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For individuals with hair loss, showing off one’s hair can be embarrassing, for both men and women alike. For individuals with alopecia, extreme hair loss can be even harder to conceal. A woman named Cathy Johnson has been battling the autoimmune disease for six years

As a result, she’s been hiding her hair under a hat for as long as it’s been falling out.

But in a new video, she’s finally summoned the courage to show everyone what she’s bee struggling with. On camera, she takes off her hat and shows the bald spots where clumps of her hair fell out.

Then, with the help of a friend, she shaves off the remainder of her hair! Though this isundoubtedly a very emotional moment for her, six years in the making, she appears to be happy that it has finally come. Her friend starts by cutting off the long strands, then shaves off the remainder of Cathy’s hair.

She says, “This is my second round with alopecia and I am done letting it control me! I need to live for ME, not trying to hide it!”

What a brave move for a woman fighting a terrifyingbattle. Watch the clip until the end to see how much happier she looks.

Please SHARE if you’re glad this woman was finally able to reclaim her life in the face of her illness!

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