California Teen Does Her Senior Project on Alopecia

Lindsay Adams was a senior at Nevada Valley High School last May when she was invited to write as a special correspondent for about her experience as an alopecian. Here is a selection from her piece:

At a time in a child’s life when “fitting in” is of utmost importance, and appearance is really that by which your peers judge you, losing your hair can be devastating.

When a person is just beginning to develop who they are and deciding what they want to be in life, losing hair seems like losing your identity.

What 12-year-old girl has the confidence and self-esteem to lose half the hair on her head and still “fit in” with the other kids at school?

Well, when I was a seventh-grade student at Seven Hills Middle School, all those feelings, concerns and challenges came into focus for me.

It was precisely at that time that I was diagnosed with Alopecia, an autoimmune disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and, for some people, the entire body……

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