My first bout with Alopecia was about 8 months after the death of my father. I just turned 10 years old. We were still living in the old country, and I was treated with novocaine injections under my scalp in the area affected. Within 6 weeks, this new hair resembling a rough brush was growing like crazy.
Fast forward to 1972. In 1970 we came to the States with our mother, an American citizen. It was tough not knowing the language, not having the many friends we left behind, trying to be assimilated into the American multi-cultural melting pot. Maybe because of all the stress, my Alopecia returned and within 2 years I have lost the hair on my entire body: Alopecia Universalis. Need I say how I felt being a young woman (21) and looking in the mirror? But I never gave up on anything, especially life and, I had an absolutely amazing life, experiences and travels like some people would only dream of.
Fast forward to 2022. Most of us were stressed by the pandemic. By this time, I was already retired. To escape the loneliness, I got a full-time job. My son was attending college and working as a server in a local restaurant. I followed the news about the vaccines and wasn't happy with what I've seen. I decided not to get vaccinated but my son continued to insist that I get the vaccine due to the fact that he works with so many people and may bring the virus to me, one day. He and his girlfriend must have been the first in line when Pfizer announced the availability of the vaccine. And again first in line for the second shot, although my son war pretty ill after both shots and still got the virus just around Christmas 2021. I spoke with a very close friend who happens to be a medical doctor and we decided to take ONLY the first Moderna vaccine which would give us a coverage of 82-84%. That was in May 2021 and three months after the vaccine I started having health issues I never had before: painful joints, bursitis, rashes, under-skin tingling, leg cramps, etc.
The boosters are now coming out and my son is the first line, again. When it was his turn, the vaccine administrator informed him that they ran out of Pfizer but have Moderna which can be used without any problems. And my son accepted to take the Moderna booster. This was December 1st, 2021. In February 2022 my son decided to cut his hair short. Within 2 months of that haircut, my son has lost all his hair and was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. Please tell me what you think?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
And yes, bald is beautiful. God put hair on all heads but he took the most beautiful ones and let them be.