5 Things People With Alopecia Want you to Know
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People living with Alopecia experience incredible emotional and social hardships from friends, family and even complete strangers.
Alopecia is not a disease that the general public is well educated about. Instead, it is usually assumed that people who suffer from the disease are sick.
Sufferers are subject to laughter, ridicule, pity and avoidance.
In this article, we will discuss 5 things that people suffering from Alopecia want you to know.
1 – No, We Are Not Dying…
Next time you see someone that is completely bald. Do not jump to the assumption that they are dying or recovering from cancer.
This is not only ignorant but very offensive.
Alopecia simply means hair loss. It is not a deadly disease, and it has nothing at all to do with cancer.
2 – Just Because We Have Lost Hair Does Not Mean We Aren’t Beautiful
Hearing ‘I am sorry,’ or ‘You are so strong’ is not something we want to hear every day. We get it we have hair loss, it’s not the end of the world, and we are still beautiful.
We don’t want your pity. We want your acceptance.
Hair is not the only part of a person’s appearance that defines beauty. Not having hair just highlights other parts of my body that you may have otherwise not noticed.
Experiencing Alopecia has shown us which of you is shallow and which are genuine and honest people. We only have time for the latter.
3 – We Are Comfortable With Our Bodies
We are comfortable with our hair loss and the way we are. Why can’t you be too?
There is nothing worse than seeing that you are uncomfortable around us just because we have less hair than the average person.
All we want is to be treated equally. Alopecia does not define who we are. We are more than a head of hair.
4 – Stop Staring. Seriously.
We get it. We have less hair than normal.
Yes, it looks different. Please, stop staring. Do you know how uncomfortable it is to walk into a room with all eyes constantly on you.
Have a bit of empathy and imagine if everyone started to stare at you.
5 – No, You Can’t Catch It
Alopecia is not contagious. It is an autoimmune disorder, not a disease.
People who treat Alopecia sufferers like leppers are just showing how ignorant they are. Your hair is not going to fall out if we breath on you. Relax.
Above are five things Alopecia sufferers want you yo know.
Living with Alopecia is incredibly difficult. Having the support and education of friends and family is incredibly important and helps us to deal with our situation a lot better.
At the end of the day we know we are strong, self-confident and beautiful human beings that just happen to have a condition that means we have less hair than normal.
We suffer from Alopecia. Alopecia is not who we are.