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58, PennsylvaniaMentor, wife, motherFavorite feature: my bald head"Thirteen years ago
Mentor, wife, mother
Favorite feature: my bald head
"Thirteen years ago I woke up and the top of my head was bald. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata. To add to my discomfort I discovered that I was allergic to latex, so I couldn't hide my condition under wigs, weaves or braids. Ten years ago my husband encouraged me to shave it all off and that's what I did. Now I can't imagine having hair. When I look in the mirror I see a woman who is walking in confidence and grace and is strong in knowing who she is. A lot of women are really suffering because they don't have any hair. I want them to know that they don't have to wear wigs or worry about the shape of their head. It's what comes from within you that makes you beautiful."