(WTXF) - A young woman is receiving an outpouring of support from sharing a photo of her newly shaved head after suffering from hair loss for several months.
Last December I noticed a small patch on my head that wasn't growing hair. I saw a doctor and was diagnosed with alopecia, an auto-immune disorder that attacks my hair follicles. I lost hair in more patches until I lost almost all of my hair.I held onto my long, thin hair for as long as I could until last night, when I let Eric shave my head.I feel strong. I feel beautiful. For the first time in months I look in the mirror and see myself. Women lose their hair for a variety of reasons, and it's time to start a conversation.Our hair does not define us.
The woman, posting under her Reddit username neumannr, explained that since last December, her hair had thinned noticeably. She was then diagnosed with alopecia.
After she shaved the rest of her hair off, she wrote, “I feel strong. I feel beautiful. For the first time in months I look in the mirror and see myself. Women lose their hair for a variety of reasons, and it’s time to start a conversation.”
Other Reddit users commented on her post with praise, compliments, and questions alike.
The photo has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on Imgur.