What sets me apart?

What sets me apart?

That’s what I want to know.

What sets me apart?

On the inside, nothing goes.

I run and bike and play,

Just like any other kid.

Go to school all weekdays,

And sleep all night in bed.

But it all stops from the neck up,

From my chin up to the top.

For there is nothing, even right closeup,

Not any flouncy crop.

That’s all that sets me apart.

Just that one little thing.

Yet small children, when they see me, start.

They don’t realize that it stings.

Alopecia areata is not a bad affair

And I don’t want a cure.

But some people just don’t care

And make me feel like some dull ore.

Some people think I’m cancerous

And ask about my treatments.

But alopecia is quite harmless

And that sparks disagreements.

I think that people should be nice

And think not that we are bad.

For insults cause much thin ice

And compliments are better had.

The world seems to not realize

That we are rising stars.

They try not to idealize

The novel and the bizarre.

But we are not too different, you see,

Apart from strands of hair.

Since underneath we can agree

We are all uniform there.

NAAF Tortoise & Hair Walk: Are you in?

This year, NAAF will hold a Tortoise And Hair Walk for people with alopecia. The four mile walk will take place at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale on Saturday, June 30th. All are invited to participate. PeytonPecia.com has started a fundraising team, team PeytonPecia, to raise money for NAAF. My goal is to raise 2,000 dollars by the time the Tortoise & Hair event comes around.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

You can join our team right now or Click Here to Donate. I look forward to the donations, new members, and old faces to come at this year’s Tortoise & Hair walk!

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

This poem is from a time when I was rapidly losing my eyelashes and felt very sad. As you can guess from the first stanza, I had only fourteen. I counted them every day as the number slowly wound down to zero. This was a tough emotional time for me and I was glad when it was over. As the poem winds down, you can see how I realize the benefits of alopecia and end on a happy note.

I think that with the right mindset, alopecia won’t bother you in the least.


 A Compilation of Haikus Concerning Alopecia Areata

Fourteen eyelashes

I feel sad about my loss

I wish I had more


No hair on my head

Alopecia is bad

No good medicine


Friday reveals my

Big secret, I take my wig

Off on this half-day


I hope I can grow

Back my hair, kids get confused

Is it the wig or hair?


I sometimes wish I

Could go back in time to warn

My mom about this


I wonder why God

Gave me this condition, as

I don’t like it much


But I can do a

Lot of things, like draw turtles

With pen on my scalp.


I have a wig, but

I get hot in it, so I

Don’t wear it too much


It’s cool to see our

Differences and compare them

See diversity


If you could have this,

What approach would you take, or

Would you accept it?