September. September is a month of transition. It signifies the end of summer and introduction of fall. Colors begin to change. The weather gets a little cooler. We begin seeing pumpkins, wreaths, and squash. Sweaters become a necessity. Scarves are now acceptable. And most of all, football season starts. It’s back to the grind, September. School, work, errands and football games. The routine begins. September means nose to the grindstone ‘til Thanksgiving. We associate September with work. No more holidays, vacations or fun in the sun. September is often considered the Scrooge of summer. Bah-Humbug! However, September means something a little more to some. It is Alopecia Awareness month, and that signifies another level of change. Announced only a couple years ago, we finally have a month to celebrate baldness. To bring about concern and support for all those affected with this disease and to show the world that Alopecia has a widespread reach. We help clear the assumptions and engage others in understanding what affects millions of people. Awareness is a funny thing. It can range from the smallest of acts to the most dramatic. Things like "Wig-Free Wednesday" or wearing t-shirts that say "Bad Hair Day?" are examples of how awareness is brought about. As if being a bald woman doesn't stand out enough, it’s crucial to explain why this happens. The population relates hair loss to being sickness; that is the stereotype we are trying to break. Many people associate October with breast cancer awareness, almost without a second thought. Its pink ribbon month. October has successfully become the only month with unbreakable ties to an awareness movement. Here is my argument: Why are we "allowed" one month to celebrate baldness and summon awareness? Something you should know about me is that I no longer wear a wig. I haven't for 9 months and I plan to continue that way for years to come. (Many think this is brave and if you've read my previous posts, you'll know I attribute that to being stubborn.) I celebrate baldness 365 days a year. Breast cancer awareness is extremely successful because it is a life threatening condition. Alopecia will never gain the attention that other movements draw because people don't understand the damaging affects it has. Consequently that emphasizes the importance to continue Alopecia awareness year-round rather than for 30 days a year. It’s a fantastic accomplishment to have gained the month of September as our ally in this awareness movement. This month of transition symbolizes change in weather, season, lifestyle, society, and eventually, a change in heart towards anyone dealing with hair loss. Hopefully, we can continue this transition year-round and help spread awareness to any and all affected by this.