So true, Denise. It's actually an autoimmune disease and in this case, because I was in a major medical center, I guess I wrongly assumed I didn't have to explain what Alopecia is. I saw so many people that day, all of whom required repeated explanations from me, that I lost track of who I gave the full explanation to vs. the label. I have a number of t-shirts and caps that proclaim me as a proud Alopecian, but I'm guessing wearing them will not help much either. Alas, it may not be changeable. Thanks for the suggestion!