It's that time of year for reflection and to take a minute and count your blessings.
And funnily enough I think the one thing that I am truly grateful for is my alopecia.
I lost my hair two years ago due to stress, and I am so glad that my anxiety manifested itself into something so visible.
I think that if I had developed something else I would have ignored it, and just soldiered on.
But I think that when all your hair drops out in the space of a few weeks your body is giving you quite a strong message.
Of course, when it happened I wasn't thankful at all.
In fact the first thing I thought when the doctor told me was 'great, I have a condition that rhymes with my name.'
'Hello. My name's Letitia and I have alopecia.'
And it was difficult at first when I decided to ditch the wig.
The first time I ventured out shopping, the woman at the till smiled at me in a pitying manner and whispered:
'You're so brave, I wouldn't have the guts to go out like that.'
Being British, I smiled apologetically and mumbled something as I packed my bags.
However, as I looked up to pay her I felt much better.
Being ridiculously and utterly British, I didn't say it to her face, but I giggled all the way to my car as I repeatedly said in my head,
I'm not half as brave as you wearing that frosted green eye shadow and blue mascara.
Given the choice I know which look I'd rather be rocking around Asdas.'
What I am truly grateful for is that it made me and my hubby sit down and re-assess what we really wanted in life.
We decided that we wanted to get off the Merry- Go- Round and slow down a little.
And this last year has been a really good one and I appreciate my friends and family with all my heart.
I was thinking about this this morning as a few little tufts have started to peek out of my scalp here and there, in fact I have half a side burn!
But if it never comes back I don't really care that much.
(The only thing I'm not grateful about is that now I have to shave my legs!
Alopecia without the benefits I guess!)
Hope you didn't mind me prattling on chucks, thank you for all the support and comments you have sent me throughout the year.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas time and a magical New Year.
Lots of love xxx