So, for the sake of this blog, AA has nothing to do with alcohol dependency. AA around here is Alopecia Areata.
I blog about it some, but not a whole lot.
It's an auto-immune disease that I have, where my body attacks my own hair follicles, and sometimes makes my hair fall out.
For the most part, I've been very lucky.
I've had some RATHER large patches where I've lost large amounts of hair. When my hair starts to fall out, I get big round bald spots.
The largest one I had was between the size of a baseball & the size of a softball. It was on the back lower left side of my head. I had to wear a low ponytail for over a year to cover the spot until the hair started growing back in.
There are some other things that can happen with AA too...
...you can lose all of the hair on your head.
...you can get AA spots where your hair will fall out on other parts of your body.
...you can lose ALL of the body hair you have everywhere (eyebrows, eyelashes...everywhere.)
...the hair can grow back in, but white. It loses its pigment forever.
So far, I've had spots just on my head....they come & go, meaning that the hair so far has always grown back in.
...but now..... Now I have a spot about the size.....about as big as 1.5 golf balls. It's been there.....for a long time. Months & months. The hair would not grow, would not grow....very frustrating. A few days ago, I reached back there, and I can feel new growth. But, I can hardly see it in the mirror. That's because---it's white. Like, somehow almost clear, but white. Very fine, old-lady-white hair.
Fuck Calgon---I need Clairol to take me away!!!!
So, this officially dictates to me, that I will never be a silver haired old lady. I will color, color, color until I die I think.
I don't want a white stripe down my hair!
....or, maybe I do. It can be my "racing stripe"!!!
Okay....so there's a little bit about me.
If you want to know more about Alopecia Areata, you can go to www.naaf.org
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