Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and I am new to this community. I am 27 years old and was recently diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. I had no idea that there was anything even going on with my hair until a few months ago when a friend came over and she playing with it and found a tiny bald spot. I didn't think much of it at first, mostly because it was on a spot on my head that I couldn't see so I figured that she was probably exaggerating. A few weeks later my fiance brought it up again so when I went to go look in the mirror I totally freaked out. It was about the size of a quarter on the back of my head. I immediately went to my PC and he diagnosed me with Alopecia Areata and said that it should be fine and will grow back within about 6 months. Well here I am, about 3 months later and now that one spot is about the size of my fist and I have 3 new small spots that are balding. My hair has literally been falling out in clamps. Every time I washing it, run my fingers through it, and brush it, hands fulls come out. It used to be annoyingly thick and now it's thinning. The biggest spot did start to grow a little hair but it's more like baby hair or peach fuzz and is completely white. I have an appointment with the dermatologist scheduled but I am so scared that I will loose all of my hair. How did it start out for ya'll?