Completed day 35 of my 40 days of Bikram/Baptiste yoga on my 34th birthday!
I read that your skin regenerates itself every 35 days. I’m not sure if this also applies to your nails and hair, (but they are both just modified skin). It’s been about 6 weeks since I’ve eliminated dairy and gluten… turns out it’s not so bad. I’m seeing hair growth, so that’s very promising. However, pardon my language, but I do feel the need to say it once again: alopecia fucking sucks.
Yesterday I cried for the first time in awhile. For some reason I suddenly missed having long hair. I remembered my dad’s words: if someone asked if you’d trade all of your hair for two healthy babies, you’d do so without thinking twice. Without a doubt. So I gathered myself and snuggled with my healthy babies. I’m very fortunate. I have alopecia areata. I chose to shave my head. I have hair, it’s just not a full head of hair right now. Besides one insensitive comment from a total stranger, I have not been bullied because I have this condition – just the opposite, I’ve felt an abundance of support and love. I think about children/teenagers that struggle with this disease that have alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis. These conditions alone are so difficult and isolating, then throw the cruelty of their peers on top of that. My heart breaks when I think of their pain and suffering. A great non-profit if you are helping a child cope with alopecia: childrensalopeciaproject.org
I’m very new to the blogging world and didn’t know about ‘stats’ – it’s really cool to see the views by country. I don’t have any answers for the best way to treat this condition or how to cope with it, but I will continue to be honest and share my journey in living with alopecia. I wish you all well and hope you always remember that you are not alone. XO