US Rep Ayanna Pressley Announces Diagnosis of Alopecia

Jan 17, 2020

On January 16, Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) published a video on The Root in which she compellingly described the physical and emotional toll of her own alopecia areata, and how it affected her as a woman and a legislator. 

The video concluded on a note of personal strength and self-acceptance as she confided, “I like myself … So I think that means I’m on my way.” We commend Representative Pressley for this bold step which we believe will greatly increase awareness of this disease. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest developments about this story and anything else affecting the alopecia areata community, and share widely with all of your followers as well.

The impact from the announcement was immediate with the congresswoman’s video being the centerpiece of features on Good Morning America, both WGZ and Fox 25 News in Boston, and coverage in the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, BBC, Slate, and other news sites. NAAF was contacted by multiple news outlets as the story broke, and we wish to thank our Boston-area Legislative Liaisons and Support Group Leaders like Chrissa Kaselis and Christine Wigandt for making themselves available on short notice and being such powerful on-air spokespeople. NAAF has been in communication with the congresswoman’s office to offer support and thank her for this display of courage and compassion, and hope this can lead to a fruitful relationship for many years to come.

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