Anne, lovely, courageous and above all impressive Anne
Anne in itself is already a very fine name, and she does her name proud. I myself am an Anne too, from a what earlier built (56), and though I have my story too, I never found the drive at such a young age to make myself that visable. Cause that is wat Anne (17) does, she makes herself visable in a vibrant, bright eyed and utterly charming way, although her story is not the kind that would predict that she would do so.
Take your time
I have met Anne as the youngest speaker at a story-telling-inspirational event, which I presented. And due to the fact that another speaker fell ill, Anne was requested to please take her time in telling her story. She was young and somewhat anxcious, but she took to the stage with a charme, and the audience welcomed her in their hearts.
Alopecia and losing your hair
She spook about Alopecia, a horrific condition that made her loose her hair, at a time when looks started to matter. How she had to redefine herself, go to school, make friends all over again. She told us how she started to blog and share on social media, and how her condition now enables her to meet and inspire people allover the world.
Anne is both bold and bold;
She told us how agile jokes helpt her cope with non-agile situations and her boldness. From which she later learned that exactly those incidents made her strong and happend to be the cracks of light in the darkness. Because she was so well prepared her story was solid, believable and totally made us forget her age. Her charm and loving observations make it possible for her to share that strength and light with others now, who suffer from conditions that make them doubt their luck and love for life.
I wish for you Anne to keep the energy and devotion that you bring and receive, and that many more beautiful encounters will be in your life. And you and I know that beautifull encounters will always be issues of light and darkness. That light needs the darkness to be, and that with love and a good radar you will be happy and just fine as you are is.
I loved meeting you, to learn you story, and watch you grow in the moment.
Dear Alopecian Girlboss (yes, you are definitely an alopecian girlboss!),
Your blogs about your struggles during your Alopecia journey are so realistic and honost. Living with Alopecia and all the uncomfortable consequences of it are hard, really hard, but your positive attitude in your blogs in telling others to enjoy life no matter what and don’t let Alopecia take away their joy and happiness, makes living with Alopecia more bearable. In your blogs you not only write about how you experience your Alopecia journey (including all the thoughts and feelings in this journey), but also about that it is okay to experience Alopecia different or make other decisions during the Alopecia journey. Thank you so much for giving Alopecians more strength to continue fighting no matter what. You are really a great value to the Alopecia community.
Lots of love and a big, big hug from Milou @myalopeciadiary_
Blog / speaking testimonial
I’ve gotten to know Anne through Instagram and I’m so glad that I found her! Losing my hair the last year has been really isolating and scary but connecting with amazing powerful women online is so refreshing. I love reading about how Anne is navigating her alopecia journey with such a positive attitude. I’m looking forward to more videos and tips!
I’ve listened to your YouTube videos and I think that your are incredibly inspiring! You have such a great presence in front of people and you’re being an important voice for those with alopecia- even those without!
Anne is light, in the midst of darkness. Youth with alopecia look to her to educate, guide and shine the light on alopecia awareness. She is a true inspiration. Thank you Anne! - Rachel
Omigosh!!! This made me cry when I read this! Everything you wrote about describes just about all the experiences I went through. Those injections sucked....the topical cream was just plain messy. I do feel like alopecia is holding me back from my full potential of being who I really am and this is super inspiring to kickstart the feeling I need to have of who the eff cares if I'm bald. Thank you so much for sharing your story! 💕💕💕
Anne is 17 herself, but has inspired the entire room between the ages of 30 and 70. Regardless of age, everyone recognized something in themselves with Anne and her story. An inspiring life lesson for which we are Anne very grateful.
Anne is 17 and 3 years ago she lost her hair because of a disease called alopecia. The message she gave us, was that everybody is beautiful and that you should live your life free of fear of what other people might think of you. I think she is gorgeous and has a bright future because of her inspirational way of sharing her message so vividly and powerful at such a young age!
You just told a beautiful story. I did not talk to you tonight, however you did let me face a few facts, that I did realise somewhere, but tonight I realised it even more. Thank you!
Anne stands on stage for a short period of time, but gives you inspiration for life. She tells, she makes you think and inspires you to do big! Recommended!
A 17 year old girl in front of an audience of adults. A special story about finding your true self and accepting yourself for who you are. What a strong young woman who speaks her words so calmly. If you are looking for someone to give an inspiring presentation, you cannot ignore Anne. Her story is about much more than alopecia and will leave everyone inspired.
As a producer, I had the pleasure of working with Anne. The contact with Anne was very pleasant prior to the event and she had a clear vision to what she wanted to say. The the moment she steps onto the stage - open, powerful, pure and fierce! I was touched, moved and inspired by Anne. She makes contact with her audience, embraces the group with attention and touches her story. Myself included. Dear Anne, good luck with your mission and all your endeavors! - Jolien, Bundelt
And then... there she entered the stage. A young radiant girl, immediately having our attention. By sharing her story she wants to support others with Alopecia. Anne brought her personal story in a funny and vulnerable way. Besides that, she has the charm and the presence to bring a powerfull message to the audience ♡ A message that lasts!
Authentic, with love and passion.
I think you are a role model for every girl/ woman. You show the world that it is not necessary to have hair, because what really counts is personality! You are amazing and a very strong young woman! - Saskia
Hi Anne! I know you since we’re kids and i’m happy to have you as a friend. When I heard you have alopecia, I was little in shock. Even though you lost your hair (which is really important for us girls), you stayed strong and embrace it. U go girl ;)! It’s good to have people like you supporting other people who have the same condition and thats what I really appreciate about you. You inspire people! Keep going with your blog and also loving yourself, with and without your hair :). - Maria
Great article! Sums up exactly how I feel about my alopecia. I have not been brave enough to venture out without my wig yet, though I have posted photos. You are stunning and brave so don't let the big A stop you from living the life you choose!
hi there! wanted u to know that i have read thru some of your posts on here and on your blog and i am overwhelmed with just so much positive emotion at what i’ve seen. i do not have alopecia but i do have trichotillomania so i have suffered greatly with hair loss in past and currently have hair that is almost buzz cut short. like you at one point i have developed a serious issue with thinking that no one will ever find me attractive because of my hair. it has led me to self harm and even consider suicide. i actually was having a pretty rough day today but then i saw your post in a hashtag about your crush liking you back and it boosted my confidence by like 100%. i am in a much better mood now and viewing myself in a far more positive light. i am very grateful to you for showing all of us with hair loss that we are worthy of loving and that we are beautiful in our own way. for years i have compared myself to the “girls with hair” noticing that they seemingly got more romantic attention because of their appearance. i despaired ever so badly over it and i’ve had to be put on 2 medications to manage my depression. again i am so thankful for what you are doing. it opens my mind to the fact that perhaps i am beautiful and worthy of loving despite my lack of long hair.
I’m so glad I found Anne! I have alopecia and her blogposts are very inspiring to me and well written too. I admire her so much for being such a brave young girl, making something positive out of a difficult situation and helping so many others along the way. Anne, you are really one of the sweetest, most inspiring and beautiful people I came across in my life! X Floortje