Meet Teresa Hansson from Malmo, Sweden.
At the age of 14, she was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that leads to complete or partial hair loss. As a result of alopecia, a person's immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss.
For obvious reasons, Teresa was very frightened, noticing disturbances in her body.
“I was young at the time, so at first I thought I had cancer, as this is usually the first thing you think about when you see hair loss. I didn’t know then that hair loss is not due to cancer itself, but due to chemotherapy,”she said.
After learning about the true cause of her illness, Teresa tried her best to hide it.
“It was my big secret and it hurt me a lot when someone noticed something or asked me about my hair. I hid it well."
"At first, only my family knew about it, and after about a year I began to tell my closest friends about the disease."
In the end, thanks to the support of family and friends, Teresa adopted a new self and stopped hiding from people.
"Now I feel that I can be myself and that I no longer need to hide anything."
"I wish I did it earlier, but apparently I just wasn't ready yet."
The decision to give up the wig not only gave the girl more confidence, but also helped in her career.
Now Teresa is 26 years old, she works as a model and hopes that her example will inspire many people with a similar disease not to be shy about their appearance and be more self-confident.
“Don't hide. It only makes you feel worse. Just be yourself and the result will not be long in coming!"
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