A much-heard refrain amongst people who have lost their hair – either all or some – to Alopecia Areata is that they have come to terms with it. Rarely, however, does someone say that they embraced it from day one.
But Sarrah Ludwig, a female football player in the US, is an exception to the rule. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, she confidently states that she has accepted her hair loss ever since it first struck when she was just three.
From the very beginning, she says, she has refused to wear wigs or cover up her baldness, thought to be from Alopecia Universalis, in any way. “Honestly, I have embraced every second of it and I would not change anything,” she says.
Today, she plays Division 1 soccer for Valparaiso University in Indiana and is one of their star players, having slotted home the winning goal in a crucial match last season.
‘Take me as I am’
Sarrah’s “take me as I am” approach to her hair loss is a remarkable and little-heard one, as Alopecia Areata typically knocks people for six when they find that they have the condition. There aren’t usually any clues as to who, how or when it may strike, and many understandably find the patchy (or sometimes more severe) hair loss that comes with it very difficult to deal with.
Sarrah, however, says that she has “never dealt with any negativity toward it. If people want to make fun of me or stare, that’s on them. I’m going to embrace every second of it. That’s who I am.”
Alopecia Areata is classified as an autoimmune disorder. In a nutshell, it happens when the body turns on the hair follicles and starts to attack them.
Many people with the condition first notice it when a coin-sized bald patch appears somewhere on their scalp; while it sometimes extends no further than this, in other cases it can spread – often rapidly.
Within a year, up to 70 per cent of people with Alopecia Areata will experience regrowth of their lost hair, but things can also be given a helping hand.
In some instances a bespoke alopecia areata treatment course that utilises high strength minoxidil, a topical preparation which has produced significant regrowth for many Belgravia clients, can be beneficial.
For the more severe variations of Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis treatment options are currently not only limited but also largely unsuccessful, although trials are on-going to hopefully remedy this soon. Cures of a more instantaneous nature are being sought both by medical companies who anticipate a big market for such a drug, and by those who have the condition and want to get rid of it.
One of the worst parts of having Alopecia Areata, say many, is the not knowing if it will linger, spread, quickly reverse on its own, or even go away then recur. Sarrah’s brave and inspiring approach to such a highly visible condition – while admirable – is certainly not one that is easily adopted by many.
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