It’s Still The Inside That Counts

Back in April, I wrote about how my sister was coping with the sudden onset of alopecia. At that time, we thought she had alopecia areata. Since then, she has experienced total body hair loss – alopecia universalis.

But Rach being Rach, she continues to have a marvellous ‘it is what it is’ outlook on life. Part of this includes a wish to help other alopecians. So we have started a new blog together – Bald As Brass – where we can share thoughts, reflections and ideas about embracing life, no matter what it throws at us.

I’d love you to check it out sometime (if nothing else, you might enjoy the cute photo of the two of us here). We would welcome any feedback, so do let me/us know what you think! 🙂

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.

~ Dr Steve Maraboli

It’s The Inside That Counts

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My sister, Rachel, is the most amazing person.  She has met and surpassed the challenges of all kinds of battles in her life, always with dignity, pragmatism and a positive attitude.

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
~ Lao Tzu

In the last couple of weeks, she has once again had to draw on all her strength and resources.  Out of the blue, she discovered that she had developed the condition called Alopecia Areata.  The most difficult aspect of this has been coping with the experience of clumps and clumps of hair coming out over a short period of time.

Happily, now that she has lost virtually all her hair, she has been able to see her new look as just that; the latest of many different ‘hairstyles’ that she has rocked over the years.  I wanted to share with you this short video she filmed today in response to the many messages of support received from friends and family.  She is the living embodiment of the premise that what’s inside us matters 100% more than the outside.  Her message of acceptance; perspective and calm is an inspiration.

Thank you, Rach, for setting us all such a shining example of how to live our best life.  Love you loads. Xxx 🙂

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding