Since this is my first post on how I cope with alopecia areata (AA) I just wanted to let you all know who I am and what I hope to achieve with this blog! I realize it might not get too popular, but I want to do my best to help young girls cope with AA so that they can still feel beautiful and realize that hair is superficial! :)
My name is Samantha Davis and I was diagnosed with AA when I was 10 years old. I'm currently 20 years old and a junior at the University of Kentucky. I'm majoring in psychology, with a double minor in math and family sciences. I am a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, have been a competitive cheerleader since I was 8, and I compete in pageants. I am currently Miss Moore County USA 2013, and I will be competing in Miss North Carolina USA in November! I am super excited, and hope to get AA more publicized in order to help find a cure.
As I said before, I was diagnosed with AA at 10 years old. 10 years old is a pivotal time for young girls, because they are trying to figure out who they really are. It was really hard for me to cope with this, and I hated it when everyone would stare at me. At 10 years old I had over 70% hair loss. I saw doctors after doctors and they finally diagnosed me. Luckily today, I have 25-35% hair loss.
In later posts, I hope to post tips for AA, different treatments, and other miscellaneous things to help girls feel beautiful without all of their hair. I hope that this will give girls a way to talk about their worries and to improve their confidence.
PS: Happy Belated Fourth of July!
PSS: I will be setting up an email account in a few days, so that girls can email me if they want to talk privately!