On the NAAF feed on Facebook this morning there is a fantastic picture of the Disney princesses sans hair. It made me smile and got me thinking...
I was watching Shrek the other night with my kids. It was the movie with the princesses (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella...Shrek II perhaps?) The main villainess turns out to be Rapunzel coupled with that Nasty Prince Charming. As Shrek and Fiona conquer all things evil including the dubious Rapunzel and Charming, what should happen to Rapunzel...Her wig of long, lustrous hair falls off leaving her bald, humiliated, and the laughing joke for characters and audience alike to snicker at.
How often have we seen this replayed on various sitcoms, comedic movies and riduculed by any comic who stands a chance for audience approval?!
When I first lost my hair and HAD to RESORT to a hairpiece I felt like the Rapunzel scene in Shrek...just add shame to it and there was my reaction to the dreaded W_I_G! Confidence evaporated, eyes diverting downward to the street, and stomach quezy. Everytime I would see Donald Trump's hair being made fun of (and his is NOT a hairpiece) or any wisecrack to the aging man losing hair I kept thinking...there I am the butt of this joke!
I don't think that anymore...it took alot of time, and self actualization and coming to accept everything to do with alopecia. But how does one go about changing this perspective that floats out there?