It’s Alopecia Areata Week.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that this is an auto-immune disease that I live with. I’ve had it for just shy of 8 years and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.

Reading over a few of my older Alopecia blogs tonight, I stumbled on this phrase:

(I was asked) ‘If you met a young girl who had just lost her hair and didn’t know what to expect, what advice would you give her?’ 

I think I would advise any girl, with or without Alopecia, to learn about who she is. Be strong in your own opinions and beliefs. Realise who you are inside and let that shine through. Because, hair or no hair, people are drawn to beautiful people.

Be Beautiful.

 

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There are days, many days, that I don’t feel beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the hair I do have but when you’re in the thick of it, all I can see is the patches.

All I think you can see is the patches.

I’m healthy. I exercise. I’ve changed the things I wanted to change within my body that I can, to help my confidence build. But confidence is like motivation – as Mish Bridges calls it – a bad boyfriend. Never there when you need it.

So I focus on who I am on the inside. I smile, genuinely, at everyone I walk by. Because if I can help someone else feel happy and beautiful, I will. I praise my children for every time they are nice, for that is their inner beauty shining through. I never agree with Hubby when he complains that he needs to exercise more, because I never see that about him. He’s gorgeous {But could do with a shave….} I love my job with so much passion, because I’m helping people to make a positive change in their life.

On the inside, I’m grateful. I’m so damn grateful that I only have Alopecia and not anything more severe. And while somedays are a real struggle, I come back to that.

A close friend just told me her sister has Alopecia. My heart hurts for her sister and I’ve been thinking and thinking of any wisdom and advise I could pass on. With everything that I’ve thought, my advise wouldn’t change.

I think I would advise any girl, with or without Alopecia, to learn about who she is. Be strong in your own opinions and beliefs. Realise who you are inside and let that shine through. Because, hair or no hair, people are drawn to beautiful people.

Be Beautiful.