My name is Jason. I am 40 years old and live in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. I have had alopecia universalis for 5 years.
I first noticed my hair loss after my wife left me and we were going through a divorce. I noticed that my left eyebrow and eye lashes were disappearing at an alarming rate, then several bald patches appeared all over my head. Around 6 to 8 months after, I lost all of my hair from my body.
I was mortified and frightened at the same time, particularly when family and friends started to notice. I found I could no longer make eye contact with people as I hated my appearance and did not know how to deal with it. Alopecia then quickly became a more stressful experience than the divorce itself.
My GP prescribed me with a lotion for my eyebrow but I quickly discovered that it would do no good as I was then losing hair all over. Then I did not go back, typical bloke you might say, as I hit the lowest spot in my life and hid away from everyone.
The biggest struggle for me, by far, was watching the transformation in my appearance and being powerless to do anything about it. I hid from family and friends and even left the job I loved because I struggled to face my customers.
However, things have got better for me and I have now come to terms with my alopecia. Being with my new wife to be has helped a lot. She loves me, the me without hair, and this had really helped me to cope. Starting a new job with new people who only know my current appearance has also helped my confidence.
I remind myself that one of the positives to being a man with alopecia is the small fortune I save on razors!
My advice to anyone who is struggling with alopecia is not to hide away as I did. Family and friends can help so much with coming to terms with alopecia. It has taken my five years to finally accept my hair loss and I hope that by sharing my story I can help others who may be feeling the way I used to feel and show them that things can get better.