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I've had alopecia for 10 years now. The past five have been alopecia universalis. This school year, I changed school districts to be closer to home. It turned out to be a much less stressful job and very fulfilling. Two or three months ago, we started noticing "peach fuzz" on my face and part of my head. When I had alopecia areta, it was common for fuzz to come and go, so I didn't think much of it. But it hasn't gone anywhere this time, and it is getting longer. My sidewalls are still…Continue
I teach the English Learners in 5 schools in my district.The other day, I was walking through the kindergarten hall and a boy started laughing and pointing and shouted that I looked like a boy. I have alopecia universalis and seldom cover my head.I knelt down and had a gentle but honest conversation about what would be a better way to express his interest and observations. A little girl next to him joined in and asked if I had cancer. I explained that I didn't and in five to six year old…Continue
My youngest daughter recently turned 6, and I got to go to spend the afternoon with her in her class. I arrived to her room before the class got back from music and was preparing their strawberry shortcakes when the students began arriving. Comments soon began to fly: "She looks like a boy." "Your mommy is bald headed." "Where did her hair go?" I could tell my daughter was beginning to get defensive. "My mommy's cute. I think she's beautiful."
The teacher wasn't back, so I asked…Continue
Last year I participated in NaNoWriMo (National November Write Month) and wrote, 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. This year, I decided to join again, and finished. This novel is about a 17 year old who finds out she has Alopecia. Writing 50,000 words in a month, while you are trying to live your normal life is pretty tough, but this month has been an emotional roller coaster for me as I have relived so much of my own personal experiences through this writing process. I…Continue