Just a few months ago, one Utah girl named Gianessa Wride was like any other seven-year-old girl. However, within three short weeks, all of her brown hair had fallen out.
After a trip to the doctor, Wride was diagnosed with alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease that makes hair from the entire body fall out. “The doc said that her body wanted ao badly to fight that virus that it got a little to excited and created antibodies again her hair as well,” mom Daniella Wride wrote in a post to Instagram.
The doctors also explained that Gianessa’s hair would likely never grow back. “She’ll probably be bald for the rest of her life, and since wigs make her head itch, we use beanies, hats, and scarves,” Daniella said. And while the news has been understandably devastating to Daniella, her brave seven-year-old has taken it all in stride. “There are times that I think I take it harder than she does. I remember just sobbing one night after she went to bed.”
So when Wride’s school was celebrating their annual ‘Crazy Hair Day’, the seven-year-old didn’t want to miss out on the fun even though her hair was gone. So together, Wride and her mom thought of something special to do, and finally decided to decorate her head with scrapbook jewel stickers. “I know she just wants to be like other kids and just fit in and have fun,” Daniella said. “She loves this kinda thing.”
“She looked in the mirror and said, ‘Mom, this is awesome!’” Daniella said. “Her friends loved it too.” In fact, her classmates and teacher loved it so much that she was declared the best ‘crazy hair’ of her class. “This girl is fierce and brave, way more so than I could have ever imagined. I love her more than anything.”
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[Featured image: Instagram/daniellawride]