People -- especially women -- tell me how sorry they are that I have lost ALL of my hair. THERE IS NO CURE.
Being that our viewpoints on beauty are dictated by the media and what we commonly expect to see, young girls afflicted with Alopecia often lose their self-esteem and are bullied. Most of us resort to tattooing our eyebrows, wearing wigs and trying desperately to look “normal.” No one should feel less feminine, or less of a person, because they don’t have hair.
The condition I have -- Alopecia areata -- will affect more than 6.6 million people in the United States and 147 million people worldwide at some point in their lives. Hair loss occurs because the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles within the scalp. My condition is most common in people younger than 20 years of age -- which affects as many as 3-million American youth each year!