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.
fantastic!! :) olivers well too thanks for asking, n 4 yes defo a brilliant age, turned from baby to real little boy with soooo much character, very funny times at the mo!! do u hav kids, nieces/nephews? so u have a book out!?! well done!! what an achievement!!
Leslie it has got worse since yesterday now I am being called baldy, chrome dome by him he has become very abusive but im trapped as I have stated in my previous blog because awaiting 2 surgeries and high health ins premiums. He has me over a barrel. Then tells me he has never heard of any woman losing their hair, How ignorant! Yet he refuses to read up on this and to go to the doc with me. He is awful and also a coward. I just pray that God gives me the strength I need to get though all this and leave and never look back.
Hi LeslieAnn, very many thanks for the welcome. I am really looking forward to making contact with others with FFA and Lichen Planopilaris and Alopecia generally. I was diagnosed 4 years ago and now the hair loss generally and receding hairline is hard to disguise. I have made a preliminary foray into the world of wigs and find them far too uncomfortable. I live in the UK but am travelling to Chicago in April to attend the Cicatricial Alopecia Research conference and wonder if anyone else is likely to be attending? Your book sounds very interesting and I will check it out on Amazon.
Thanks again for the welcome, anything that lessens the isolation of this condition is wonderful.
Thank you for the welcome, Leslie Ann. I look forward to hearing from others how they have dealt with HL. My hair loss is hereditary, and has been progressing now for over 50 years!! Hard to believe, but it has literally changed my life over the years, and though minor in the "Big" picture, has been devastating in so many ways.
Thanks so much for the welcome. I appreciate your asking. Today is good. Some days not so good. Got to keep trying. Based on all the comments below, I think I will take a look at your book. Thanks again.
Daphne and I are doing wonderful today. She's been up and dancing in her dress up clothes since 8:00am, a very happy girl today. I'm excited to see that you're somewhat close to me. I've been trying to find support groups or meet ups but it sounds like there's only one in Seattle but I can't find if it's still going on or not. Any suggestions?
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