In the ever-evolving narrative of alopecia, a noticeable shift has occurred. Once rooted in the empowering realm of self-acceptance, the conversation now centers around the "promising" developments in alopecia treatments. While these advancements offer a glimmer of hope, I believe we should still tread carefully and maintain a balance between progress and the pursuit of self-acceptance.
The discovery of new alopecia treatments undeniably brings a sense of optimism into the community. It's only natural to feel a surge of hope with the prospect of transformative solutions. However, my caution remains. The shift from self-acceptance to a focus on treatments prompts questions, concerns, and considerations that merit our attention.
There is a big difference between "treatments" and "cures." Are these treatments genuinely transformative in the long run, or do they offer only a temporary fix?
What are the potential long-term side effects that may accompany these treatments?
What happens if one discontinues these treatments for medical or financial reasons? Will the results be reversed? Or are individuals signing up for a lifetime dependency on these treatments?
Then there is the financial aspect. Alopecia treatments, like Olumiant, come at a steep price, $5,244.00 for a 30-day supply! The significant financial investment raises ethical questions about accessibility and affordability. Will these treatments be accessible to everyone, or will financial constraints act as barriers to transformation for some?
As these treatments keep coming, I think it is important that we retain a sense of control over our choices.
I firmly believe that the quest for self-acceptance remains important. There is still the 'now' and 'in the meantime' that need to be dealt with. Whether a treatment or cure is on the horizon or not, the importance of continuing to seek self-acceptance is something we should continue to pursue.
I fear a run for solely a treatment can put an end to the pursuit of self-acceptance, which could be devastating if any of the above scenarios were to happen. My real quest is to be okay whether my hair grows back or not.
As we think about the evolving advances of alopecia treatments and the delicate dance with self-acceptance, I ask you to share your perspective: What does self-acceptance mean to you in the context of embracing potential transformative treatments? How do you strike a balance between the progress of treatments and maintaining a sense of self-acceptance?
I stand in the middle, feeling uncomfortable and compelled to speak. These are my concerns when I sit and hear the conversation in support groups, online, and elsewhere.