The Big Reveal

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photo by Art Blanche

 

 This first post is my reveal about my struggle with alopecia areata. It is an autoimmune disease where my body attacks my hair follicles and causes my hair to fall out. There is not one known cause (there are MANY triggers) and there is not a cure. I have been to so many doctors and am working so hard to find the root cause of this. Diet has been a tremendous factor for me, as well as lifestyle changes like taking up yoga and acupuncture and not having bourbon! 
 
It has been very emotional for me and I have hidden this from so many people. I just recently started telling my friends about it within the last year. It has helped me to talk about it with them but I developed a growing need to share it with the public. I thought that if I have to go through this, then I may as well help inspire others. I want my struggle to serve a purpose. Even if you do not have alopecia, or any other autoimmune disease, I know that you have felt the feelings I have felt. The feeling that you have to hide something for others to accept you. I want you to know that you are not alone. In talking about this, I hope to create an open dialog for people like me and you. To say that even though the pictures on social media are carefree, there’s a lot going on behind that smile. And that’s ok! It’s ok to talk about that too! Let those moments shape you, but not rule and define you.
 
#beautyistruth

5 Comments

  1. Michelle, I loved that you didn’t back away from acknowledging the pain and devastation of a life of hair loss. I relate to this deeply in my own way: I’m a trans woman who waited too long to transition to be able to have a head of hair. I too was devastated to watch my hair recede and thin over the years, and to see that I didn’t have enough hair for a transplant to help. Though I’m deeply grateful to live now as a woman, I need to wear a wig daily, and I don’t think it’s ever going to feel like I’m not in costume. But your big reveal video validated my pain, and was a great comfort, so thank you for being you (and a gorgeous one, in this as in all your other incarnations.)

    1. Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry for your pain but I am happy that you are now living your truth! You could always join me in the bald bitch revolution! 🙂

      1. I’ll have to get back to you about the bald bitch crew. I made for quite a cute bald guy (except I wasn’t a guy), though I doubt I’ve got the kind of feline duende required to pull off what you obviously can (let’s face it: few women do).

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