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.
I ordered your book and must say it was so nice to read and relate too. You are an inspiration! I live in Portland, Or and have just gotten my first full hairpiece, however, I need a few touch ups on it. Can you recommend a hair stylist that works on wigs in Portland? Hope to hear from you. Have a great day!
Thank you for welcoming me to AW. My girls and I are fine and we hope you are too. I just finished reading through your informative profile. I plan to purchase your book for my daughter (and me too!). She doesn't like to talk about her alopecia so I think your reading your book will serve her well in many ways. Thanks again! God bless you...
Thank you for reaching out. I am feeling rather anxious today. I had my scalp biopsy yesterday and am awaiting the results, although the dermatologist seems to feel pretty sure it is FFA. I don't want to scare myself with all of the internet info but I stumbled across this site and it seemed comforting and informative.
Thank you for your message, I am brand new to the site, I live in the UK. I'm going to download your book in a minute, I am struggling with the recently diagnosed alopecia so any form of help is amazing, I will look forward to reading it.
Hi LeslieAnn, thanks for the welcome. Sorry it took forever to respond. I seen ur message the other day when I was at work but I had to return from my break. That's awesome that you wrote a book. I'm gonna have to read it. I'm doing good. Other than the sunburn burn on my scalp. :( This is new to me, I really don't know how this group works. But glad I found it. Take care , netty
Thanks LeslieAnn, I have just looked your book up! WOW love the cover and the contents sound interesting and helpful. I have rally struggled for years but now in a happy place. I am now starting to this about asking someone to endorse my book. What do you think about it LeslieAnn? it would be to go on the back cover and of course would have reference for your own book and this website? To see a little more about it you can read my blurb on www.saledlie.com on the front and on books page. Thanks and please let me know what you think :-)
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