Hi my name is Stef
I’ve had Alopecia since I was 6 years old.
For a really long time I hid my condition from the world because I believed that it made me less worthy of love and friendship. Over the course of my journey I have struggled with feeling helpless, my identity, having confidence, feelings of self-worth and what it means to be beautiful. The turning point for me was when I wore a headscarf for the first time in Vietnam and had strangers come up to me and tell me I looked beautiful. From then on I stopped trying to squeeze myself into an idea of beauty that didn’t fit me, and began to find the positives in my condition. Now Alopecia is a really unique way of expressing myself.
I have a whole wardrobe for my head depending on how I’m feeling so no bad hair days for me!
This condition has ended up being one of the craziest and most inspiring things to happen in my life. So far I’ve been involved in the AAAF for about 4 years, been in newspaper and magazine articles, done a couple of videos, been a part of a social media campaign and done talks about having Alopecia.
I believe in empowering people to see the silver lining and cherish what makes them an individual. I may not have been in your exact situation, but if I can help at all, feel free to contact me. I’m available for a chat, a vent, catch ups, school visits and other ways I can help out.
You can contact me at Stef@aaaf.org.au