WHAT THE HECK IS ALOPECIA AREATA?
Experts suggest that Alopecia Areata affects one or two in every 1000 people.
I’M ONE OF THEM.
It’s an Autoimmune disorder when triggered the body produces antibodies which then attack the body’s own tissues. In the case of Alopecia it attacks the hair follicles.
It’s a condition where patches of hair loss develops. For some cases severe hair loss can be permanent causing Alopecia Totalis (Total Baldness) or Alopecia Universalis (Total loss of hair body).
There are several treatment options, in my case steroid shots to the scalp area affected. THERE IS NO CURE.
WHEN DID I DEVELOP THIS CONDITION?
Four years ago while at my nephews baseball game I had my hair in a ponytail when a family member pointed out a round like bald spot in the back of my scalp. When I got home I took a closer look and I was shocked at what I saw in the mirror.
I made a Dr. Appointment and kept it a secret from everyone including my daughter and husband. I didn’t want to alarm or worry anyone because according to “google MD” this hair vanishing act could have been caused be alot of things, some very serious and life threatening.
As the condition continued to progress I was losing more and more hair. Every time I’d take a shower, shampoo and condition, chunks of hair would just fall out. I’d look at my hand full of my long hair and cry. I would avoid brushing my hair or going to the hairdresser. I was scared and sad. It was emotionally draining. But internalizing it made things worse. As stress is a trigger and accelerates the hair loss.
HOW DO I DEAL WITH IT?
- Dermatologist officially diagnosed me with Alopecia Areata
- I did my own extensive research and studied all about the condition.
- I meet and spoke to others with this condition
- I chose the treatment that worked best for me. (Monthly Steroid Shots to the Scalp)
- I joined a local Alopecia Support Group http://www.naaf.org
- I talked to my family and close friends.
- I found a great therapist
- I took inventory of my life and reduced unnecessary stress
- I found a great hairdresser that worked with Alopecia clients
- I wear hair extensions to cover the bald patches as necessary www.thehairshop.com
- I prayed ALOT !!
WHY AM I SHARING SOMETHING SO PERSONAL?
Things are not always as they seem. No ones life is perfect and no one is perfect. You see I’ve learned along the way that we really don’t know what people are going through. Everything might seem fine and dandy on the outside but the reality is that they may just be dealing with a heavy load. It could be your co-worker , the lady at the check out stand, the man changing your oil, your kids teacher your sister in law, anyone can be in that season in life where things are rocky.
Once you figured out the facts and you’ve done your homework – TAKE ACTION. Yes you can be sad, scared and even angry of your situation. In fact, I encourage you to allow yourself to feel all the emotions. However don’t wallow in it. Stop worrying yourself and others, find out the facts, inform the ones that love and care about you, THEN GO TO WORK AND TAKE ACTION !!
SHARING IS CARING. Some people may think this is TMI and that’s ok. However there is someone out there that needed to hear and read this today. This is for you. You are not alone and things will get better. Keep moving forward. IT’S TIME TO PIVOT !!