This bald and beautiful mommy is currently traveling with her loving husband and daughter, exploring the world, and living life to the fullest. She has shown me that it is possible to enjoy life, even with your family right by your side. Check out her story on how she became a baldie and enjoy these beautiful photos to go along with it.
I've had Alopecia Areata for about ten years. Always trying to hide and cover the spots. It was a constant concern. In May 2016 my hair suddenly stopped growing and everything fell off in a couple of weeks. At that time I was full of hormones after being pregnant and breastfeeding and under a lot of stress taking care of the baby, working and fixing our home up for sale. I think that's why my Alopecia Areata developed to Alopecia Universalis.
The biggest challenge with alopecia was accepting myself. A stranger was looking back at me in the mirror and I had to battle the feelings of being so ugly and a freak. It is also so much shame involved with this disease. The fear that someone will see you without hair, so naked and revealed. Like skin is something disgusting.
I was more afraid to be bald around people who aren't close to me but know who I am, like neighbours or acquaitances at work. So I started being bald on vacations and holidays. Knowing that the people I met there would never see me again. Then I went bald to the gym - which felt great. It was so much freedom with nothing on the head when it was hot and sweaty.
This autumn we left Sweden and are now on a six month journey around the world. Me, my husband and our baby girl. In the beginning I constantly used a baseball cap, especially on every picture. I had a wig in the bag but posted it back home after one month since I didn't use it. It was just to hot to have the head covered with a furball!
We have taken thousands of pictures to document our trip and show some of them on our blog and instagram. Those photos became a way for me to get used to my new apperance. As time was passning by I got more and more confident in the baldie look and the baseball cap has now been in the backpack for several months.
I am most proud that I have accepted who I am and don't have anything to hide anymore. Strangely it was loosing all of my hair that finally made me free after all those years with hairless spots.
After travelling around the world and visited so many countries only a handful of people have reacted on my baldness. A few have asked what's happended but more have given me compliments for my cool haircut. Two women shared touching cancer stories to me, what a gift to be entrusted! I have also met other people with alopecia in the most unexpected places. Baldness unite!
Our journey has made me realise that it's just hair, and people really don't care. Everyone is in the end of the day seriously just busy thinking about their own problems!
My bald is freedom! And saves lots of extra space in the bag as a backpacker. No shampoo, hair dryer or styling products. ;)