Lessons learned from my students & alopecia

I am a high school teacher along with running my business. In high school, I teach some tough kids, the kids that don't love school, the ones that have many other issues that make school seem meaningless and the kids that teach me everyday in one way or another.  I love both my jobs.

I decided to share my story about my hair loss with my students this year and with my high school volleyball team that I coach.  The result was complete understanding and empathy from all of the students.  In fact an article in the local paper just got published about one of my student athletes who donated a 13" ponytail to go towards the creation of a Freedom Wig.  

The lesson I learned, tell your story (when you are ready) as it allows others to pay it forward.  It has been nothing but rewarding.  It has taken 5 years to get to this point of freedom and sharing but it has been so rewarding thus far.

Here is the published article.  

I have learned so many lessons from my students and my alopecia and for that I am grateful.


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Comment by lea on April 17, 2015 at 8:50pm

AWESOME!! Thanks Jennifer! :)

Comment by Kimberly on April 17, 2015 at 8:58pm
Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing your story. Not only does it educate people, but also helps strengthen others with alopecia.
Comment by Barbara on April 17, 2015 at 9:08pm
That is great! You are beautiful with or without hair. I wish I could get a freedom wig. It's way out of my budget plus I'm in North Carolina. Thank you for your story. One day I may be able to be open with mine!
Comment by GatorDad on April 17, 2015 at 10:35pm
Thank you for sharing. God bless you!
Comment by Kim on April 18, 2015 at 4:57am
Incredible story! I hope i will be be able to pay it forward one day too.
Comment by Adara G on April 18, 2015 at 4:59am

You are beautiful inside and out, Jennifer! The same anxieties about everyday activities that you have seemingly overcome continue to plague me, nearly one decade after my diagnosis. Do you every do business in Vancouver? I would be interested in purchasing a Freedom Wig.

Comment by TrayG on April 18, 2015 at 7:13am

What an awesome story - You look beautiful Jennifer with or without hair. Thank you for starting my morning with this - I love it.  All the best to you!

Comment by Dimples2me on April 18, 2015 at 8:57am

Thanks for sharing.  It's great to see these types of stories.

Comment by Nicola on April 18, 2015 at 5:50pm

Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story!  Where in Canada are you?  I would love a freedom wig some day, I'm on the west coast in Victoria.

Comment by Denicha on April 19, 2015 at 3:22am
Please, Where in Canada can we be fitted for a Freedom Wig?


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