Wendy explains how alopecia helped her develop a passion for wellness and shares why she covers her head in public.
Because of our alopecia we have to take care of ourselves on a much deeper level than the average person because it does affect our immune system.
So I started really looking into nutrition and exercise, and ironically I am very passionate about health and wellness and nutrition and exercise.
That’s a passion for me. I can light up a room and talk about it for hours.
Some women with alopecia go out into the community, out in public without anything covering the head, a hat, a wig, a scarf, a turban.
But for myself I may be not ready to do that and I have said to myself it’s okay if I am not ready to do that but I don’t mind opening the door to the UPS man because I have done that many times and I kind of go to the door and here I am, just a little bald head.
So I have this little message inside of my head that, here I am. It’s just a little bald head, it’s nothing to be afraid of.
So I tend to look at it like other people are afraid, their reaction is very hesitant, it’s like oh, you know.
And one of the biggest things that I find is that people, they tend to have that empathetic reaction of, oh, you are sick. You are going through chemotherapy.
You have to get past that. You have to get past that feeling of, people are automatically going to assume that you have cancer and you are going through chemotherapy.
And I went through an annoyance, a stage where I was annoyed. Why do these people look at me and ask me, “Oh how are you feeling today?”
And I just want to break out and throw my arms up in the air and say,
“Look at me, look how healthy I am,” because basically people with alopecia, we are healthy individuals.
We do have compromised immune systems. However, that’s why we have to take care of ourselves that little bit more. It’s a movement out there in the world of empowering ourselves and everybody is at a different level at a different time.
So I have just gone through this life with alopecia being more aware of the people in the world and how they perceive me.
But don’t let it deter you from living your life to the fullest. There are so many wonderful things out there and having a cute little bald head is okay.