Today marks 12 years from the day that I found my first bald spot. I distinctly remember being 14 and my mother was blowdrying my hair when she found the dime sized patch.
A year followed of doctor's dismissals, then creams, then cortisone injections before I quit all treatments. By Nov 27 the following year I was nearly bald and began wearing a wig within a month. I was completely bald all over within the new year.
I have never had regrowth beyond maybe a tiny patch that lasts a month. It is amazing how used to my baldness I have gotten. I do wear a wig daily, but at home my reflection no longer brings the tears that it did as a young teenager. I am who I am, hair or no hair.
For anyone who is new to this disease, I hope you can find peace as well. It DOES get easier if you make the choice to love yourself.