Happy Canada Day – Freedom from Alopecia Areata
Canada’s geography is vast and diverse.
The alopecia areata community is vast and diverse; we are global and united most predominantly by a diagnosis.
I was born and raised on the Canadian Prairie, whose beauty is in the subtlety of its open horizon. It was on the Prairie that I was first diagnosed with alopecia areata, and in those wide-open spaces that I began to form a perspective on the loss of my hair, without the support of my community.
I have lived on the Pacific Coast of Canada for almost two decades. It’s beauty is overt, in its mountains and oceanside. It is on this Coast that I have come full circle – found another wide-open space – and watched my young daughter’s hair catch the ocean breeze.
And it is through Global Alopecia Mission that I have rounded another circle, not only finding the whole of my community, but the voice and determination to demand a comprehensive understanding of both the symptom of hair loss and the disease alopecia areata. This is a goal worthy of my contribution.
As the Executive Director of GAM Canada, I know that a national community exists because I have heard the larger global voice. I have stepped forward to inspire and represent the Canadian community, as we speak loudly – and collectively – of the impact of this disease and our desire for research, treatment, and a cure.
So on July 1st, I am celebrating Canada’s birthday. I am proud to be Canadian, proud to want a cure for a disease, and proud to speak openly about the need for exclusive alopecia areata research.
I am challenging my community – national and global – to raise their voices to demand Freedom from Alopecia Areata by participating in GAM’s July Money Bomb and finalizing efforts for an historic event, GAM’s Research Roundtable. Never before have experts from all fields and disciplines gathered together, supported by dozens of research institutions and universities, to map out a cohesive plan for the future of alopecia areata research. Never, until now.
Let’s make history in July 2012! Let’s proudly – and loudly – put our names to the Global Alopecian Declaration of Independence!
Jana Buhlmann, Executive Director GAM Canada
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