The story of a young dancer from Wales in the UK should serve as an inspiration to many, rather than let a diagnosis of a life without hair get her down she has decided to tackle it head on, so to speak. We look closer.
Josie is a 25-year-old dancer and actor from Wales in the UK. She started learning the Spanish dance style, flamenco when she was just three years old. A passion for dance was born in her and she would go on to achieve a first class BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Dance in 2015. She left education and joined National Dance Company Wales, spending the 2015/16 season touring with them. She remains busy and was to be found working in London at the award-winning flamenco and dance school, La Escuela De Baile. She is now working Seville as a flamenco dancer.
In between all this, she has spent time as a circus acrobat specialising in harness and rope work. She even found time to pop up in a film, Lost in London, alongside Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.
It all goes together to paint a picture of an intelligent and passionate young woman, at the outset of an exciting career. Imagine the effect a diagnosis of alopecia universalis could have on her!
This most aggressive form of alopecia is cruel. It can start in anyone, at any time. It is incurable and results in the complete loss of all scalp and body hair. So no hair on the head at all, no eyebrows, no hair on the arms or legs and no pubic hair. In rare cases, there can be remissions, where the hair does come back. But they are rare enough to be disregarded for new sufferers, who must accommodate their condition as best they can and plan for the long term.
A Study In Keeping Your Chin Up
Josie, like many younger people receiving the diagnosis, had already been on a journey. The shock of seeing her hair falling out in clumps was followed by a temporarily reassuring visit to a doctor, who suggested the condition would probably pass. It didn’t and back in Spain Josie continued to lose hair. A visit to a dermatologist and a series of medications followed, but then Josie noticed she was losing hair from all over her body. It was only at this point the diagnosis of universalis was made.
In a remarkable piece of self-counselling, Josie said: “I wasn’t in pain and it wasn’t like losing my hair was going to kill me. At the end of the day, this was only my appearance. I booked a photo shoot so I’d have lovely photographs of myself with hair to look back on. Then I decided to shave off what was left of my hair. It was falling out so quickly that nothing short of a miracle would save it anyway.” She said of the party she threw to mark the event, “I even baked a cake. It was my way of saying goodbye to my hair. The evening was very emotional but also a celebration.”
Hair Loss for Women
Josie’s brave approach to a challenging situation will be an inspiration to many who find themselves faced with alopecia universalis. Her decision to embrace the condition was a brave one, especially considering that she recognises it might limit her career options “The world of flamenco is very traditional. A bald dancer would be really pushing the boundaries.” She commented. We wish her every success.
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