Author Archives: Angela De Franceschi
STELLA Hammet was just four years old when her hair started falling out.
The 13-year-old from Carnegie has alopecia, an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. There is no cure. Read more
Christos Kyrgios talks to us about what it was like growing up having Alopecia since he was 5 years old. He meets a young Alopecia sufferer, Omar Abdo, through Instagram. When the two meet at the French Open tennis tournament to watch Christos’ brother Nick Kyrgios play, Omar is inspired to take his hat and wig off for the first time in over a decade. Omar emotionally shares with us the impact this meeting had on his life and how inspired he is now after spending two days with Christos. This is a heartwarming and inspirational story about self actualisation and the understanding that your mind can be your worst enemy as well as your greatest asset.
Angela Christiano PhD is a professor of Molecular Dermatology at Columbia University who studies inherited skin and hair disorders. She has recently discovered the genes implicated in alopecia areata, the hair-loss disorder that she herself suffers from.