I'm an artist and author living in Portland, Oregon, with my sweetheart Ron, two cats and a dog. I've had aa for about 35 years, universalis for 25 years.
The latest on my book, "If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing!" is that it is now available not only in the USA, but Canada, England, Australia, European Union, Germany, Brazil, Russia and Poland.
You can find it at www.Amazon.com and any other online bookstore, as well as the National Alopecia Areata Foundation Marketplace. 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, at www.NAAF.org in their Marketplace, or click the link below.
Hello LeslieAnn and thank you for the welcome. Sadie is doing OK but losing quite a lot of hair from the top of her head at the moment, this is the first time that's happened so for me it's hard not to worry. When the AA first started last year the patches were all underneath and had started to grow back until very recently when the new ones started at the top. Sadie is 5 years old and very happy go lucky and doesn't seem affected emotionally...yet. We are taking each day as it comes. I've been looking for something to help her understand when she needs it and it sounds like your book might just be the thing. I need to find ways to keep strong for her and that's hard at the moment but I will get there. All the best. Sharon.
Wow, very cool Leslie. I'd love to see some of your work, it's always very cool to meet like-minded people, or anyone that has a beautiful energy.I appreciate being accepted into this community,I don't have full Alopecia, just the reseeding hairline, but I know how it feels to feel different than others because of My scoliosis and a few other of life's challenges.... I can't even imagine(at first) how insane this process must be for you Women of this Society, but ya know, it's all about being proud to be different than others! I happen to want to live in reverse of all the conforms Myself. I hope to have a chance to meet some awesome friends on here. Thank you Leslie.
Tell me about it. I look forward to reading the book :). I know exactly what you mean with the eyebrow tattooing, i had mine done when i first lost the brows but my ink disappeared once the scabbing came off. I cant believe she got a needle in your eye! Sorry that you had to experience that. I really like the idea of the temporary eyebrows as ive never heard of that before.
I will try out the shadow, because it gets annoying wearing the lashes all the time.
Thanks for reaching out to say "hi" to another balding stranger. I had not heardof your book until I read the comments on your wall. It sounds great. Ilook forward to reading it. I am always impressed when someone turns a painful experience into something really good in the world, and artistic, to boot. I have a dermatology and lab appt tomorrow, am hoping to get some more info on why I am looking more and more like a billiard ball every day. Have a great day and nice to "meet" you.
Thanks for the note! I'm doing great today really all the time. My little girl keeps me laughing and so busy with work and baby prep it keeps life interesting. Your book sounds awesome I will have to look into it. So nice to see someone help others see the that you can live life without hair.
Hi Leslie, thank you for the welcome. I see you are a blonde too - would love any advice on what hair you wear. Your blonde is the kind of blonde I have been looking for. Nice to meet you. I look forward to reading more about your book too.
Im loving your book, my partner was reading it too, but I caught him rolling a ciggie on it one day and confiscated it from his presence lol. I just adore the images and I am so glad I bought a hard copy because even the pages have a lovely feel and quality to them.
I think you are really brave and talented and thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for assisting me with acceptance of AA.
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