One of the hardest things about living with alopecia is that not many people actually know what alopecia is. Amanda found this out the hard way when her hair started falling out and all people would do is point, stare and make harsh comments towards her; no one understood what she was going through and why she was losing her hair.
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease which causes the white blood cells in your body to attack hair follicles, leading to hair loss. It is a common misconception that alopecia is a serious medical condition and someone who is losing their hair in this way must be very sick. The truth is, however, that those suffering from alopecia do all the same things that people without alopecia do – they just do it in a wig! Amanda has come to terms with her hair loss is now one of these people who live very normal lives despite their alopecia.
Alopecia in the media is great because not only does it raise awareness, but gives alopecia sufferers a chance to share their story. Amanda used social media to share with friends and relatives about her alopecia and we know of many others who have done the same, helping them to be 'free of the burden'. We hope this story helps others too!