Monday, September 14, 2009

Moment of epiphany...came from MTV Arabia?

Hey all,

I was watching MTV Arabia a few hours ago, as I do lately during the day to kill time until Duma gets home from work (when I'm not on facebook, watching E-Entertainment or doing some other mind numbing activity) and came across an episode of True Life...

Today it was all about people with medical conditions i.e. who were losing their hair.
Although 1 guy was an absolute tosser (a white homie-g Eminem wannabe), the story that really touched me was about a young girl (Rebecca) who had Alopecia. Prior to get knowing, she was a gorgeous brunette, graduating from HS and her only concerns were grades, boys and her friends...

It was so sad to see her go through this entire process - from misdiagnosis by physicians...waking up with clumps of hair on her pillow...having to keep it a secret and wear a wig just to feel 'normal' in public...regular cortizone injections in her scalp...growing her hair back (and then dealing with how people would publicly react) then losing her hair again.

It was heartbreaking and at a time when I am focusing on trivial things in my life - it was grounding. Hopefully the few decent shows on MTV raise awareness and kick people (like me) into gear by increasing understanding and empathy.

Another guy found the process of early balding pretty challenging and it showed some of the awkward social situations that he often deals with, poor guy!
Just goes to show us girls that not only are we insecure about our looks, so are men and we should be conscious of this.

Here is a link to a video of the last guy.

Not only did it make me realise how blessed I am, it also made me revisit the fact that people may look different but everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion.

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