My Bald Perspective
Alopecia From All Perspectives
I created My Bald Perspective with the main focus of sharing my perspective of Alopecia and for creating a small voice within the Alopecia world that could hopefully support, educate, and encourage others. I want to use my ups and downs to help instead of always feeling like my main priority is to blend in and to ignore my Alopecia. I’m not looking to be famous or make tons of money, I just wanna be that person someone can turn to when Alopecia is just too much to bare alone.
Alopecia Areata is “an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks its own healthy hair follicles, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body.” So my body sees healthy hair growing on my body and thinks “ATTACK OR THE WHOLE SHIP WILL BE DESTROYED” whereas in a person without Alopecia the body thinks “Oh cool look at that hair growing and doing its thing, I’m gonna go over here and do something else.”
As a pre-teen, I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, which was one of the hardest things that has ever happened to me. Waking up with clumps of hair on my pillow wasn’t easy, the process of brushing my hair was terrifying because I didn’t know how much will stay on the brush, and I knew I looked different than the other girls my age. For the years after my diagnosis, I went through a range of treatments. Nothing seemed to work for a long period of time, and my hair just kept falling out. At one point, I faced the fact that no matter what I tried, I was not getting my hair back. Realizing I was going to be bald was hard; it brought on emotional events that have scarred to me this day, has given me moderate level depression, and high level social anxiety which impacts me every day. There have been traumatic events that are still hard to discuss today, but looking back on the past 20+ years I see them as tests of my core that have made me stronger and less naive to the world around me.