I'm 33yrs old & have been battling Alopecia Areata for over 10yrs.
I'm married to the most wonderful man...Jeff & we have 3 kiddos, George is 7, Andrew is 4, & Allie Grace was born 5/17/08.
I am originally from Oklahoma City, but marrying an Air Force man has allowed me to live in places I never thought I'd see, like Belgium!!
My husband is now a civilian, after 10yrs of service & we now live in Jim Thorpe, Pa.
I am a huge US history nut, with anything WWII related being my passion. Before getting married & doing the SAHM gig, I majored in History & American military history. I still plan to eventually finish up the 13hrs I have left, so that maybe one day I can get my dream job of teaching college kids about the Greatest Generation & having a dingy little office cluttered with books!!:)
Aside from being a mom & wife, I like to get involved with as many activities as I can.....this allows me to forget about the A/A for a while, by keeping busy.
I've coached the boys soccer teams, been active with a wonderful military wives group, & try to devote time to other causes such as POW/MIA's, military & veteran's affairs, & AD/HD(our oldest son is afflicted with this condition.).
My life hasn't been easy, by any means, but, I try to look at it like this: Life is never easy, so it's best to work with what you've been given & try to make a difference in someone else's life!
Living with A/A has made me realize that no one is perfect, love comes in all shapes, beauty is not what's on the outside, but what's on the inside, & being true to yourself is the most important thing!
I have a very supportive family, from my parents to my husband & children. I also have a close circle of friends who push me to be who I am & for that I am grateful.
I've just recently "come out" with my A/A, & the funny thing is, some people whom I've known since childhood, had NO idea I had struggled with this! So, I am opening up & trying to raise awareness, hoping that by getting the word out, people will learn more & be more accepting of people with this devastating condition.
I'm hoping to find some people who have been there, done that!
So your first encounter with AA was when you were 22? Does anyone else in your family have AA? I am wondering if your triggers are hormones and stress? My daughter is 13 and she has AA. She just recently started loosing more hair, she has always had patches here and there, but now she is loosing a lot of her hair all over. I get very sad when I see the drains and her bed pillows. Actually it is everywhere. I am thankful for women like you that share your daily experiences and prove that you can carry on with a normal life. :-)
Hi Amy, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to Alopecia World. I have been living with Alopecia Areata since 1991 and know full well the struggle it can be. I look forward to getting to know you. Cheryl, Co-founder
Any mention of products and services on Alopecia World is for informational purposes only; it does not imply a recommendation or endorsement by Alopecia World. Nor should any statement or representation on this site be construed as professional, medical or expert advice, or as pre-screened or endorsed by Alopecia World. Alopecia World is not responsible or liable for any of the views, opinions or conduct, online or offline, of any user or member of Alopecia World.