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Cystic Fibrosis and Baldness

Cystic fibrosis and being baldAnother world first is occurring everywhere CFers are getting older: baldness. What parent who was told their child wouldn’t graduate from high school would have thought the day would come when CFers are living long enough to go bald? Furthermore, what normal person thinks so highly of the “privilege” of baldness?

I’m not sure of how long ago it was, but several years ago I was shocked to feel a little stray hair growing out away from my hairline¬† – out in the middle of my forehead! I went to the mirror and verified that was what was going on. Soon, I had quite a few of them, growing down a line along the edge of my hair. Unless I had somehow started growing more hair down past my hairline, I was losing hair behind these lonely little guys.

They say you get your hairline from your mom’s dad. Well, my grandpa is known to say that he’s not bald but has more face to wash. He’s not bald in the traditional sense but his “face” is quite large now, although he has 48 years on me. I used to have a full, curly, head of hair when I grew it out – as recently as 2008 when we bought our house. That was the last time it looked good to have hair of any real length in the area shown. I’ve tried to grow it out, but I just can’t get past that ridiculous stage to see if having long hair is enough to fix that. Besides, I don’t really want long hair with all of the heat and humidity we have here 10 months out of the year… and a buzz is so low-maintenance!

Of course, there are other ways we are visibly showing our age that aren’t directly related to being either men or women, such as arthritis, age-related eyeglasses, skin disease, and probably some dentures by now. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be darn proud to be bald and sporting new knees.

What non-CF-related things are starting to show your age?