Head-On, Stories of Alopecia
This collection of personal narratives follows the courageous journeys of over 75 writers as they find their way after being diagnosed with alopecia areata, a hair loss condition that affects over 146 million men, women, and children throughout the world.
What begins as just a small bald spot eventually leads to a diagnosis of a confusing and relatively unknown autoimmune disease. They soon learn there are no reliable cures and that alopecia could possibly last a lifetime. Their discovery of acceptance, adaptability, and finally celebration are intertwined in these thought-provoking inspiring stories and captivating photos.
As they unearth their new identities and reclaim their lives, there is no doubt you will begin to recognize your own distinct ability to tackle any challenge, Head-On.
About Deeann Callis Graham (Bellingham, Washington Author)
Deeann Callis Graham started writing in elementary school. When she wrote an award-winning Halloween essay in the fifth grade, she realized her love of writing and the positive effect it could have on readers.
After college, Deeann set aside her pen to dedicate more time and energy into running a business, having a family, and building a home. She rediscovered the healing power of writing when she had her second bout of alopecia areata. With the complete loss of her hair, her identity also slowly disappeared. Writing enabled Deeann to reclaim who she was, with or without hair, and allowed her to reach out to others with similar stories to create Head-On, Stories of Alopecia.
Deeann calls Skagit Valley home and spends her time working with her husband, Cedar, in their re-purposing/salvage company, constantly reminding her children to pick up after themselves, and trying not to injure herself or teammates while playing competitive volleyball with her slightly disorganized and aging team. Her love of Hawaiian music and strong desire to one day properly learn to hula are small ways she tries to connect with her Hawaiian heritage.