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Alopecia Areata: A Life Journey

August 15, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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Alopecia Areata has taught me a number of things: Life is too short, and with or without hair, life is good and worth living.

When hair starts to thin, and strands fall out, you think maybe it will resolve itself. Sometimes it can just mend itself, but more times than not, it can lead to further medical problems, and this needs to be dealt with.

Alopecia areata caught me off guard. After years of stress and a severe flu plus a chest infection, my body broke down. If you do not look after your body well, including limiting stress and having a healthy diet, you may see your hair start to fall out in lumps. After a year of recovery, and I now have a full head of hair. So what was done to create a recovery?

First, I had to change the way I thought. To me, hairloss was the end of the world. The patches were embarrassing, and I had low self-confidence. My self esteem was taken away. I would look in the mirror day by day and cry. And then I stopped crying and said to myself, “The more you cry,the more you provoke the condition by being stressed with it. Stop it now.” Time was definitely a healer, as with time I grew to accept what the hair loss condition was and deal with it. Upon visiting doctors and a specialist I found out it was definitely alopecia areata. With this condition you lose patches of hair. You normally have quarter-sized patches of hair loss on different parts of the scalp. The treatment starts with medication: A number of creams can be prescribed to you by your doctor. If the creams don’t show any difference after three months, you may need a stronger treatment. The creams in my case helped but not significantly. I wanted to try an organic, natural option so I chose to change my lifestyle, and it is the best thing I could have done.

Changing one’s diet is one of the most important aspects in treating Alopecia areata, in my opinion. Your body needs to take in the right vitamins, proteins and minerals that help hair growth. I personally incorporated much more Vitamin B and C in my diet through foods and vitamin supplements. I have never eaten so many carrots in my life, but this vegetable contains high Vitamin B. I chose to also take Biotin — a vitamin B tablet — taking this four times a day really did help. I noticed a new growth of hair developing quickly. The patches of hair would grow through with little spikes, and I knew the changes were having an effect. Eating fresh salmon every day for lunch helped my body. The fish oil was very important for growth, and washing this down with 2 litres of water a day actually made all the hair I had look healthy and shiny. It almost feels when you see a slight change in hair growth that a miracle has happened.

What got me through my journey though was faith. I remember walking through the park and came across a church, being scared to go in after so many years of not attending I felt guilty for wanting to go pray for help. God gave me the courage that day to face my problems. I went and said a prayer, then cried it all out on the church bench. It may have been the most embarrassing sight, but I needed someone to talk with, and in that moment, God was my help and my friend. I felt I had unleashed a number of problems in my life by seeking help. Through a release like this I was able to look at myself in a better way, change my thoughts, and also get back to making myself fit and attending the gym again. My body circulated good energy, and to this day, it feels full of health.

During this journey I leaned on my family and close friends. At a time of need, my support unit was the best. Never feel bad about asking for help — sometimes you need a helping hand! I am deeply thankful for what life has to offer and look forward to my next journey!

Jeanna Heeraman is a survivor of Alopecia Areata. At 30, she’s the happiest she’s been in a long time, Living through the hair-loss condition inspired her to help others who may be lost or looking for a cure.Get more advice on Alopecia on her website.

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15 responses to Alopecia Areata: A Life Journey
  1. I am so happy for you that your body is feeling better. You are so brave that you shared your story. It will help give someone else going through this hope.

  2. Thanks for such social platform which give us variety of idea to explore ourself technically .This exposure give

    benefits to everyone to fit or to surive in global market which is very essential in the global era.

  3. Just beautiful ,! Honord’
    A’blessing for our hearts,

    Thank you,

    Alexander

  4. Glad you are doing better and thanks for sharing the story. How much biotin did you take daily, and are you still doing that?

  5. Had no idea about the carrots. I have hair thinning on the crown. Do you think juicing carrots is more beneficial? I would also like to know how much biotin you took.

  6. Thanks for the story I was Diagnosed with Alopecia Areata when I was 20, that first little patch triggered a complete hair loss and by my 21st bday I wore a hat to hide my bald head. It took 6 months before I saw any growth but it all came back. Now at 32 I’ve gotten a few patches here and there but none like that first time.

  7. You can definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
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  8. Generally, hair loss in patches signifies alopecia areata. Alopecia areata typically presents with sudden hair loss causing patches to appear on the scalp or other areas of the body. If left untreated, or if the disease does not respond to treatment, complete baldness can result in the affected area, which is referred to as alopecia totalis. When the entire body suffers from complete hair loss, it is referred to as alopecia universalis. It is similar to the effects that occur with chemotherapy…”

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  9. Generally, hair loss in patches signifies alopecia areata. Alopecia areata typically presents with sudden hair loss causing patches to appear on the scalp or other areas of the body. If left untreated, or if the disease does not respond to treatment, complete baldness can result in the affected area, which is referred to as alopecia totalis.

  10. Just started with Alopecia Areata .. Lost 80% of my hair. I thought I ate healthy exercised daily. Became a Zumba Instructor. Unfortunately eat the proper foods to maintain what I was losing by exercising.. My iron became below 7. Stress was very difficult thing for the last three years for me. The end result was taking showers and clumps of hair is falling out. Scared it will never grow back again. Started eating red meat again and stop exercising for a while to destress my body. I am in a doctor’s care which has put me on Zoloft and Xanax. Self-esteem embarrassment now that I have to wear a wig is a very difficult thing for me to do. hopefully realizing that I need to destress myself and not worry too much about things hoping that my hair grows back. Just plain scared if there’s any help you can give me please. Thank you

  11. I have had alopecia universalis for over 10 years. While I am happy your hair has grown back, not everyone can fix their alopecia. I have ate extremely healthy diet my entire life, avoiding chemicals and junk and focusing on vegetables, nuts, fish, etc. I exercise daily, meditate daily and do yoga. I have a very active life. Still, hair fell out and i doubt it will return. Not everyone’s alopecia is curable!

  12. My teenage daughter came out of the shower one day and showed me a well defined hairless spot the size of quarter. I remembered seeing the same on a work colleague. He had it close 6 month before he recovered. When I approached him with my daughter’s condition he guided me through a few steps that had to be carried out. First I was told to consult a dermatologist and carry out a skin biopsy. As soon as the biopsy confirmed that my daughter was affected by Alopecia Areata, I was told to get a treatment called PRO ALOPECIATA from http://www.curespotbaldness.com. Although I was skeptical my colleague gave me the confidence that it would work as he had personally undergone the treatment and it has shown results. Fortunately by the 4th week of treatment my daughter came to me saying the spot is almost unnoticeable. It was a big relieve as we were told that Alopecia Areata could sometimes result in total hair loss. I have to be very thankful to my colleague who had stood by and shared his experience because otherwise I would never thought of using this treatment.

  13. during alopecia best treatment is bio hair treatment

  14. Bio hair treatment provides every type of hair loss solution like alopecia, harmonal changes,

  15. i am 17 years old and i was diagnosed with alopecia 2 years ago. I also have made a complete life change both diet and physically and it has made a WORLD of a difference. Although, as soon as i got off of it, all my patches fell right back out and i became discouraged. Do you have any advise as to how I can get myself back in the “groove” of happy and healthy again? Im glad to hear someone also agrees that being healthy is part of the solution, not just treatment.