Christos Kyrgios talks to us about what it was like growing up having Alopecia since he was 5 years old. He meets a young Alopecia sufferer, Omar Abdo, through Instagram. When the two meet at the French Open tennis tournament to watch Christos’ brother Nick Kyrgios play, Omar is inspired to take his hat and wig off for the first time in over a decade. Omar emotionally shares with us the impact this meeting had on his life and how inspired he is now after spending two days with Christos. This is a heartwarming and inspirational story about self actualisation and the understanding that your mind can be your worst enemy as well as your greatest asset.
Angela Christiano PhD is a professor of Molecular Dermatology at Columbia University who studies inherited skin and hair disorders. She has recently discovered the genes implicated in alopecia areata, the hair-loss disorder that she herself suffers from.
Abby Asistio is a Filipino singer who has battled Alopecia.
I came out bald in September 2012. It has been one crazy, beautiful journey so far and it’s amazing to see how God is continually working in and through me. This is the story behind my decision.
For many years I kept telling my husband “I just want to be normal.” For many years he replied “but you are.” It took me 19 years to truly understand what he meant. That’s not to say I had no battles along the way with coming to terms with trying to live without any hair, whatsoever! But I’m glad I have had this adventure. Alopecia sculpted me into a very strong and confident woman that doesn’t believe that life has to be restrained by your hair. I guess I’m lucky that I am naturally stubborn and that I don’t like missing out on all the fun that life has to offer.
These days I wake up feeling like the luckiest woman alive and it has a lot to do with that fact that I have learnt to adapt. I have had great help along the way from my husband, Angel Wigs, Chiquel and Feel Good Look Good. All of whom I can’t thank enough for introducing me to silicone wigs, natural lashes, silicone eyebrows and make up that stays on! But more importantly, I never gave up on wanting to feel beautiful and coming to terms with what it really means to be “normal.”
Here is my latest achievement – International Natural Bodybuilding Australia (INBA) Fitness Model Competition, 4th Place.
This morning, I wake up to the fact that I have hair. Long hair, flowing past my shoulders…
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