I have been completely bald for 3 years due to alopecia areata. I suffered from bouts of alopecia since 2005.
I allowed this condition to control my life and rob me of happiness for years. I hide behind wigs and ponytails because I was ashamed of my bald spots.
One day as I stood and looked at myself in the mirror I no longer liked the person I was.
It wasn't the missing hair that I was looking at in the mirror. It was the sad and scare little girl that I saw looking back at me that I had to change.
I shaved my head (what was left of my hair) and with it I shed the hurt, the shame, and the inadequacy that I had assigned myself.
Today I live, love to the fullest. I have learned to love myself again and with that came my opportunity to really learn how to love others.