I posted for the first time last night in Share Your Story and said that I would try to document what I experience in case it resonates with any future visitors to the forum. So here it goes! I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata exactly 8 days ago after discovering the attached bald patch. [attachment=0:3fzyr7u1]photo.jpg[/attachment:3fzyr7u1] Nothing too horrible--covered up nicely by my existing hair and not affecting my life. But I have been grappling with fear of the future, wondering about the progression of Alopecia Areata and generally freaking myself out (which I am working on!). My sister claims I have always had this patch (she dyes my hair) but it's bigger than she remembers, which makes me think I've had this for years and it comes and goes on its own (no hairdresser has ever mentioned it, which seemed funny to me when my sister told me she knew about it). I just got back from having my first round of cortisone injections, which were FINE! I know with a larger area, it can be quite painful but because my patch is small, it really wasn't bad at all. Took 2-3 minutes. It does itch a little now but that's the only real effect at the moment. I was also given 0.05% Clobetasol solution to apply topically twice a day. I'm blessed with a female dermatologist who is also in her 30s so it really helped to voice my concerns to her today. She reassured me that the rest of my hair looks great and that most of her patients have one or two patches that usually respond well to the injections. So I am trying to focus on the most positive prognosis! She also said I had hair growing back here already ('baby hairs') so it might have been resolving itself on its own but I feel better getting treatment at this stage.