It’s September already! This year seems to have flown by in a blur! Being September it is also now Alopecia Awareness Month. This is my third year of doing what I can to raise awareness.
This year a lot has happened. I saw my hair begin regrow and actually it got to quite a good length (despite there still being lots of evident patches), unfortunately it didn’t last and if I am completely honest I didn’t expect it to. I gave birth to my second child in January and not long after I had given birth, the hair began to fall out again. That is definately the most difficult part of this condition; seeing it all come out.
Also this year, I bought my first Rene of Paris wig (with thanks to family gifting me money for my birthday). I absolutely love it and it is the first wig I have owned that I truly feel comfortable in and can wear for hours without needing to whip it off!
In April of this year I also finally did something that I probably should have done a while ago; I got help for my mental health. I am currently on medication for Post Natal Depression. I won’t go into the details of that too much now as I plan to write another post when I feel ready! With the help of the medication I feel the happiest I have for a long time. Although at the moment it is linked to my postpartum stage, I should of sought help when my hair loss began. Alopecia isn’t a physically painful condition, but I am yet to speak to anyone with the condition that hasn’t been affected emotionally and psychologically!
Above is two of the reasons I try so hard to not be emotionally beaten by this condition. I do my best to be positive and show them that the way I look is okay. In fact, they aren’t phased by it and I feel truly wonderful when they beam at me and show they love me. If my hair loss had happened without these two around, I don’t know how I would have coped.
My family and friends are an amazing support network. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. My biggest support is Luke though. Without him my self esteem would be rock bottom. He is the reason I still sometimes feel attractive. It is so easy to lose yourself through hair loss and to be honest look has treated me the same as he has done for the last 10 years, no matter the changes to body, he still makes me feel beautiful 💕
This year’s alopecia awareness months has the tagline #thisisme
So this is me… I may not be 100% about it yet but I will get there!