My Alopecia Journey began many years ago, when I was 15 years old, in Year 10 at High School. I was in the Drama Club, and one evening as we prepared for a performance, someone styling my hair exclaimed: “Oh look , you have a little bald spot right at the back of your head !” A few people laughed, including me, and I didn’t give it much thought, as it stayed the same for about 2 years.
During Year 12, however, a few more little patches appeared, and in the year after I left school, those few little patches became many little patches, which joined together to become big patches, and I could no longer hide them with careful styling.
I wore hats and scarves to hide my patchy scalp, and struggled terribly with anxiety and depression.
During that time, there were many lies I told myself and believed about myself and my future.
Now, I am 43 years old, and my life is far different than I had expected it would be. Here are 10 of those lies and 10 of the truths that have replaced them.