Today's Baldie of the day is this Beauty Chloe Bean. Though she is no longer a BALDIE, because of Alopecia Areata, at any given moment her hair can grow back and fall out again. Read her story on how hair loss affected her growing up and how she's dealing with Alopecia now.
Making this decision was the hardest thing so far in my life. Many people may or may not know what I am going through so here is a little story. When I was about 8 years old I started losing my hair in clumps and my parents didn't know what was happening. Why was I losing my hair? They took me doctor to doctor trying to figure out what it was. Before you knew it I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. Of course there is no cure for it so you can only imagine what I was going through at such a young age. I was lost and confused, I thought I would never be able to be like all the other girls who had long, beautiful hair. Kids in school were too young to understand what was going on and I was embarrassed to wear hats every day to school. When I was 10 I lost the majority of my hair and that's when I started going through treatment. This involved getting steroid shots in my head which wasn't fun at all (especially if you're scared of needles). Through having hope and praying, my hair grew all back during Middle School. This was a dream come true to me. It's all I ever wanted. My hair was so thick I honestly thought I outgrew my autoimmune disease....little did I know God had a different plan for me. At the end of sophomore year I noticed I had one little bald spot and that turned into two, three, four and kept increasing.... Eventually, my hair got so bad again during the summer that I started junior year with a wig (currently I have three wigs and I couldn't be more blessed). Living in a society where people base everything off appearances I was so embarrassed and felt like the world turned against me. I was about to take all online classes so I could isolate myself from everyone, but I decided to be strong and have faith. Till this day I still question "why me?" Why does God put you through such hard times? Maybe he is helping me become an empowered women. Whatever the reason is I now have accepted the fact I have alopecia and instead of it controlling my life I am now controlling it. I don't care if people point or stare, just know not to judge somebody until you have walked in their shoes. Maybe one day my hair will grow back again and until that day happens....
This is Chloe now.