Where acceptance is all there is
For the first time since my diagnosis three years ago, I actually met someone face to face with Alopecia. All I have ever known and spoken with are the great people on here. My friends on this site talked me off a ledge at the very beginning...but I digress.
I was busy running around coordinating an Entertainment event here in my city on the weekend and the member of a band getting ready to perform approached me and said, "So how long have you had Alopecia?" I stopped dead in my tracks...no joke. It's a question that no one ever asks. If they do ask it's more about, "why are you bald?" No one ever just knows. The music was loud and we were unable to chat normally but he told me about his recent diagnosis and I gave him my e-mail address. I am really hoping he e-mails me because it would be great to actually sit down and talk about it with someone who knows exactly what we Alopecians go through -- the emotional ups and downs and occasional social anxiety. Just to chat after all this time would be fantastic.
I would say meeting a fellow Alopecian face to face was the best part of my weekend...despite the exciting community event that was underway. Even though I have come to terms with it and rarely even think about it before leaving the house anymore, I suddenly didn't feel so freakin' alone.