I've been living with alopecia for around 12 years, and while hair loss may not seem like an instance of chronic pain to some, let me tell you... it can be. I wanted to offer a word of inspiration for anyone who has alopecia and is unsure of how to deal with it... be comfortable with who you are. I was unbelievably self-conscious about my hair loss; for years I wouldn't even leave the house without a hat. Then I began to realize that other people noticed it far less than I imagined them to. And even when they did notice, it didn't effect how they treated me. So if you're living with alopecia, don't worry too much about it, it's only as limiting as you let it be.
P.S. Get a warm winter hat!
Published On: February 09, 2007