Four years ago today I took back my life by shaving my head smooth. In my first photos on my page, you can see what my hair looked like the night before, and what I looked like right after shaving.

Four years. I wish I knew on January 30, 2008 what I know now:

1. I am still me.

2. It's okay to be bald in public - people don't run away screaming at the sight of a bald woman.

3. I can still feel beautiful and feminine without any hair.

4. Life will go on and be wonderful.

5. Being bald is the least of my problems - if I don't let it be the biggest.

But, most of all, I wish I'd known all of my friends here on AW. On this day four years ago, I didn't. Thank you, Cheryl and rj, and thank you everyone.

Mary

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Comment by Susan Beausang on January 31, 2012 at 10:57am

I love this post, Mary. Thanks for sharing.

At a certain point in the life of Alopecia, it truly is liberating to finally shave it off, isn't it? Last year I attended the NAAF conference with a wee bit of hair. My hair grew back in for the 2nd time in about 10 yrs and I was enjoying it for the most part. That of course means more hair than bald scalp, but the bald spots certainly present. With the number of young women attending the conference in their bare, bald glory, I found myself craving that feeling again. I actually returned from the conference and shaved my head again. It felt good. I felt free.

You look beautiful!
Susan

Comment by Bald and Fabulous AKA Terri on January 31, 2012 at 9:14pm

wonderful, truly wonderful. Mary, you are inspirational to me. You are amazing and may you always hold your head high and greet the world with your positive attitude.

Comment by LilyBell*Murphy'sLawLuvsMe on January 31, 2012 at 9:28pm

Great positive attitude Mary : )

Comment by Cheryl, Co-founder on January 31, 2012 at 9:33pm

Happy Anniversary Mary! I remember writing somewhere that it was good to be at the point that if I grew my hair back tomorrow, nothing in my life would really change. It is an awesome feeling being ok with or without.

Comment by Rose Marie' on February 1, 2012 at 11:46am

Happy Anniversary Mary.

You are someone that is inspiring and positive and I'm so sure in those four years that you have helped many people with their own alopecia journey.

Rosy

Comment by Connie B on February 2, 2012 at 1:31pm

Your words have been a gift as I approach my 1st anniversary - thank you Mary!

Comment by Mary on February 2, 2012 at 7:04pm

Thank you all for your comments. What a great community this is!

Comment by rosamosqueta on February 2, 2012 at 7:24pm

Happy anniversary! You´re a very special lady for me. You were the first hairless woman I saw by internet,in a video showing us how to wear a scarf , and after watching you, I never felt alone with my alopecia again. Thank you very much for your positiveness, and for being a wonderful model for me, specially when I´m down.

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