This short essay documents Jaylan, an 11 old Mainer middle schooler, dealing with Alopecia.
Jaelyn was only one when she was diagnosed with Alopecia, an autoimmune response where the body attacks the hair follicles. Jaylen used to go to school only 45 minutes away from her new school where she used to wear a wig. She was exacted about the option of starting fresh at her new school without the wig, "the wig gets really hot, especially playing sports" she says. Jaelyn is very aware of her own body and beauty, but she struggles with the consequences of standing out.
In this short essay I spent a few days during the period of two months documenting her life at home when she is not wearing her wig.