Sharing this story has been in my mind for five years that I’ve had alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmunity disease that causes hair loss to a different extent. I have alopecia areata, which symptoms include bald patches on scalp, eyebrows and lashes in my case. For many years I felt alone with alopecia because I was too ashamed of my condition to reach out. At times I was just tired of thinking and talking about alopecia that I ended up hiding it for years even from my closest friends. Many with autoimmunity struggle in hiding like I did but lately I’ve seen people with alopecia sharing their stories on social media. I’ve even gotten to know about others suffering with alopecia in my life. It took me five years to get to this point where I’d rather share my experience than hide it as I realized how important it was for me to see and know others who had alopecia.
I also wanted to share this now since my hair is falling out again and I’m going to start using wigs soon. So much great things have happened already this year and more are bound to happen and I don’t want to spend more time being afraid and ashamed. So from now I’m going to do what I’ve been wanting to do for five years: be more open and keep sharing my experience with living with alopecia💛