I got to a point where I knew I had to redefine myself; I am a fighter. I was determined to come out on top! So on, January 1, 2010, was my coming out celebration. New Year, new me; no more wig, no more hiding! Although I was scared, I mentally prepared myself (and my then 10 year old daughter) for the stares and the random questions. I was more comfortable looking in the mirror at my baldhead, than I was looking at myself with a wig on. I could not identify with that person. Wearing my baldhead made me feel liberated and free and powerful, it made me feel complete.
Fast forward it will be 5 years in September that I have been rocking my baldhead! And to be honest I cannot imagine seeing myself any other way. I have been approach by so many women and men who have complimented me on my courage to wear my bald head.
Recently, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and is under going chemo. And during the beginning of her treat, she decided to cut off all her hair. Her logic behind this was,she had seen see the emotional torment of me losing my daughter loss her hair and what that did to her emotionally. “I will cut my hair while I still have control. Because of my daughter’s strength, I am not afraid to be bald”. God’s plan makes sense to me know.
Since I lost my hair I have been trying to think of a way to create a platform to not just bring awareness to alopecia, but to also embrace the beauty of simply being bald (rather by choice or not) coupled with a little bite of fashion and fierceness. I had so many ideas, but I was still struggling to bring all the pieces together and be unique. It wasn’t until I saw pictures of you (Nell Coleman), and learned that you were the mastermind behind The Bald Movement. After further reading The Bald Movement FB page and mission, it was like an aha moment. The Bald Movement was what I was trying to orchestra all along.
Yet, again I am stepping out on a leap of faith sharing “my” story. My quest is not to necessarily glamorize this condition, but to empower woman who think they can’t.