part 2

#girlpower #YourAutoimmunityIsGorgeous

     The Day Had Come...
    Friday morning, May 26, 2017 I woke up late. I was supposed to be in Memphis at 5:30 in the morning to start my makeup. Imagine my distress when I rolled out of bed 10 after 5. I messaged Sara Green, my photographer and my support system, Beth to explain that I was running late. Everyone but myself seemed unbothered by my tardiness. I cried all the way into Memphis convincing myself that this was a sign. I did not need to be doing this shoot and this whole thing was the worst idea in the world.
     I sat down at my friend Jennifer's Kitchen table and Faith Knolton started my makeup. I hope the pictures tell you a story of strength, love, and compassion for beauty in its own truth, not society's version of truth.

And just like that we were headed downtown. I wasn't ready but I was determined. Besides, If I cried anymore then my makeup would mess up.

A few girls from the house wrote me letters of encouragement to read when I was scared or felt hopeless. In reading these I found strength.

The time had come. I could feel the fear in my chest, my hands, my heart, my mind. I tried to smile.

This picture. This is my vulnerability exposed.  The most powerful picture taken. This picture captures my truth. I can feel all those emotions flooding back.

And off we went.


This day I felt powerful yet I felt eyes looking at me. I felt a little cold on my head. Mostly, I felt beautiful. My past may have been painful and at times traumatizing. I may still need to work on me a lot more. But my message is simple. The reflection in the mirror isn't always the one we want staring back, but beauty is not found in a reflection. It's found in your heart. For every girl who doesn't feel adequate or pretty enough, I hope you see this and know you were made with perfection.
Until next time,

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Comment by Jo.Falconer on February 5, 2021 at 4:40pm

That is inspiring thankyou Shannon. 

Mu alopecia is female frontal Alopecia so is from my ears forward, my hair is grey so partial hair pieces dont seem to be an option.  My expensive wig is scratchie and I am making head bands to keep me warm in the air con at work. 

Comment by carl carlyle on February 5, 2021 at 10:01pm


I have written a song for bald women to be proud. It's called 'I'm Bald and Beautiful'.

Can I send it over to you for your opinion?


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