With 10 years of life as a bald woman behind me, I’ve experienced my share of head turns, inquiring comments, unwanted stares, and assumptions that my hair loss is chemotherapy related. The attention used to stress me out big time. Alopecia is sudden so requires instant adjustments. As an Alopecian, I’m not physically sick, I just lack hair.
Early on as a bald woman, I was easily traumatized by the negative attention, but as time passed, I became immune to the comments and questions regarding which type of cancer I was battling. I came to realize that curiosity and its hopeful root, genuine concern, is just a part of human nature. I’m no longer bothered by people wanting to reach out to me with kind words and prayers and am okay with being asked to go to the front of a long line or other acts of kindness based upon wrong assumptions about my health status. (more…)