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.
Thank you so much for reaching out to me. It's ironic that you should ask how I am. Actually, I am feeling a bit nervous today. I am taking out my weave today and having my stylist shave my head for the very first time. I don't have any hair any more to tie the weave down. The entire front of my head is now bald. My family and friends have been very supportive. However, I cannot help but feel that I am in mourning for the loss of whatever hair I have left. Trying to keep a positive outlook. I tell everyone that with my new look, I'm going to look better than Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. :-)
Hi! That's great that you are doing well. Ive been better... It's hard finding a job. Esp. During breast cancer month. But I am a big fan of breast cancer awareness, especially because. My mom is almost 4.5 year suivor!! If you don't mind me asking? How long have had AU? Iv been without any hair for almost 7 years!! :( if you don't wanna tell me. I totally understand no questions asked. In please forgive in advance. I do not mean you any harm of any sort. I just kinda wanna feel not alone, it really sucks.. Your the first person. That Iv talked to about AU, that was like us.. <3
Thank you for welcoming me. I just came home from having my injections so am not feeling up to par. Trying to keep my spirits up. This is the 3rd relapse in 4 years. I plan to order you book. Can't wait to read it !
Hello LeslieAnn,it was so good to hear from someone one here. My problems with my hair started in my early teen years. I have been wearing wigs since then and I am soon to turn 57. I still have a hard time dealing with people always asking if it is my real hair and bringing up conversations about going to the salon and anything that has to do with taking care of your own real hair. It is so bad that it took me 10 years to allow my husband to see me without my head covered. I am looking into buying your book. Maybe it will give me some self confidence.
Hi LeslieAnn thanks for the welcome. I like the title of your book!
I have been dancing since I was 2 years old & that's exactly what I carried on doing when my hair fell out there was no way I was going to let it stop me! I will drop dead before I stop dancing! I will look with interest at getting a copy :)
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