For nine years, Becky struggled with alopecia, the auto-immune disease that causes her hair to fall out in big, dramatic clumps. For nine years, she struggled with the frustration of it all, the nervousness of something happening while she was in public, wearing different hairstyles to try to hide the unsightly bald spots, and getting cortisone shots in the top of her head every three weeks.
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At last, she decided to do something about it, and with the help of her boyfriend shared her decision with the world via a Daily Motion video - she took away the power from the disease by shaving her head.

"I've reached this breaking point," she declares. "I'm tired of the unpredictability ... I want to take control and I want to move on."

Alopecia Areata affects more than 6.6 million people in the United States and some 147 million worldwide, according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.  For a majority of people, it begins to take effect in childhood, and can progress from small patches of hair to complete hair loss on the scalp and other parts of the body.

At present, the cause of alopecia is not known, although there are some indications that certain genetic markers are a trend towards suffering from the disease as well as the level of severity.