• 'I don't want to hide myself': Teen with alopecia says illness will not define her

    By: Allison Latos

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    MATTHEWS, N.C. - Middle schoolers have enough anxiety to deal with, even on their best days. Imagine being a seventh grader and losing your hair. 

    Alopecia is a medical condition that hits just one in 1,000 children, but to those kids, it is life-changing. 

    [ALSO READ: Creative 4-year-old with alopecia transforms garbage bags into dresses to boost her confidence]

    "People automatically think I have cancer and I don't like that, like I'm kind of annoyed by it," Jocelyn Restrepo-Quintero said.

    Watch the video above as Eyewitness News anchor Allison Latos explains how one very inspiring Matthews teen refuses to let it define her.

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