Woman With Alopecia Shares Inspirational Message To Encourage Others To Ditch Their Wigs

Sarah McManus was diagnosed with Alopecia when she was just two-years-old, and has spent most of her life hiding behind a wig, unable to look at herself in the mirror without one.

By the age of ten, Sarah was completely bald and by 12-years-old, her hair fell out everywhere including her eyelashes, eyebrows and body hair which lead her to being diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis, the most advanced form of Alopecia.

Credit: Sarah McManus
Credit: Sarah McManus

Sarah has traveled to doctors far and wide to try and find a treatment for her condition, however it has left her with a weakened immune system.

She told PRETTY52: "I've gone through loads of treatments from injections into my head and eyebrows to UV light treatment three times a week you name it I've had everything and been to see every doctor in the UK.

"Because of this I have a weak immune system and got another immune system disease and had shingles and other illnesses due to my poor health."

Credit: Sarah McManus
Credit: Sarah McManus

Now aged 20, Sarah has bravely chosen to embrace her condition after years of trying to hide it beneath a wig.

She told us: "My family, friends and boyfriend have been the best and encourage me to not wear the wig and be myself.

"I now work in a hair replacement client helping women with hair loss I think since starting working in there it's made me embrace who I am more."

Sarah has chosen to share her story in a bid to help other young women and girls going through the same experiences that she went through.

Credit: Sarah McManus
Credit: Sarah McManus

"I've decided to share my story to show other women going through the same thing that differences and uniqueness should be celebrated not hidden behind and I hope I can help one other women become comfortable in their own skin.

"If anyone is struggling with any body confidence issues no matter what it is your feeling self conscious about then please remember that differences and uniqueness should be celebrated.

"I never thought in a million years I'd be in a position now where I can actually leave the house as myself and not hide behind a wig.. so if I can then so can they."

Featured Image Credit: Sarah McManus

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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