My friend has been crying and stressing for the past few days, and only today told me why. His son of eight (my friend is 30) is showing symptoms of Alopecia, which is defined as loss of hair on the body and/or head, and it’s affecting my friend so much. He’s blaming himself, thinking he must be a terrible father for this to have happened, and I don’t know what to do. I want to hug him and tell him it’s not his fault, but he’s pushing me away. How do I help someone who’s in so much more pain than me? I won’t know his pain, I don’t have any kids yet, but it is so heart wrenching for me to read his messages…I was almost crying when he first told me and I googled it… I’ve made a vow with myself that I’ll shave my hair this Australia Crazy Hair Day, November 23rd, during Alopecia Awareness Week, to help raise funds for research into this illness that affects anyone at any age. Because its not just children stuggling with the loss of hair and the bullying and self esteem struggles that go with it, it’s also teenagers and adults. This is one thing I can do to help support my friend and his son. If shaving my head gives them hope, I’m fine with that. Because while my hair grows back, his never will.