will fall off and I find that more embarrassing that just being bald and myself. I still have rough days from time to time, don't get me wrong, but overall I think losing my hair made me a stronger person. I'll gladly go bald on August 4th. :)

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