Makenzee Meaux lived a normal life as a child, but when she was 8 years old, she was diagnosed with alopecia universalis.
According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, “Alopecia universalis is a condition characterized by the complete loss of hair on the scalp and body. It is an advanced form of alopecia areata, a condition that causes round patches of hair loss.”
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for alopecia.
When she first lost her hair, Makenzee was bullied. She felt extremely self-conscious about her appearance.
For years, Makenzee hid her hair loss, covering her head with a brown wig.
Earlier this year, though, Makenzee and her fiancé Bryan had an engagement photo shoot, and she decided it was finally time to reveal her diagnosis to the world.
After getting the pictures back from the photographer, Makenzee did something really brave: she shared them online.
See the incredible engagement images below!
Makenzee shared her story on the Facebook page Love What Matters, where it got a lot of attention.
Within just two days, the post had over 32,000 reactions and over 1,600 shares.
This is probably the most difficult thing I will ever do in my life.
While taking our engagement pictures, I decided it was time to stop hiding from the one thing I tried hardest to conceal for almost 15 years. It was time to embrace my true self.
I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis when I was 8 years old.
It is a disease where all of your hair follicles suddenly stop growing and the doctors can not figure out why or what will bring it back.
They call it the mystery disease. Nothing else is wrong with the body other than hair will not grow.
As you can imagine for a young girl, this is a huge confidence killer.
A women’s [sic] hair is their beauty and a main part of their self image.
I experienced lots of bullying in the early years and along the way I lost all hope that I could ever feel beautiful again.
Until I met Bryan… I have never felt more confident or more beautiful than I do with him by my side.
He has helped me be brave and realize that hair is not what makes you beautiful and is not what makes people love you, it is truly all about what’s on the inside; and for that I am forever grateful for him.
He has shown me that the people who love you do not care whether or not you have hair, and the ones who do are not worth your time or your love.
So this is me, the true me.
People who saw Makenzee’s post were so inspired by her courage and bravery.
One woman wrote, “I was also diagnosed with alopecia when I was 8 years old no matter what anyone says bald is beautiful.”
“Truly inspiring,” wrote another woman. “My son said, ‘Mommy her head is like mine.’ He gets excited when he sees people that look like him.”
Some people didn’t even realize there was anything different about Makenzee’s appearance.
“Did anyone else think ‘wow she’s gorgeous’ before even reading anything? I seriously didn’t even notice until I looked twice,” wrote one woman.
Two moms even shared stories of their own daughters who have alopecia.
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