I’m Featured!

Today, I am officially featured in the Ventura Boulevard magazine with their article here. In January, I got interviewed by the magazine, and two weeks later I did a photoshoot. Most of my quotes detailing the feeling of my Q&A with Ryan Shazier and my outlook towards being “afflicted” (big air quotes there) with alopecia showed up there, as well as my parents’ views about me. All in all, it was a great story to run (I may be a bit biased here) and I’m grateful for the publicity.

Updates

Since I haven’t been posting in a while (and I mean a while) I thought it would be fitting to catch you up on the major events so far.

Spelling Bee

I made it to the spelling bee once again and lost once again.

Photoshoot

A local magazine came by for their Top Ten Teens list and came across me, even though I’m 11. I had a photoshoot and will be featured on the Ventura Boulevard magazine.

Science Fair

This year, the 6th grade science fair is optional, and I decided to do it. My project is about making concrete out of Martian soil and testing it against normal concrete.

Micromanage Mars!

I’m writing code for a new game called Micromanage Mars! You are the director of Mars operations, and you have to make sure all your meters never reach zero throughout the course of your mission. Throughout the Hab and the greenhouse, experiments, crops, and life support systems beg for your attention. Keep your crew alive and they’ll thank you!

Second Year of Alopecia

As of last weekend, I have had alopecia for two years. It started out as universalis, then dropped to totalis. That means I’m getting closer and closer to hair!

OPI Trip

This hasn’t happened yet, but it will in about two weeks! I’m going to the Olympic Peninsula Institute with the rest of the 6th grade for a week to learn about the forces of nature.

Math Competition

I recently won 7th place in the Math League competition at Mirman School, along with two of my friends who got 9th and 5th place with me.

Swim Meet

In a recent swim meet, I broke all of my personal records in the 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, and 100 IM.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You…Taller?

I’m officially taller than my mom now. Yay!

Braces

I now have both top and bottom braces in. Hopefully they’ll stay in for two years.

That’s mostly it for the past six months. Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and check out more from peytonpecia.

One Year Anniversary

Coming up soon (December 4th, mark your calendars) I’m going to be selling $0.50 alopecia pins to celebrate. It might be trivial, but everything is going to the NAAF or National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Only a little will help!

Welcome friends!

Welcome to my webpage, a place dedicated to children with alopecia. My name is Peyton, a 10-year-old who was diagnosed with alopecia at 8. I am here to help you through, and know that we are all a community. My blog is a place where kids with alopecia can freely post their troubles, and get answers from people who care. Hopefully, all that come to this page will get the help they need and deserve.

Bald Girl In A Big World

One of the most confusing parts of being a bald girl is how others react. For boys it’s a little easier, since men usually lose their hair naturally. Appearances in shopping centers usually result in kids staring at me blankly, not really knowing what to think. Sometimes I like looking at them. I can see the gears in their heads turning, as if to say, “What is this? A bald girl?” Even funnier (and sort of embarrassing) is when they call you a boy. I wrote a post several months ago about instances where people called me a boy (check them out right here) and surprisingly, I’m not alone in this.

I know what you’re thinking: Lots of alopecians exist, Peyton! But in my class there’s a girl, we’ll call her Ellie, who has a twin brother, and both siblings have short “boy” hair. The interesting part is that while we were taking class photos, the photographer was having us shift around on the bleachers. “A little to the right, sir,” he motioned to Ellie, as I shot her a sympathetic look and said, “Now you know how I feel.” The main takeaway of this is that if you have any kind of short hair, you’re going to be called a boy, no matter what gender you are. That isn’t to say you should have long hair though. Just be you. And keep watching those little kids get really, really confused.

Alopecia Spotlight: Leah Hayes

Recently, another huge milestone for alopecia youth has come to NAAF in the form of Leah Hayes, who won Sports Kid Of The Year (SKOTY) at Sports Illustrated Kids. The award goes to kids who have shown exceptional sports talent. In Leah’s case, she is an outstanding swimmer. That really surprised me–I know her, and I know that she swims, but I didn’t know that she often laps her opponents in the best heat! While Leah is a much better competitive swimmer than I am, and she’s much older than me, we do have similarities pointing to our alopecia. Both of us love swimming, especially when we don’t need swim caps. The whole purpose of a swim cap is to squish people’s hair in so they are more aerodynamic, but with no hair at all, both of us are faster without a swim cap! When she swims, she is usually faster than everyone, even though she is always in the best heat. That excellence is exactly why she wants to go to the Olympics.

When she swims, she is usually faster than everyone, even though she is always in the best heat.

I think it’s safe to say that this was one good move for SIK.

This story appeared first at sikids.com.

Scratch

If you need a good foundation for block coding and/or want to join Programmers Coding Baldly, this is the website for you. Subscribe to Sprocket today!

Sprocket actually made a typo–the URL is scratch.mit.edu.

 

Sprocket

Scratch, is a computer coding website created by MIT, is great for all levels of block coders. It is fun and easy to do. On scratch there are easy tutorials and on youtube.  There are various types of games, from catch games, to mazes. If you are interested in block coding I would recommend this website. This is the link for Scratch. http://scratch.mit.edu.org

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Programmers Coding Baldly

Hello! I’ve decided to create an alopecia community based on coding in Scratch, the block-coding programming language that has been a hit for anyone who likes to code. It’s called Programmers Coding Baldly, and I’ll be partnering up with Sprocket, run by my friend and colleague Ella, to bring STEM and coding to the world of alopecia. Scratch is a website where you use colored blocks to form code, which you can then run and share to the world. With Scratch, alopecians can get a new kind of courage–one that comes from the knowledge that they don’t have to be Bill Gates or Elon Musk to create something special. My Scratch account is Staria07, and you should definitely check it out. Anyway, I hope you liked this post. Make sure to join Programmers Coding Baldly and check out Sprocket!