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Started Apr 19, 2017 0 Replies

Quick background: Started with AA at 4 years old, 25% fell out and returned within a year. At 11 years old 50% fell out and returned. The. Finally at 13-14 years old all of my scalp hair had fallen…Continue

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Hello! Well I'm 21 years old and from Syracuse, NY. Gosh, I've had alopecia areata since I was a little girl, it came and went until I was 12 then it hasn't grown back since because I refused to be a lab rat for my dermatologist. For the first 4 years, I mainly used hats and scarfs, but for the last 5-6 years I've been using wigs. I also have many other health problems, most likely autoimmune origin. Anything else you want to know, just ask.
Do you have alopecia?
Alopecia areata
Are you age 18 or older?
Yes - I am 18 or older

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Well here I am again

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:30am 7 Comments

At 21 I thought my hair would've been back by now. For the last 7-8 years I've mostly ignored the problem or pretended I didn't care. Reality is, I do care. I also wonder if my condition is in the way of having a relationship. I see many girls my age either married, engaged, or at least with someone, while I'm left alone. It really takes a special kind of guy to deal with our issues inside and out.

Basically the past 5 years have been hell, medically speaking. From my hair loss, 3…


My story at 19

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

Well. I'm not sure where to start. Basically I had AA on and off since I was 4 years old. At 12 I finally decided that the PUVA treatments and the high dosage of steroids were breaking me down so I just lost all of my scalp hair and have been bald ever since! Middle and high school were definitely the worst, the kids were beyond horrible. Which had lead to my major self esteem issues, which I'm sure all of us have battled with.

During my junior year in HS I started having major…


Identity confusion

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 9:56pm 5 Comments

I'm kinda new to the site and I'm not sure how it works but here goes my story. I'm 17 years old and I've dealt with Alopecia most of my life. My dermatologist had linked my alopecia to bacteria puenmonia because every time I had that 3-6 months later I had no hair. I was diagnosed at 4 years old with AT. My hair came back but it's been a rollercoaster from having hair and not having hair the past 5 years, but at 15 years old it fell out again and I was devastated because I was just walking… Continue

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At 6:49pm on January 24, 2015, Sarah Elizabeth said…
Hello there From Rochester! It's nice to see somebody on here so close to home!
At 9:36pm on January 21, 2015, Tomy Pereira said…

Hi Rita, thanks for accept me :) I also have alopecia universalis, if you want to talk a little with me about it, I am with open arms.

At 6:22pm on October 20, 2010, Hilary said…
Hey Rita! I'm 17 too! and i'm from new zealand! how u bn going lately?
At 2:15pm on August 12, 2010, Kimberly O'Donnell said…
Hi Rita, how are you? i'm in Albany, NY, and tryng to find some AA girls close by....my daughter Isabelle is 15 and was diagnosed at 4 yrs. old also. I was thinking about starting some kind of support group in the area/state....Would you be interested???
I'm sure Izze would love to chat with you!! Kim
At 5:08pm on July 9, 2010, LeslieAnn Butler said…
Hello and welcome, Rita!
How are you today?


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