I have had alopecia since I was four. It was just bald spots and thinning when I was a child. I lost all the hair on my head for the first time when I was 13. It was devistating to me. I used Drithocreme to force it grow back but I could not keep it from falling out. It fell out again when I was 17, a junior in high school. Great time again - a teenager. I made it grow back but it fell out again when I was 19. It was just so hard to watch it fall out, and I really didn't want to go thru it anymore. I chose then not to make it grow back. In my early 20's I lost the rest of my body hair. By the grace of God, my eyelashes grew back and I have had them ever since...I am now 37. I am really only now coming to accept myself as a bald woman in a society obsessed with long, shiny, soft female hair...it's what makes us lovable and beautiful after all....right???
I want to make sure others with AA, AT and AU know you are not alone. Also, log onto Alopecia World and join. I have found others all over the world like myself...it's a safe place to share the pain and victories. I have also connected with other women in the Phoenix area and it's helping me feel more "normal", and I've met some great people!