I couldn't help but recognize these two gorgeous beauties, Mother and Daughter, who both have Alopecia. They both stood out to me with their gorgeous photos on Facebook and Instagram, Embracing their Baldness and loving themselves and each other the best way they know how. It's just so amazing how they both have Alopecia yet remain beautiful and strong through it all. Congrats Shandi and Makenzi on being named Baldie of The Month of August.
Why are you and your daughter Bald?
We both have Alopecia
How long have you been bald?
I've been bald for 7 years being diagnosed at 16
it will make a year September 4th for my daughter Makenzi
What are some challenges you and your daughter have faced being Baldies?
The biggest challenge for me was accepting who I really was. At the age of 16 when I was diagnosed i was in the prime light of my life, I was in high school, very well known, liked and a social butterfly. i lost every spec of hair on my head in a six week period, starting from the day i was diagnosed. I was crushed. It had seemed like my whole life had fallen apart. I was depressed, lost, scared, I even contemplated suicide a few times. I hated myself, my life and I thought i was ugly. I thought that no guy would ever want her girl who did not have hair and To make matters worse I had nobody in my corner supporting me. I really had no Idea what this disease was and always wonder how and why did this have to happen to me. The only thing i could think of to do was hide it. Hide who I really was and hide how i felt inside. It was like putting on a mask. I hid this disease for six years up until my baby girl was diagnosed May of 2014 when she was just 2 years old. Once again my whole life had been torn apart. As a mother my biggest challenge was seeing my daughter go through this all knowing I had been there before. As a mother I never wanted my daughter to feel how I felt. I was scared and angry. I cried for months. she is so beautiful, smart and outgoing and I never wanted none of that to ever change.So, I made promise to her that she would never feel how i felt, she would never grow to hate her self, and she would never have to go through any of this alone. August 25th I threw every wig and hair piece away in my house and for the first time I let the world see what was behind the mask. It turned out to be one of the greatest days of my life. It was truly life changing. It was like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I learned to love myself again and most of all I am my daughters biggest hero. As Kenzi continues to get older I have been noticing that sometimes she doesn't like being bald. She sometimes ask when will she get her hair back. I continue to encourage and let her know that you don't need to hair because bald is beautiful too.
What Words of Encouragement would you share for those who aren't as confident with their baldness as you?
For everyone who is going through hair loss, just stay true to who you are, don't hide behind the masks (wigs, extensions, etc) and to let go of everything that's been weighting you down.To the mothers and fathers of children going through hair loss, encourage your children,and most of all support them. Remind them daily that bald is beautiful too.
My Bald is Beautiful too.
Thank you so much Shandi and Makenzi