Now 13 yrs. old, our daughter recently found her voice and for the first time, has begun to talk about Alopecia to her friends within the past year. She seized the opportunity this past September during Alopecia Awareness Month to wear a blue ribbon symbolizing support. She fielded questions about her new blue accessory as it peaked the curiosity of her peers. She also sent informational texts to those closest to her, letting them know it was Alopecia Awareness Month!
In spite of being quite vocal about her cause, she found herself in a bit of quandary. Though she dealt with hair loss, she didn’t look like what she had been through. The thickness of her remaining natural hair managed to cover what she had experienced. She didn’t fit in with those who had visible patches or even suffered total hair loss; and the kids who had a full head of hair…didn’t have a clue.
Isn’t that just like us? Between our secret struggles and secret sins? Some issues and “uh-ohs” are more obvious to the naked eye than others. Someone confides in you about their marital issues not realizing your marriage has fallen apart. Another shares their woes about a wayward child having no idea that you don’t know where your child is. Then, there are those who constantly talk about their financial struggles or even ask you for money because they insist you are sitting on a gold mine. They don’t know that you’re facing eviction/foreclosure and/or repossession. Lastly you tire of those crying to you about their abortion, miscarriage or high risk pregnancy not realizing that if you could just get pregnant at least once after years of trying, you could have the same complaint. The only difference between you and them is your smile is big enough to cover the pain. So you’re surrounded by people who can’t relate or have no clue…that you can.
God looks at us all the same. Whether your smile is big enough to cover what you’re going through or you can’t muster up the energy to smile another day, GOD IS WITH YOU! God says to you, ‘I know all, I see all, you are not alone. I’m with you. Hair or no hair. Feeling invincible or invisible, it matters not. I love you. I know all about you and still want you…just as you are!
Others may not be able to handle what you’ve survived or may even be currently enduring, but God can handle it. It may not be the time to share your story, but one day you may need to, in order to set someone else free. Find your voice in Him so you can speak life and testify, to people around you. Who is it within your sphere of influence that God has assigned to your caseload? Don’t let them slip away in quiet desperation thinking no one understood their plight.
Our first born miracle (I was barren for the first four years of my marriage) has courageously helped bring awareness to Alopecia in her own way and now it’s your turn…
Be blessed beyond measure and strengthened for the journey,
*The National Alopecia Areata Foundation(www.naaf.org) is a great resource however be sure to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and all medical inquiries.
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