Coming up soon (December 4th, mark your calendars) I’m going to be selling $0.50 alopecia pins to celebrate. It might be trivial, but everything is going to the NAAF or National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Only a little will help!
I am running for Student Council President this year. I think it’s a breakthrough, because I may be the first alopecian girl to run for President. This is great especially since I have an edge: Even if they don’t remember the name, they’ll remember the baldness.
My motto is Hemann Makes It Happen, because I plan to do lots of things past presidents have said they would do, but none have ever done it. The post has been short, but sweet. Here is my speech:
Some of you know me, Peyton Hemann. Last time I did this kind of thing, it was a pretty big occasion–One Friday in 4th grade, I took off my wig, conducting a Q&A with Steelers NFL player Ryan Shazier to teach students about alopecia, the disease that made me bald. Well, here I am again, this time with a big goal in mind, and I’m asking YOU to vote for me for President of the Student Council. Every year, we have the same old things in the student store. Pencils, pens, erasers, pencil cases. Well, I’m making that better. Here’s to new items, better items, and more fun items. For example, I would put in ”keychain games”, little games that can go anywhere with you. They are fully functional and fun. In addition, I’d introduce new clubs–the Leadership Club, empowering kids to become strong leaders, and the Community Service Club, cleaning up our community one step at a time. Another cool idea is to let students play Minecraft Education Mode in Technology, an amazing learning (and fun) tool that is safe and helps the teaching process. When it comes to qualities, I am productive, trying to get things on my agenda done very quickly, keep my colleagues on track and on schedule, and listen to your opinions and ideas. I would post an Idea Box, so anyone can come up with an idea and drop it there. I’d be open to anything. Robotics club, Unicorn club, Fortnite club, you name it, the sky’s the limit! If you want cool items, exciting clubs, and a president who listens to your ideas, just remember to vote for me, Peyton, because Hemann Makes It Happen!
I haven’t been posting on this blog for a long while–almost a month– and I know you’re wondering why. However, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I’m still just an 11-year-old student operating a business from my living room. In addition to this website, I also have to juggle schoolwork, piano, and competitive swimming. I try to post, but things don’t always turn out. Please forgive me for my lack of posts, and I will try to come back.
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Oh man. It’s the first day of school. You’re nervous about another school year. And holy cow, it’s that cute boy from your math class that you still have to work up to courage to talk to. You aren’t in a group, which is a BIG problem. How do you cope with social weirdness?
Find Other Loners
Chances are, others are feeling lonely and awkward. Help them out by just going up to them and saying hi. You might hit it off!
Jump into Groups
If you overhear a group talking about something you like, talk to them.
Forget About Baldness
As alopecian Shelby Ortiz said,
”Hair is an accessory, not a neccessity .”
Just act normal. I mean seriously, you are practically normal. See my post What Sets Me Apart for more insight on that topic.
Let nothing stop you from being you. Remember, you are a unicorn in a sea of horses. Embrace the horn!
Even if school’s already started, just retain these facts. Maybe you can rehash it next year!
When shunned by others, alopecians can feel alone in the universe. Just remember these:
If astronauts can do it, so can you.
The classic ”I can do it” saying with an intergalactic twist.
You’re a tiny speck in the universe–but everyone else is too.
Never forget that even if you’re bald, it doesn’t affect your substantialness.
Stars died to make you.
It’s true; supernovae provided the materials to make our Sun, Earth, and fellow bald observers.
You are born from a nebula. Go ahead and shine as bright as one.
Simple. You can be awesome.
Disorientation is always on the ISS.
If you feel out of whack, just remember that astronauts feel this harder.
An asteroid created the Moon.
Good things can sprout from the bad.
You are an astronaut on spaceship Earth.
Anyone can reach for the stars.
We are so different
But so alike
That hard to dislike
But we push forward
We can strive
Our boats float shoreward
Towards good life
Is our prime defense
Let the bad words bounce off you
And soak the good ones in
You cannot let the bullying get to
Your feelings kept within
Alopecia is a blessing
It cannot be called a curse
Some just can’t help expressing
How they dislike the diverse.
But we are strong, no dismiss
And we can overcome no less
Then climbing out of the abyss
Of hard, cold, pressing aggress.
Don’t be afraid to look,
To see how you can achieve
The respect which many can