I first noticed my alopecia in Sept 2012. Fast forward to Dec 1, 2013, and I have lost all but a 1 inch strip of hair on the top of my head. I have a head full of regrowth, not too long ( A few inches), but still regrowing. In the last week, I have noticed probably 4 little finger tip size spots of baldness again. I have come to terms that I am starting this process over. This has been devastating for me because I have held out so much hope that I would get that beautiful head of hair back that I so adored for 26 years of my life. My most favorite physical feature... second being my eyelashes, which I am losing as well. The hardest part about all of this has been accepting that there is nothing I can do about it, it is out of my control. My friends don't understand the whole idea of alopecia. They say "Well, just go back to the doctor." Well, I have been to numerous doctors and they all say the same thing.... "It's going to do what it wants. There is nothing you can do." I am helpless. They say, "Well, what causes it??" So many inexplicable notions. It's going to target who it wants, and you have no control. I am not trying to gain anything by posting this, I just know that I can write these words and I have people here who will understand.