I'm an artist and author living in Portland, Oregon, with two cats and a dog. I've had aa for about 30 years, universalis for 20 years.
Hooray! My book, "If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing!" has won TWO NATIONAL AWARDS: The national ReaderViews Best Body/Health Book Award and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year!
Thank all of your for your support and feedback on the book!
"If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing!" is available at www.Amazon.com and any other online bookstore. The book can be shipped anywhere in the world. If you want to get it at your local bookstore, simply ask them to order it for you.
You can see me on TV for a short segment talking a little bit about the book. Go to: http://www.katu.com/amnw
Click "Being Bald."
Here are a few comments from readers:
"If only I'd had this book when I first started losing my hair to Alopecia Areata. Some stories made me cry. Some made me laugh. All made me realize that I'm not the first to have gone through this.
"Leslie Ann provides invaluable information on wigs, eyebrows and eyelashes. Eye makeup tips that make all the difference in the world.
"The best part of all about this book is that even the serious parts are related with a sense of understanding and underlying humor.
"I'm passing my copy around to all of my family members to read!"
- Ree, Alopecia World member(who says she has read the book three times)
"I read your book. I laughed.I cried.I enjoyed your art.
Most of all, it helped me to accept my new image. I've always thought of bald women as being beautiful. I just never thought I would be a beautiful bald woman! Thank you for your help. I would recommend this to anyone. Especially people with newly formed Alopecia."
-Crowned Regal (Annette)
“I could not put it down. I was up till 1 AM reading. What a great book! I wish it had been around when I was first diagnosed. Everyone with alopecia, or anyone who knows someone who has alopecia, should read your book. I will be sharing it with my family and friends.”
"...Emily especially enjoyed the “Don’t you just hate it when…” section. Never before has she laughed so much about alopecia. What a wonderful gift you have given my daughter, helping her see a lighter side to alopecia. I cannot thank you enough for that."
"...The part where the girl was in a car accident, her wig flew off into her lap, and her boyfriend thought it was a rat made me laugh! It was also very nice that you had the section for children, and for people who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. It's not easy to lose your hair for any reason. Plus, sometimes a women's hair after chemo is not as abundant as it was before, and you gave lots of ideas for how to augment thin or patchy hair. "
I wrote "If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing!" to help other people -- particularly women and girls --and it's one that I wish I had been able to find when I discovered I had alopecia years ago.
I have stumbled through all the stages of grief (feeling guilty because, after all, there are worse things than alopecia), figuring out how to look normal, bouncing from one treatment to another, buying and ruining or rejecting dozens of wigs, losing every single hair on my body, figuring out how to tell guys I was dating, living in fear of the wind and someone touching my head…all in all, going from heartbreak to acceptance to joy and confidence. And it's all in the book, along with experiences of others, advice on wigs, makeup, products, treatments -- and how you can celebrate your life with alopecia areata, go after your dreams, and know you’re not alone.
To buy "If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing," go to www.Amazon.com or click the link below.
Hello, Leslie - thanks for the welcome! I'm Lori - also known as Mimi, to my granddaughter :-) She is 5 years old, and was recently diagnosed. Found Alopecia World while searching for a support group...
Hi LeslieAnn, I just finished reading your book and wanted to say...THANK YOU SO MUCH for writing this book! There are no words to tell you how much it has helped me!! You are such an inspiration to me and your book has given me so much hope!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3 Sonya
wow! i am impressed by your courage and ability to "keep on dancing". i am definatly downloading your book. i have a hard time dealing with my alopecia and i have so many mixed feelings about accepting that its part of my life. i want to get involved but i dont know how or what i could do to make a difference in the alopecia world...any ideas?
Hello, thank you for the warm welcome. My daughter is doing great!!! Her dad & I seem to take it a little harder. We are looking forward to her special made hairpiece coming in tomorrow. I'm going to try to find your book cause it sounds like it would really help.
Hi Leslie Ann, Well, I'm up and down. I think I'm up if I just don't think about it and then down....and overwhelmed when I do. Also, on my mind is the fact that the dermatologist took a biopsy off the top of my nose and on my chest and did not like the look at all of the possible skin cancer on my nose. Great. But, on a brighter note I was having a big pity party yesterday when I went to respond to you and saw a comment from a grandma who was so said her sweet 7 year old grand daughter was losing all her hair....that put me back into reality. I just don't know anything about FFA at ALL! My doctor prescribed clobetasol to apply twice daily around hair line. I don't even know what else to do!! Ugh. I am thinking should I go gluten-free because of the auto-immune connection?? But right now I don't want to--I am a serious cook and foodie and that would really piss me off!! I guess I better start my researching..... Thanks for caring :)
Hi and Thank you for the welcome, not sure how I am to angry to know. My heart is broken and all I think about is what is in store for my beautiful 7 yr old granddaughter. Kids are so cruel to one another and that is my fear, how she will be treated. She still has hair on her head, yet there are a lot of bold spots and it is getting harder to cover them up. She is beautiful and always will be nothing will change that . Is there research going on for this? Is there anything out there that has made a difference in the hair loss? So many questions and no answers right now, need more information, yet what I know is not looking good. Help is what I need to help my daughter and granddaughter. Thank You Katharine.
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