Girl Scout in Canada Bravely Deals with Alopecia

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It was about a year ago this week that Helen Rose first noticed a little bald spot on her daughter’s head while parting her hair down the middle.

Upon closer look, she realized that nine-year-old Victoria had extensive hair loss on the back of her head, too.

The patches of baldness were initially covered by her long, thick brown hair that grew from the top. But the remaining strands soon fell out as well.

An appointment with a doctor the next day at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where Rose works as an administrative assistant, confirmed what she had researched on the Internet.

Victoria was diagnosed with alopecia, an unpredictable autoimmune disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

“The way we explain it to kids is that the body is allergic to its hair,” said Rose, whose goal is to educate as many people on her daughter’s condition.

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