Woman using alopecia diagnosis to help inspire others

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 16, 2020 07:20 PM
Created: January 16, 2020 07:14 PM

Life at times throws us all a curveball, but it's what we do with it that determines if we knock that ball out of the park.


Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham has heard it all, "Your crown is your glory," “Life isn't perfect, but your hair can be," "Your hair is 99-percent of your selfie."

In fact, her hair was part of her tools. Her professional look served her as she traveled from Syracuse to Albany advocating pay equity and more women-owned businesses.

Through her company, Women TIES, she was an early advocate for female wealth building.

However, in 2018, she was forced to adopt a new life where she would have no hair. She lost all of it to alopecia.

In her new book, she notes how her baldness attracted attention. Some thought she had cancer, while others understood those conversations aided her.

Today, without hair, her motto is accept yourself, be kind to others.

Learn more about how she learned to accept herself, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

MORE INFORMATION: National Alopecia Areata Foundation | WomenTIES

WEB EXTRA: How Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham was able to face the world

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