Our Stories

Please find inspiration from the collection of stories and photos from our NAAF community. Explore how others have come to terms with being a parent of a child with alopecia areata, being an adult with alopecia areata or being a young person with alopecia areata.


The Back of The Bus

These Kids Willed Me to Succeed When I grew up in Canada, unaware of the true meaning of those words and the heroism of Rosa Parks, I sat at the back of the bus. I initially lost my hair at the back of my head. I was a young teenager. I was shy and this terrible unknown condition just pushed me further into hiding – to the back of the bus, to the back of the movie theatres, to the back of the...Read more

Slip Ends

It was a Tuesday. I was 15 years old, and like every Tuesday, I would go to the doctor, receive my treatment, and then go home. On that particular Tuesday, however, something different occurred. I didn’t follow my normal routine. It was a strange day for me. I had that routine memorized like the back of my hand, but that Tuesday was the day it all changed. I sat in the waiting room of the doctor’...Read more

Gina's Spots

My Spiritual Journey Hello to all my fellow alopecia areata friends. My name is Bob. I noticed in some previous newsletters that some people developed alopecia areata during their junior year in high school. Since I did, too, I thought I’d tell my story. In the summer before my junior year, I developed alopecia areata. A friend’s sister noticed that I had a bald spot about the size of a dime, and...Read more

I am Not Willing to Give Up Hope

My beacon of hope came in the form of a wig My name is Samantha Berlin, I am a 19 year old sophomore in college, and I have alopecia areata. I have had alopecia areata since I was seven years old, have gone into remission three times, and then the alopecia areata came back the summer before my freshman year of college. It started out slow, like the other three times I had a bout of alopecia:...Read more

Moving On

My Story “It’s just hair.” I was getting really tired of hearing that. People kept telling me, “It will grow back, don’t be so negative, besides you can’t even notice it.” Maybe they were trying to keep my spirits high, but it did little to comfort me. My hair had fallen out in the usual bald patches over the past six years, beginning when I turned 30. It always grew back. But in my heart I knew...Read more