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    Sep 13, 2016

    11 Things I Wish I Knew About Alopecia Before My Diagnosis

    It's so much more than losing your hair and it's definitely not easy.

    1. Alopecia really has a mind of its own.

    2. Your head will get ridiculously cold.

    3. But you can say goodbye to waxing and shaving.

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    This is possibly the best part. No more waxing, no more shaving, and no more prickly little hairs anywhere. If you were into any kind of hair removal, you'll save so much time and money.

    4. Your get-ready routine will become a lot simpler.

    5. Targeted online advertising is going to be your new enemy.

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    The online advertising algorithms see the word "hair" and suddenly you're getting 1000 ads trying to sell you great hair products or ~miracle~ ways to make your hair long and luscious. At first, it will be hard seeing them but tbh it'll just make you even tougher in the long run.

    6. Everywhere you go, people will stare.

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    If you decide to rock the bald (kudos if you do!) people will stare. Sadly, right now seeing people - especially women - without hair is a bit of a spectacle. Whatever you do, don't cover up because it makes someone else feel uncomfortable. That's their problem, not yours.

    7. You will appreciate more than ever that children have absolutely no filter.

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    Or tact for that matter. Be prepared for kids in shopping centres yelling (yes, literally yelling) for their parents to look at you, and then for their parents to get super awkward. It's actually pretty funny if you don't take it to heart.

    8. People will assume that you have cancer.

    9. And they'll always think they know what's best for you.

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    News flash: they don't. People will have no idea what you're going through but boy will they try to pass on any thoughts they have. Most people are genuinely trying to be supportive and they're people you definitely need around, but when strangers start dishing out the advice on your medical condition they only found out existed 30-seconds earlier, that's your cue to check out.

    10. It will be hard at times, but you don't have to go through it alone.

    11. And you can feel normal again.