She had her youngest child in May 2015, and in August, she began to find strands of hair on her clothes. Thinking it was normal postpartum shedding, she went to the doctor and was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles and makes your hair fall out.
“We took family pictures in early November, and by the end of November I was standing in the shower with my hands full of hair in complete disbelief,” McKenna recalled. Within six months, every piece of hair from her body was gone.
“I felt like my identity was being ripped away from me. As a woman, we subconsciously connect ourselves to our hair,” she said.
“I always questioned, how am I gonna be a mom? How is my husband still going to love me? How are my students going to react to this? How am I going to continue living this way?”