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Jane is a truly unique girl. She's not like everyone else and would even say, "I'm not like normal people". The thing that's different about Jane is that she has no eyebrows and no eyelashes. Having no eyebrows and no eyelashes is a condition that can happen for several reasons. Eyebrows and eyelashes are obviously hair and hair falling out can be very traumatic for a young person.

Jane does not have cancer, alopecia or any other disease that caused her eyebrows to fall out or her eyelashes to fall out. She has a mental disorder called Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is a mental problem that people can get from stress, or through birth. The condition causes chemical reactions in the brain that tells the body to pull out hair from a certain part of the body. In Jane's case, she pulls out her eyebrows and her eyelashes. It's less a form of hair loss, and more of a mental condition she acts on when she's stressed out.

Lot's of people stare at her and sometimes they even whisper about her behind her back. It makes her feel sad and really angry. It also makes her crazy and mad when friends ask her why she does not have eyebrows or eyelashes. This is because after she explains her mental condition, Trichotillomania, they act like they understand but she can tell that they are still weirded out.

Jane is NOT weird. Her mental problem is just something she deals with and it makes her unique, totally unique, somthing that makes her stand out from the crowd. She says "I am me, and that's who I am." She feels she will never be able to put on makeup and and stuff and be a beauty queen or a diva all because of her appearance. To some people, she may look a little strange.

It stinks because her parents have tried virtually everything to help her from doctors to treatment to therapy through therapists, to medicine to hypnotism through hypnosis. But nothing has worked and she can't stop pulling out her eyebrows and pulling out her eyelashes.

The good news is that Jane got microblading and now has eyebrows. Microblading is the tattooing of eyebrows where you have none. Microblading is very effective but it did hurt a little. She uses fake eyelashes sometimes but because she has no eyelashes of her own for them to hold on to on her eyelids, the fake eyelashes often fall off. While this could cause anxiety, Jane is used to it and realizes that for now, this is just the consequences of her mental problem that she's trying to cure.

She also hopes that her appearance will not effect other kids and people getting to know who she really is inside. But for now she just accepts that she the girl with no eyebrows and no eyelashes. And she's okay with that.

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