Sisters In Mental Illness: Hair Loss, PCOS, Depression & Healing (with Evaline Njoki)

“If I can speak to one woman or use my story on a platform like this to encourage other women who are going through infertility, loss, deep disappointment and betrayal—that is my purpose in all of this. It is going to be painful and that pain never goes away, but you can use that pain for good.”


This month, Shaley speaks to Evaline Njoki about her mental health journey.

One of the challenges Njoki has faced while navigating polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility and depression was hair loss. During this bold and powerful interview, Njoki takes off her wig to show the scars on her head and share how she found the confidence to embrace her beautiful bald head. This conversation isn’t just a mental health journey. Rather this is a love story—it’s the story of a woman learning to reclaim her true and whole self. You don’t want to miss this!

Watch their conversation here (


About Njoki:

Njoki is a Kenyan born Canadian from Vancouver, BC. She is a daughter, a niece, a sister, a friend and BAE (best auntie ever) to her nieces and nephews. Njoki works as a pediatric registered nurse at a local hospital, where she can’t believe she gets paid to cuddle babies!

Njoki is learning to walk in confidence and owning all that she is — unapologetically. Realizing that she cannot shrink herself to fit in. Choosing circles that welcome her with open arms and reciprocate the love that she gives out to the world. Njoki has been intentional about using her pain to inform her purpose. Taking the things she didn’t get in her past and recognizing that those are the things she is most capable of giving.



One in four people struggle with a mental health disorder in our world. Sisters in Mental Illness is a vlog series where Shaley Hoogendoorn has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience of living with a mental illness. We will share ALL the stories—stories of sadness, madness, shame and struggle. The more we talk about hard things like mental health, the better we can understand and walk with and alongside our Sisters in Mental Illness. We can remind each other that our stories are not over yet. Together we can smash the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness, ONE story at a time.

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If you are struggling with any mental health issues, we hope you will reach out and seek professional help.

The views, information, or opinions expressed during this series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of SheLoves Magazine. 

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley grew up in Northern BC in her family-built log home with loads of brothers. Her childhood was filled with snow, skates, hockey and huskies. Shaley has always had a small town heart with big city dreams. She is married to Rob and put down roots in PoCo with their smart and sassy tween girls. Shaley has no inner monologue, never follows a recipe and has the biggest hair in any room. Hands down. Shaley invests her heart into her family, her community and her world. She works as an elementary school teacher and an event planner. She is fiercely passionate about helping the next generation become peacemakers and world changers. She brings beauty and order to Women’s Events and everyday life. She believes in sisterhood and women telling their stories without judgement. She follows Jesus and believes that love always ALWAYS wins. Come follow her ramblings on Instagram at @shaley_hoogs and messybeautywithshaley @
Shaley Hoogendoorn