This first post is my reveal about my struggle with alopecia areata. It is an autoimmune disease where my body attacks my hair follicles and causes my hair to fall out. There is not one known cause (there are MANY triggers) and there is not a cure. I have been to so many doctors and am working so hard to find the root cause of this. Diet has been a tremendous factor for me, as well as lifestyle changes like taking up yoga and acupuncture and not having bourbon!
It has been very emotional for me and I have hidden this from so many people. I just recently started telling my friends about it within the last year. It has helped me to talk about it with them but I developed a growing need to share it with the public. I thought that if I have to go through this, then I may as well help inspire others. I want my struggle to serve a purpose. Even if you do not have alopecia, or any other autoimmune disease, I know that you have felt the feelings I have felt. The feeling that you have to hide something for others to accept you. I want you to know that you are not alone. In talking about this, I hope to create an open dialog for people like me and you. To say that even though the pictures on social media are carefree, there’s a lot going on behind that smile. And that’s ok! It’s ok to talk about that too! Let those moments shape you, but not rule and define you.