Yesterday was full of excitement. Have to say, it has been awhile. Mallorie had her first office treatment. While we were there, we started discussing wig options for her. I am going to share something that only few people in my life are aware of. Since Mallorie has been so brave, I decided it is time I stand up and be brave as well.
Back in 2005 I was diagnosed with scarring alopecia. It’s not life threatening, but I can relate first hand on what it is like to lose your hair. At the age of 25 I was told by 30 I would be bald, and they were right. I was heartbroken. I had beautiful, thick, naturally curly, long brown hair. I remember thinking, why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve such a disease? After the shock wore off, I was embarrassed and afraid of what people would say if they knew I sported a wig. I mean only old people wear wigs, right? Am I going to be considered a social outcast? Am I going to be classified as a weirdo? After I couldn’t hide my thinning hair anymore, I made a call to The Wig Lady and she changed my life.
Now that Mallorie is going through something so similar to what I experienced with the hair loss, I feel my prayers have been answered on the subject of “why did this happen to me.” I now understand the purpose of why I have dealt with baldness. (But behind closed doors, I have cried, cussed, and screamed because I wanted my hair back.) I have so much knowledge that I can pass along to my daughter and that has made my journey worth it.
We met with The Wig Lady and for the first time since Mallorie has been diagnosed, she had a bit of her old self shine through. She found a wig that is just prefect for her. It looks just like her old hair. It is fantastic. Mallorie also decided to go ahead and shave her head. It was truly a positive step to the road of recovery. In life there are so many times we wonder why bad things happen to us. God may show us right away. He may show us years later. He may never show us until we get to heaven. But all things work together for good. As I close this entry I leave you with this scripture.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10.