I have been in my job for two years, but some of the people I have known for over twenty! I lost most of my hair 25 years ago and it grew back. This time though I have been unable to diguise it and resorted to wearing a wig at the beginning of February. Some colleagues know what has been happening, most didn't. I say didn't because this week I decided I wasn't going to spend my working day through the summer in a wig, it already getting warmer. I went public. Firstly I shaved off the little remaining hair I had and then I spoke to the HR department. Below is the email I circulated. Short and to the point. I have had an amazing response from people. It restored my faith in humanity! People that didn't know me can now stop wondering and asking questions. I can get on with my life on my terms. I still wear it going to and from work, but during the day I can wear it or not and not worry about it.
Some of you have seen me around the site in the past couple of months with a new hair-do. Well for those of you that have not realised, I have been wearing a wig.
My hair started falling out in patches some time ago. By November 2009, regrowth had stopped and the patches all started joining up. By early Jan 2010 I needed to start covering my head. My wig (and new best friend) arrived in early Feb.
My alopecia is not caused by having treatment for an illness. It is thought to be caused by my auto immune system going into overdrive. Instead of fighting the baddies in my body it is fighting itself. So I need to add to my list of allergies that my body is allergic to my hair!
So far I have had great support from people on site and thought it only right that I warn you that as the weather gets warmer you may see me around without my wig on. It is already starting to warm up! This weekend I shaved the little remaining hair that I had, so if you were not expecting to see it you would have been shocked.