Imagine being a senior in high school and having the capacity to change the way the world sees beauty. For Madisyn Babcock, that image is a reality. A few short months ago, Madisyn was diagnosed with alopecia. While at first, the diagnosis shook her, she has since decided to use it as a stepping stone to help others feel beautiful regardless of their differences.
First Off, What Is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a condition that results in the loss of hair primarily on the head but can happen anywhere hair grows. It is an autoimmune response that causes the body to attack hair follicles. The condition can affect anyone of any age, gender or race. Most of the time it begins before the age of 30. The cause is unknown, and though treatment is available, it is an ongoing condition for many who battle it.
Making a Change, One Photo at a Time
When planning her senior photos, Madisyn decided it would be a perfect time to inspire others. With the help of her artist mother, Madisyn posed with an array of beautifully hand-painted flowers designing her head. She felt that the flowers reflected her personality, and they added a bit of wit because of the growth metaphor associated with them. The encouragement from social media has been incredible, and it goes to show the massive amount of support people are willing to give to a cause like Madisyn’s.
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder
For someone battling this condition, the future can seem bleak. Landing outside the norm of society can be terrifying and isolating. However, it doesn’t have to be. When life hands out what may seem like a short straw, sometimes the best course of action is to use it anyway. Maybe it will require some fine-tuning and a bit of finesse but, in the end, standing out isn’t always bad. Sometimes what makes someone different can be what makes them beautiful. Madisyn Babcock is wise beyond her year’s thanks to this experience that has shaped her into who she is today.
All of the love and support she has received has inspired her to continue being true to herself and motivate others to do the same.
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National Alopecia Areata Foundation. “What you need to know about Alopecia Areata”. Retrieved from: https://www.naaf.org/alopecia-areata