Happy Alopecia Areata Awareness Week! AAAF is so excited to be celebrating our tenth Awareness Week with this amazing community.
This year has brought a lot of reflection and introspection. For AAAF, celebrating our tenth birthday has been very different to how we envisioned. We’ve changed plans, boosted our remote and online support, and had to pause many of our usual events and fundraising activities. Many states have been lucky enough to be able to celebrate Alopecia Areata Awareness Week in person, while others have joined remotely.
These changes, coupled with our tenth birthday, have really brought home how much has changed for AAAF and for our amazing community since we started.
When AAAF first began, the most common question we were asked was “Am I the only person with this condition?”. We consider it one of the greatest signs of success that we no longer hear this.
Alopecia support looks so different now than ten years ago. We have new treatment options in active clinical trials. We have psychological research projects exploring how best to support people with this condition. We have huge improvements on the quality and access to brow tattooing, scalp micropigmentation and huge cultural changes around wig wearing. We have local and online support available around the country, and events attended by 100 kids with alopecia.
Over these ten years, we have a developed a lot of fantastic resources and support tools for you. In fact, this post right now is our 99th published blog article. Here is a quick list of some of our most popular from this blog:
- What NOT to say to someone with alopecia
- Explaining Alopecia for Kids
- Dating with Alopecia
- Handling Comments for Kids
- Advice of raising kids with alopecia, from an ex-kid with alopecia
- Brows, Lashes and Nasal Hair – Alopecia Tips
- Alopecia and Exercise
- Our best video resources
We couldn’t be more proud of our progress, or more excited for our future.
What would you like to see from AAAF or from alopecia support in the future? Leave a comment to let us know!