Alopecia and the New School Year

Happy new year! A new school year is just around the corner. Many families will be prepping for the usual concerns – being sure to have the right books, enough pens, and shoes sturdy enough to (hopefully) make it through the whole year.

For families living with alopecia, the new school year can have some extra considerations. Whether you’ve had alopecia for years, or have experienced hair loss over the holidays; whether you’re heading into a new year at the same school or have made a big transition, we hope this article can be a helpful guide. The new school year doesn’t have to be stressful, and there is a lot you can do to set up for a good term.

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Handling Questions – Alopecia Tips for Kids

Have you ever been asked a question about your alopecia? How did it make you feel?

Sometimes questions can be okay. Other times, it can be annoying or upsetting, and you may not want to answer.

Why do people ask questions about your hair?

Lots of people have Alopecia Areata. Yet some people don’t know much about this condition. Some people may have never even heard of it. People might ask about your hair because they don’t understand and are curious.

Sometimes, people think that the hair loss is caused by something else. They might ask specific questions, like “Do you have cancer?”. In this case, people might be asking because they feel worried about or concern for you.

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My Alopecia Journey – Sarah’s Story

April 2019

Sarah Chiodo (1)Hi. My name is Sarah. I am 6 years old. Last year, when I started school, my Mum and Dad noticed a small patch of hair missing on the top of my head. I thought maybe I had knocked it on the Monkey Bars because I play on the Monkey Bars at school all the time. A couple of months later, another patch appeared near the first one so we went to the doctors to get them checked out. That’s when I was sent to see a dermatologist and I was told I had Alopecia Areata.

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My Alopecia Story – Siarrah

Siarrah Kani (2)My name is Siarrah; I’m 13 years old, 14 next week. I am a proud recipient of the AAAF sponsorship program and I would like to share my Alopecia story.

My rollercoaster started when I was 2 years of age. Obviously, I was too young to understand the journey I was about to take but I was lucky to have a family who held my hand and travelled my journey with me.

I was living in Bargara Qld at the age of 2 all my hair disappeared. The next 12 months was a journey on its own trying to work out why my hair fell out. Once I was diagnosed with Alopecia the awareness and acceptance journey started. Mum contacted the local paper who published an article on “Alopecia Awareness” and this was the start of my acceptance towards my condition. My story was always about being Bald and Beautiful, I was well known not only for my hair loss but my beautiful smile. At the age of 6 we moved to Yeppoon, mum organised a Crazy Hat Day at my new school to create Alopecia awareness, this also helped being accepted in a new school.

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