My alopecia arrived at 12 years old. Mostly small spots here and there for roughly 20 years. If the spots got too big I would seek a dermatologist cortizone shots and it would eventually grow back. I went for 7 years then with no spots at all! Then at 50ish my bottom hair line fell out. Because it was not that noticeable I did not get to the dermatologist for 4 months. By then my entire back hair line was up to the middle of the back of my head. I went to the dermatologist for the last 3 years solid getting cortizone shots. Other spots fell out and regrew but the bottom part never returned. Long story short...I am 55 years old now....2 weeks ago I decided that I was done with the shots and I shaved my head. I had lost so much that shaving my head became necessary. What freedom I feel from years and years of hiding my bald head. Now it's out there for everyone to see. I am still adjusting to not having hair. Everyone has to rub my head and hug me like I am the Budda...LOL! Keeping my head shaved I will be able to see if any areas are growing back. For today...I like standing in the truth of my baldness.

My best wishes go out to you and good luck on your life journey...

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Love your baldness! :D I've been hiding it since I was about 6 years old, but last year I traveled Europe and got rid of my wig. I'm going to be 27 and I love it, the freedom!! It's still new at times, for instance, how to go to a job interview...I went with a wig (I say 'a' wig, because I have fun with my numerous wigs) because I didn't want others' insecurities to hold me back. Good luck darling!

Its a wonderful freeing feeling when you finally let go. I dont look at it as giving up on hair growth, but more as loving myself more than to let alopecia control my life. Its been 1 1/2 yrs since the day I shaved my head after 27 yrs of hiding. For me it was enough is enough. I smile more and share more than ever before.

It has been just 3 weeks since I shaved my head and it is interesting having the world greet you differently. People are curious and do the best they know how. I also found Alopecia World 3 weeks ago! I have never spoken to anyone with alopecia before. I so appreciate you and others for taking the time to share your stories. I have learned so much since I started reading the posts online. I had no idea that my scalp itching was alopecia and the rash that comes and goes on the back of my neck...alopecia too. I also have learned that I will need to use sunscreen on my head, neck and ears. I would not have thought about that until it was too late. So...I am loving being part of an alopecia community. Thanks again for your time and Happy St. Patricks Day:)

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