What is Alopecia Areata?


The picture above is the last picture I took before lost all of my hair. Ironically, these were family photos. I believe I was 6 years old at the time. You can tell that my hair was beginning to fall out and I was still smiling. As I looked through my medical documentation yesterday, sadness completely overwhelmed me. Reading the documentation made me think about everything that I went through before this picture even occurred. In this picture I had no clue exactly what was in store for me and my life.  I was an innocent little girl who loved her family. I am going to refer to this picture over the next few blogs.

So what is Alopecia? (Of course this is something you can Google, but in true form, I want to start from the beginning!)

In short, Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks the hair follicles causing hair loss.

About 10% of people with this condition may never regrow hair.  People are more likely to have permanent hair loss if they:

  • Have a family history of the condition.
  • Have the condition at a young age or for longer than 1 year (My case).
  • Have another autoimmune disease.
  • Are prone to allergies.
  • Have extensive hair loss..
  • Have abnormal color, shape, texture, or thickness of the fingernails or toenails.

A hospital stay due to pneumonia is likely what triggered Alopecia for me. I have been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata Totalis (Total scalp hair loss).  I have had it since I was about 6 years old.  Although my hair has grown back on two occasions,  I have been without hair on my scalp since I was in high school.

Please see more information about Alopecia Areata at www.naaf.org.

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Next Blog: So It Begins. The Pneumonia Story



The Color Run

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Please enjoy our memories.  As I will state in the video below, I was very disappointed in myself that I was not courageous enough to complete the run without my hair.  Our team was running in the name of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.  However, we had a wonderful time and are still laughing and cherishing the videos and pictures.

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Restating the purpose

In reality, it takes me at least an entire day to muster up the courage to actually hit “post”.  I know that this will get easier and as I continue, I will become empowered to share and continue to share my story.

Since I am posting on several social media outlets, I wanted to take the time to back up and share what I posted on my website (www.tstanciel.com) regarding the purpose of this blog.

For me, it all began with having Alopecia Areata.  You may not know what this is now, but as you continue on this journey with me today and the days to come, you will learn to know what it is.  You will learn how something that seems so simple has heavily influenced my life as well as the actions of those I trusted to protect me as a child, a teenager and an adult. Today as an adult, while to the naked eye, I have overcame every stage of life changes and traumas, I have not reached true acceptance or freedom.  As I embark upon this journey, I hope my journey to be strong and be me; helps you to be BE STRONG and BE YOU.

See you in my next post! I think it’s going to be a video!

Be Strong, Be You,







Note from the Author

It is important for me to inform you, as a reader, much of what I will discuss will be eye-opening and in some cases, jaw dropping and revealing.  Information will be discussed in a tasteful manner.  In instances where my stories could be hurtful to others (Which I shouldn’t really care, but my heart says to), I will protect the innocent by changing the names when needed.  Again, this is my life, my story, from my perspective.  -Tanisha C. Stanciel

A New Beginning…Again

You have probably opened this and wondered, what could possibly be so important with her life that she would publicize it to possibly the entire world?!  

To answer you, I want to first say THANK YOU for your support as I embark upon a journey for myself, which will in return, I hope empowers many people who deal with both the struggles and triumphs of this thing called life.  It has taken me two months to have the courage to begin typing.  So many thoughts have gone through my head:

What will my family think of this?

How will this affect me professionally?

How will my friends feel as they read this?

Will I reach the goals I set for myself throughout this process?

Yes, as you see in my pictures right now, I have all of this “hair” so what is the problem?!?!?!  The problem is my “hair” has become  my security blanket.  Without it, I feel inferior to those around me.  I have allowed something so “simple” to have significant control over my life.

As I share my story, I am going to open up about my past and present with Alopecia Areata.  I am using this because it seems to be the foundation of many of my own self-esteem issues, had the ability to hold me back from my own dreams or was stated to be the reason I was treated poorly by many people in my life.  I will tell you now, it is not pretty.  Be prepared to see pictures, hear videos and experience all of my successes alongside of me as I make it to my goal of pure content and happiness within myself.  I hope sharing my story, helps you as a supporter feel empowered to share yours.

Be Strong, Be You