Robert’s Recovery Photos
Before Alopecia Universalis - Several months prior to the rapid onset of Alopecia Universalis. The first sign was a dime-sized bald patch on the back of my head noticed by a co-worker. It was perplexing, but not of much concern. Within a few months I had lost all of the hair over my entire body and the shocking reality of Alopecia Universalis had arrived. My eyebrows were the slowest to go at about the 6 month mark.During Alopecia Universalis - Approximately 15 years into Alopecia Universalis. Throughout that time I became numb to kind platitudes of family and friends telling me things like: ‘its only hair’ and ‘you look good bald’ and ‘it could be worse.’ The point for me was that I never chose to be bald. I was bald because I had disease. This disease was constantly raging in the cells of my body resulting in a chronic and widespread inflammatory fire throughout the largest organ of my body – my skin. And aside from the most obvious symptom of hair loss, there were other complications.
July 29, 2010 - Big changes are coming after almost 20 years with Alopecia Universalis. August 24, 2010 - Eyebrows and facial hair returning rapidly. Body hair returning as well. September 3, 2010 - All hair returning at an incredible rate after nearly 20 years with AU. A high percentage of facial hair and body hair has regrown, although hair density is incomplete as seen by some light areas which remain in the beard and elsewhere. September 22, 2010 - Less than 8 weeks to complete recovery. Regrowth is nearly complete. Eyebrows and eyelashes are still filling in. Related conditions of photosensitivity (solar urticaria) and widespread arthritis have completely disappeared with the remission of Alopecia Universalis…demonstrating just how much more than the cosmetic ‘hair’ is affected by the autoimmune disease . January 31, 2011 - 6 months later AU is a bad memory. and I’m enjoying my freedom from Alopecia Universalis AND related manifestations of the autoimmune disease.
June 18, 2011 - Approaching 1 year. Though I was never big on beards, I decide to get wild and crazy despite the summer heat to highlight the extent of my recovery.