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Six-Year-Old Deléna Thompson Debuts Illustrated Book To Uplift Children With Alopecia

Alopecia is a prominent issue affecting Black women at staggering rates. Despite the difficulties the autoimmune disease can bring to many, six-year-old Deléna Thompson decided to empower other children who have endured similar struggles. In a soul-stirring tale, Thompson has released an illustrated book titled “I Am Not My Hair” as an ode to children across the world to remind them “even though I don’t have any hair, I am still me,” reports. Thompson first learned about her diagnosis after her mother Telena Longmore found a small area on her scalp was missing hair in 2019. As her situation worsened, she was forced to seek treatment f rom a specialist who shared the news that her hair may never grow back, according to the outlet. Deeply saddened and stricken by fear of what her peers would think, she attempted various styles to cover up the condition. Over time, as it became clear the condition was not improving, her mother suggested she too would shave her head to...

Nov 1, 2021