Anne Selby
Anne Selby

WE, the bald, are not the problem out there in the world. We know that we are beautiful, proud, courageous and every other adjective you can give to a person who has lost their hair through cancer or indeed any other illness that results in total hair loss, like alopecia. The problem and any issues with baldness lies with the people out in society. They don't understand that we accept the hair loss because we have survived a terrible illness and that the loss of the hair pales into...

WE, the bald, are not the problem out there in the world. We know that we are beautiful, proud, courageous and every other adjective you can give to a person who has lost their hair through cancer or indeed any other illness that results in total hair loss, like alopecia. The problem and any issues with baldness lies with the people out in society. They don't understand that we accept the hair loss because we have survived a terrible illness and that the loss of the hair pales into insignificance next to the fact that we are still alive. I am not sure that anyone who hasn't gone through this can really understand.

I got a lot of aggression the other day in my local store from a woman who stared at my bald head and then deliberately pushed into me and said in a nasty tone "EXCUSE me." even though I wasn't in her way. I smiled politely and replied that I was sorry, but that I wasn't blocking her path. She didn't reply, didn't even look back at me. I get that all the time when I go out, as though I am deliberately offending people because my hair hasn't grown back yet. In this day and age of people being aware of what chemotherapy often does to the body, you would think people would be more understanding, but they're not, because they are afraid. They don't want to see you because it means they may have to acknowledge that there but for the grace of god they also go. Cancer can hit anyone of any age. I was 61 when I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Instead of harping on about all the people who die from this illness perhaps we need to educate them about the people who survive. And there are more of us than people realise.

Anne Selby
Anne Selby
  • Anne Selby

My grandson was with me when that happened and he was bewildered Boos. He said, but it's not your fault Grandma. And yes, they think it's contagious. You'd be horrified if you knew how many people recoil from me in the street.

Rebecca Joanne Ashling
Rebecca Joanne Ashling
  • Anne Selby

Yes, people do act as if so many things are contagious and, it's not quite hyperbole, evil. We're not all that far removed from the Burning Times, really.

Miriam Limata
Miriam Limata

Beautiful! Lovely is she. Full of courage and determination. God Bless you always ..

Christy Myers
Christy Myers

This is a beautiful young lady, with pride. And the will to survive.

Debra Kenny-Balacco
Debra Kenny-Balacco

You are beautiful...hair means nothing...from someone who's little girl is going through the same thing

Carla Mitchell Nida
Carla Mitchell Nida

She's beautiful, all children are beautiful.

Sue Pietrzak
Sue Pietrzak

Courageous!!

Brenda Barry Hamby Sr.
Brenda Barry Hamby Sr.

what a beautifull young lady.

Pedram Parsinia
Pedram Parsinia

I love you.

Brittany Alexandra Henriques

Bald is simply "Beautiful"...

Virginia Kalavitinos
Virginia Kalavitinos

Ive been to the house in Hershy pa before they added on more rooms...

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