Bald patch happened! Much surprise and dread at first recognition. My partner saw it, then gently asked me if I'd noticed it. My initial reaction was, "I can handle this," very brave. I said, I wonder if this is all over, and tugged at a fistful. Laughs from my partner. Then, "No, no, stop doing that!" That night, anxiety interacted with deep breaths and a visualization. Head comfortable on its pillow, my body experienced shock, vanity, fear. My ego felt suddenly frail, its self-knowledge certainty diminished. I thought I did a good job taking care of myself, and this bald patch shows me that my body needs something different.
My doctor says my particular form of hair loss is named alopecia areata. Medical News Today identifies alopecia areata as an autoimmune situation that can manifest in a few days with recovery just as spontaneous. It happens because the "body's immune system attacks hair follicles" (Mayo Clinic). The Mayo Clinic references a study that suggests a blend of lavender, rosemary, thyme, and cedar wood essential oils as a remedy to promote hair growth. One of my health practitioners told me that lavender, rosemary, and thyme are nature's astringents. The extracts clean the area, thereby helping the body to help itself. She encourages a therapeutic-grade oil because it's safest for the skin and told me to always mix drops of the oil with a base, such as coconut or grapeseed oil.
I thought that maybe I'm feeling too much stress, maybe I need to change something. That Medical News Today article says there's little evidence to support stress as a cause for alopecia areata, but I mean -- come on! -- it can't make it better, either. What is going to help the situation? Well, what I've found helpful with this experience has been the support I've received from my partner and the health practitioners in my area. When I felt really low, I asked for help and they helped me in their respective fashions. It's impossible to fulfill complete connection and we can experience it in greater and greater components of time. That's the journey. We aren't ever complete and yet we pursue complete connection. It's how life must function.
4/4/16 Added alternative text for the pictures. Wrote a caption for the first picture because I don't know whether the alien needs attribution.
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