Meet Gianessa Wride, a beautiful 7-year-old from Salem, Utah. On January 1st her mother Daniella noticed that Gianessa had a bald spot on the back of her head about the size of a quarter. Her hair was also thinning around the temples. Crazy hair day was coming up at school and Daniella knew it was important to her daughter to rock that crazy hair, but how do you have a crazy hairstyle if your hair is falling out? And most important, how would the kids at school react to Gianessa’s condition? Life as a second grader is hard enough. Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! Keep scrolling to see this mom’s mad skills.
After visits to the pediatrician and dermatologist, Gianessa was diagnosed with alopecia, a medical condition that causes hair loss.
Alopecia is an auto-immune condition that occurs when the body attacks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out in circular pattern patches.
Hair loss associated with the condition is unpredictable and occurs spontaneously.
The extent of hair loss varies from person to person. It can occur on the scalp and sometimes eyebrows, eyelashes, face and even other parts of the body.
Sadly, there is no cure. Although there are treatments such as over the counter medications that are rubbed directly onto the scalp that aid in hair growth and increase the rate at which it grows back. Some people even lose all their hair, a condition called alopecia universalis.
Instead of choosing medications that usually only work temporarily, Gianessa chose to shave off what little hair she had left. (Doesn’t she look amazing?) Crazy hair day at school was rapidly approaching, however. So Daniella Wride took to the isles of Wal-Mart for some inspiration.
On her search, Daniella found a pack of jeweled scrapbook stickers that she thought would match her daughter’s fun personality perfectly. Gianessa was still a little hesitant about the idea and wasn’t sure the kids at school would like it.
After looking in the mirror at the amazing designs her mom created, Gianessa was ecstatic! Flowers, a butterfly and even a green (her favorite color) owl adorned her head.
Her classmates loved her look, too. Daniella said as soon as she dropped Gianessa off for school, she heard kids complimenting her daughter’s hair. “She opened the car door in the car drop-off lane and kids were already telling her that it was amazing and awesome and that they wish they could do it and that it looked so great,” Daniella said. “When she got home from school she told me they all told her that they absolutely loved her crazy hair.”
Gianessa now frequently dons breathtaking headpieces. “She’s is so brave and beautiful,” said a very proud Daniella. “The sheer determination and confidence rolls off in waves from this tiny girl. I just love her!” She also reminds her daughter that whether she is wearing a wig, scarf, headpiece or rocking the bald look that she is beautiful no matter what. She also encourages other people with the auto immune disease to wear whatever they feel most comfortable in without worrying what other people think.
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What an inspiration you are to all of us, Gianessa! You rock, girlfriend!