6-year-old writes a e book about alopecia
Delena Thompson is a six-year-old woman, aiming to unfold some love and light-weight throughout this winter season.
This London schoolgirl, the eldest of three siblings, has simply launched her debut e book, ‘I Am Not My Hair’. Revealed by BlackJak Media, the one firm in Europe specialising in publishing books written by Black youngsters, I Am Not My Hair is the true-life story of Delena’s journey with hair loss.
There was nice pleasure within the Thompson family when Delena acquired the exhausting copies of her e book. Her household, together with grandparents, celebrated alongside along with her. Delena was even requested to autograph copies of her e book that individuals had purchased. She acquired caught up within the pleasure, and when issues had calmed down a little bit, Delena went and sat in her mom’s lap and instructed her: “I’m so happy with myself.” And so she ought to be.
Delena suffers from alopecia – the medical time period for hair loss. She was simply 4 when she was identified with the situation. Alopecia is extra generally related to adults and might be brought on by stress, poor weight loss plan, and even sure hairstyles.
Her mom, Telena Longman, a nursery supervisor, defined: “Alopecia wasn’t one thing I used to be conscious of till my daughter was identified with it.”
“(Delena) had been sick for a month. She was having fixed complications, and her physique all the time appeared to be aching. She did get higher, however then we famous she had a coined-size patch on her scalp. We then began to search out extra patches and, by the point her brother was born, Delena’s hair was matting collectively. The medical doctors mentioned there was nothing extra they may do and suggested us to chop off her hair.”
When the day got here for Delena to get her hair lower, she instructed her mum: “I’m not going to be lovely with out hair.”
Deeply moved by her daughter’s phrases, and in a present of solidarity, Telena acquired her hair lower as effectively, to virtually exhibit that it’s doable to look lovely with little or no hair.
Telena recognised, following the loss of Delena’s hair, that she would wish to take steps to construct up her daughter’s self-confidence, so throughout lockdown, she despatched Delena to bounce and drama lessons. And, when it was time for Delena to return into the classroom, Telena despatched a message to all of the mother and father to arrange them for Delena’s new look.
Upon her precise return to highschool, Delena gave talks about alopecia and her hair loss to her fellow pupils of their lessons. Telena recalled: “The youngsters had been very supportive, and a few instructed Delena she was lovely, even with out her hair.”
It was throughout an opportunity dialogue at a hairdressers that BlackJak Media founder, Juliet Coley, acquired the thought to method Delena to write down a e book. Juliet recalled: “There are such a lot of books on the market about younger Black ladies embracing their lovely and pure hair and, after studying of Delena’s hair journey, I used to be impressed by the braveness and power she exhibited with none, and thought her story would make an amazing e book.
I’ve skilled hair loss myself after I underwent chemotherapy for colon most cancers. I discovered the expertise traumatic, so after I met Delena, and heard in regards to the optimistic method she was coping with it, I had nothing however admiration for her.
Delena’s need is to lift consciousness and understanding of alopecia by means of her e book, in addition to to face in solidarity with folks whom society deems as completely different.
She mentioned: “I wished to write down a e book so I might share what it was like lose my hair. I really feel OK about having alopecia, as a result of I’ve learnt about why I’ve it, and I do know that having alopecia can’t cease me. I need folks to pay attention to it, and I need folks to cease bullying individuals who have alopecia or who look completely different.”
She added: “I need anybody who feels or appears completely different to know they aren’t alone. They’re liked, and they’ll all the time have a pal in me.”
Everybody who meets Delena says she is a courageous, lovely little one. Her household really feel the identical too. “We’re extraordinarily happy with her – each single considered one of us. Delena hopes that by means of studying I Am Not My Hair, folks will perceive how folks with alopecia really feel, and achieve an understanding of the situation.”
I Am Not My Hair is revealed by BlackJak Media. Go to www.younglitstars.com to get a replica.
Written by: Marcia Dixon MBE