Things have been great since I "came out," as it were. I've shaved my head, and retired my wig. I've felt better than I have the past four years. I thought I'd be self-conscious, but the only fear I've felt was in the moments before I hit "post" on the lengthy Facebook status that would tell everyone my secret. That itself was scary enough for a lifetime, and the only way I could do it at all was to blast Frozen's "Let It Go," loudly sing along, and in the perfect adrenaline-fueled moment, mentally count down from 5 before forcing myself to hit the button. Quite the process, but it did the job. My heart was going so fast that I got dizzy, my hands were shaking like crazy, and I couldn't breathe in those two minutes before a flood of likes and positive comments came in. It was a huge weight off my shoulders. No more secret, no more lying, no more hiding. Since then, I quite frankly haven't given a single damn about the whole thing. I posted a video of me shaving my head with no hesitation. (Okay, I lied. I was a little nervous about shaving my head) I haven't missed my hair at all. I've been out in public several times wearing only a bandana. Shaving my head is a million times more satisfying than one would think, even if I do have to do it every other day. But it's a great feeling! Honestly, I feel more beautiful... more normal bald than I ever did with a wig. So, yeah. I've never written a blog post before, I just wanted to say all that stuff. 

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Comment by Lyndsey Pitchford on August 8, 2014 at 3:46pm

Go you! I have always found it easier to 'come clean' and shave off what I have left. I feel that way I have 'one up' on the alopecia rather than the other way round!

Comment by Double on August 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

Exactly. You don't have any bald spots if your whole head is bald! Take that, alopecia!

Comment by Rose on August 15, 2014 at 9:39pm

I admire you... and am a little bit envious. May I ask... what age did you lose your hair? From my experience it seems those who lose their hair as an adult do SO MUCH BETTER with shaving. Having gone thru years of torture and being called "baldy" -- I do NOT want to stick out in a crowd in any way. So best wigs I can get, all the time. And make up. every day. Except at home with my hubby. I was 3 years old when my hair fell out. No regrowth ever.. well.. a little spot that never amounted to anything.  so yes, YOU GO GIRL as Heidi said

Comment by Double on August 21, 2014 at 6:44pm

I lost my hair when I was about 2, so pretty much my whole life. I'm 18 now, and wore a wig all through high school. In my experience, being bald as a child was SO MUCH WORSE than being bald as an adult. When you're a kid, you look for approval in other kids, and kids don't understand this sort of thing. They can be very frank, and sometimes downright mean. But it's such a relief knowing you're not in grade school anymore, and the people around you (for the most part) understand that everyone is different. And they certainly don't call you "baldy" anymore. I don't get much attention, really. If anything, I draw attention by how loudly I laugh and joke with my mother at the grocery store. In three weeks of being openly bald, I've only had one woman ask me if I have cancer. She had just beat cancer and invited me to a support group for people with various diseases. But anyways, no matter how you deal with alopecia, whether it's shaving or wigs or anything in between, be CONFIDENT. It shows. Everyone who matters knows you're beautiful, anyways. :)


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