by Viviscal Hair Expert, originally posted on August 5th, 2012
Having lived with the hair loss condition alopecia since childhood, Joanna Rowsell says her hair loss has helped drive her on to greatness.
And her win in the women’s cycling team pursuit could not have come at a better time – it fell on International Alopecia Day which seeks to raise awareness of the condition.
She said a fan contacted her on Twitter on Saturday to tell her about the special day: “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a bit spooky that our Olympic final is the same day’.”
She added: “I hope I can be an inspiration to other girls with the condition and help raise awareness of it.
The 23-year-old said: “When I was younger I used to focus really hard on my school work. I wasn’t really confident on going out and doing the usual teenage things. I didn’t have much confidence in my appearance and I became very, very focused on my studies.
“But when cycling came along that was another thing for me to focus on and suddenly it didn’t matter what I looked like, it was about how I performed on the bike and that’s what I was judged on. That was great. When I started winning that was the best feeling ever.
“I wasn’t going to stop; I wasn’t going to let it hold me back. You only live once, so go for it.”