She's strong, courageous, beautiful, and TBM couldn't help but notice how confident she is and how much she embraces her baldness despite the fact that she has Alopecia Universalis, a rare auto-immune disease that causes hair loss (in her case, total body hair loss).
Ladies and Gentlemen we present to you, Baldie of the Month, Ms Anna Lisa Parrish. Check out her story below on why she is BALD.
I will never forget the look of unconditional love on my baby girl's face as I walked out of the salon bald and in tears. It was a look that changed me forever. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis, a rare auto-immune disease that causes hair loss (in my case, total body hair loss) when my daughter was about 7 months old. I had been losing clumps of hair for a couple months but I just thought it was normal, postpartum hair loss. I knew I had a problem when I realized all my arm hair was gone. During the time of my diagnosis, I was at the lowest point of my life emotionally and physically. I felt VERY uncomfortable with my body and I was very self conscience about how I looked. We had just moved to a new city for my husband's job and I was having a hard time adjusting to a new city and having two kids. I was not in a good place and now I had a life changing diagnosis. While my hair was falling out, I kept cutting it shorter and shorter just so it would look good and I wouldn't have to deal with long strands of hair everywhere. One day I decided to go in and get a cute "boy cut" because my hair was too thin to look good short. To my horror, the hairdresser took a number 8 razor to my hair and shaved it all off! I was no where near being ready to accept my new reality with no hair but now I didn't have a choice. As I was walking out of the salon, I stopped to pick up my daughter (thank God my husband and kids were there with me) and when I picked her up, she looked in my eyes and smiled at me. It was in that moment that I realized that no matter what I looked like, I was always going to be her mommy. In a split second, my 7 month old changed my outlook. I am more than my hair. I am more than my outward appearance. I am a daughter of God. I am a wife and a mom. I am a daughter and friend. I am a business owner. I am me. I am more than my hair. It's been a little over two years since my diagnosis and I have lost over 95% of my hair but I am happier than I have ever been. I own my own business, I am in the best physical shape I've been in for a long time, and most importantly, I am confident in myself. I decided shortly after my diagnosis that I wouldn't wear a wig or cover up my bald head because I wanted to be true to myself and show my kids what it's like to totally accept yourself, flaws and all. I see in the blessings around me everyday how Alopecia has made me a stronger and better woman and I can honestly say I am thankful for my Alopecia.