Living with Alopecia Areata - In our own words...
"Alopecia areata effects my daily life. Although alopecia areata is not medically disabling, it is emotionally challenging especially for those with extensive hair loss. One of the reasons I am so involved with the National Alopecia Arearta Foundation (NAAF) is so I can help them accomplish their mission to to ensure individuals and famlies with alopecia areata live full,
productive lives. There are millions of successful, well-adjusted and content people living with this condition, however the emotional pain associated with alopecia areata can be overwhelming. To overcome this it's important that one uses their own inner strength and external resources that are medically sound and supportive holistically. Sometimes it helps to get professional counseling, which can help a person build self-confidence and a positive, dignified self -image." Heidi Bratt, Ipswich, MA
In 1999, following the birth of her first child, Sandra Dubose-Gibson was faced Alopecia Areata, which resulted in the complete loss of all the hair on her body. At only 25 years old she was forced into a compelling journey of self discovery and has emerged a living example that true beauty comes from within. Overcoming Alopecia’s devastating blow to her self-esteem, Sandra
transformed pain into passion creating a musical message that seals and heals. “My mission is to be the catalyst that enables women to heal the experiences that have eroded and challenged their self esteem. I am here to help them see the beautiful human beings they truly are and boldly celebrate that beauty and strength from the inside out.” Sandra Dubose-Gibson, Cary, NC
"I go to college now in Durham and have become heavily involved in a great support group. With a calendar shoot, articles in the paper and magazine articles, I have gained a lot of confidence; even getting my Dad to photograph
me without my wig on for the magazine publication. Having alopecia is nothing to be ashamed of it can affect anyone at anytime, I hope you don’t get it, but if you do give us a call and join our group, get support and find out how to live with it and enjoy your life."
Sarah Dorward, Durham, UK