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Lessons learned from my students & alopecia

I am a high school teacher along with running my business. In high school, I teach some tough kids, the kids that don't love school, the ones that have many other issues that make school seem meaningless and the kids that teach me everyday in one way or another.  I love both my jobs.

I decided to share my story about my hair loss with my students this year and with my high school volleyball team that I coach.  The result was complete understanding and empathy from all of the students.…

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Added by Jennifer Krahn on April 17, 2015 at 7:30pm — 12 Comments

I find myself looking at other women's hair

When Im out doing errands or at the mall or park, I sometimes look at some ladies parts or hairline. A nice amount of time I can see that they are wearing a wig or closure, but I have been noticing more some women with thinning hair I feel like I want to go up to them and just try to be friends with them talk to them. Before I had my son I would just style my thin hair pretty much like a comb over lol. Some days it didnt seem so bad but other days it look like a Donald trump comb over. I didn't… Continue

Added by Alta on April 14, 2015 at 9:09am — No Comments

Group is not going at this time

Hi Alta

I not can run the group and there was not much participation or many members. I have developed other Autoimmune diseases that make it hard for me to have the groups. I had stated that and I also asked anyone interested to taking it over that would be great. I still have no problem with being friends and I see you live close to me. Take care.

Added by itzmejudy on April 11, 2015 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Swimming?

What's your best way to go swimming without showing your hairloss? Is there wigs out there for that. I started to wear a silk closure with clips sew into it but when summer comes i don't know how to hide my hairloss, I would just avoid it but my son loves water. I want him to have a fun summer.

Added by Alta on April 11, 2015 at 11:42am — 7 Comments

Thinning hair ruined my relationship!

Never felt so broken, my boyfriend left me because of my thinking hair.. I wish I didn't have it. Never going to meet anyone because of it :(

Added by Natasha on April 7, 2015 at 3:46pm — 7 Comments

Follea wig

Does anyone know how long they last for, how many years?

Added by sarah bradley on April 7, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Dating advice

So I have read the horror stories on here about what happened when someone had informed their significant other about their alopecia. Since 2008, I have been inflicted with AA and having really done much dating until recently. I have been wearing wigs and sometimes it gets rough and frustrating due to some of the constant pain wigs can create

Well now I find myself in a weird and unfamiliar place. I am currently dating a great guy who seems to be genuinely into me. He has questioned…

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Added by Dedi on April 6, 2015 at 7:30pm — 34 Comments

Newbie parent of child with AA

Hello,my name is Scott,I am the father of a 10 year old girl recently diagnosed with AA. It all started roughly 7-8 months ago. My wife Annabell and I found a small quarter sized bald patch on my daughters head.My daughter,Railyn,already knew of the spot on her head however,she was scare to come to us. She is at the point now,where she has lost almost 50% of her hair,even more possibly.

I'd like to add that Railyn has allergies too milk,eggs and peanuts,among others,milk being a…

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Added by pippinrox on April 3, 2015 at 11:33am — 4 Comments

Cortizone shots

A question for those of you that have taken the shots to treat the AA.  My personal physician diagnosed my alopecia areta and said one of the possible treatments is shot in the bald patches.  I took the shots in the (at that time) area with no hair.  That was one of the most painful and unpleasant experiences I have ever had.  My question is, when you took the shots was it extremely painful or was that because a primary care physician did the work and not a dermatologist?

Added by Dark Wolf on March 30, 2015 at 7:50am — 10 Comments

Balding expectations

I have the glamorous and degrading ALOPECIA AREATA, a condition which causes my hair to fall out in copious amounts when I'm under stress. I've wrestled with this disease since the age of ten, when the boy I like in primary school noted that I have a ,"funny bald patch," on the crown of my head. About the size of a quarter, this was just the beginning of my so far, twelve year battle with my so called, 'Curse.'

Its wrong to call it that and right now in my more mature state I refer to…

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Added by OliviaO on March 23, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

I'm NOT having chemotherapy!

So I just started a new job about 6 months ago at a popular chain book store and in the first few months of working there I just went as what I think of as "myself" just a shaved head. (androgenous alopecia) In those few months I got numerous women coming up to me and asking if I was going through chemotherapy.  Some simply just smiled sympathetically at me and said they would pray for me.  

One woman who happens to be a regular customer automatically thought I had cancer and skipped…

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Added by Nicola on March 22, 2015 at 1:51pm — 8 Comments

So it seems this isn't going away.

My name is Jennifer. My daughter Madison is a happy, joyful, beautiful 5 year old. Right at the end of October, while washing her hair, I noticed two small bald spots, just about the size of erasers. My first though was, maybe it was fungal. We had had a bought of ringworm the month before. But, after using fungal cream for a week, it was getting worse. So off we went to the pediatrician. The doctor looked at it and said almost immediately that it was alopecia. I had that word floating in my…

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Added by Jenkatie27 on March 21, 2015 at 8:06pm — 4 Comments

Trauma related hair loss

I'm not too sure exactly when my hair started falling out.  I noticed it around December of 2014.  Interestingly enough, much of my hair is also turning white.  I'm in my 60s so white is not a problem.  Anyway, I realized that both of these issues came about after I had surgery.  I've heard that surgery can cause your hair to turn white I'm just curious is anyone's alopecia started after a traumatic event? 

Added by Dark Wolf on March 20, 2015 at 5:51am — 2 Comments

Living with alopecia

I found this website while looking for some kind of support group for alopecia. I have no hair I have no eyebrows or lashes. I've only had the condition for a little over a year. I have discontinued treatment because the strong medications were not working and only made me feel bad. I am tired of strangers coming up to me and asking if I have cancer. I don't know if I'll ever have hair again. I have to live with this and not feel like a freak. I was reading someone else's blog and she had… Continue

Added by Barbara on March 18, 2015 at 10:01pm — 6 Comments

Are you a girl?

I'm not sure why I was so blindsided by the question. I mean, I know it has been asked before of women who lack hair, and this was just the person to be asking it, a wide-eyed, blonde-bobbed young girl who was also waiting in line to use the bathroom at the campground. I replied a cheery, "Yes, I am," and that was that. Only it really wasn't because I am still upset by it. 

I was having a fine weekend, my sense of self confidence bolstered by my 9 year old's birthday party at a…

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Added by GardenJess on March 15, 2015 at 5:14pm — 5 Comments

Up close scalp picture.

Im writing a lot this weekend because I went to the dentist and had two teeth removed and typical, end up with a dry socket. The pain is something else. So im trying to distract myself.

Here goes a recent picture of my hair, well scalp..you can see clearly new hair growth and where it is and isn't coming through.…

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Added by Mjay on March 14, 2015 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

On hair loss, identity, and whatnot

I have always been drawn to invented individuals. Maybe it was what I needed to keep me entertained, and maybe it had to do with the demonstration of individual power. In any event, it's why I always loved the song "Crush with Eyeliner" and made a cartoon of a "Sad Tomato" to put on a white t-shirt in eighth grade. It's why I love glam rock and feel at ease with drag performers and the larger than life personalities who inspire them, and have never begrudged people like Marilyn, or Bowie, or…

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Added by curly1982 on March 13, 2015 at 6:06pm — 3 Comments

Current wig

This is a human hair wig with human hair clip in extensions attached. Ive had this wig about 4-5 years now, starting to look a bit worn, but at nerly $3000 a pop, I cannot afford to be replacing it..even more motivation to keep eating well and living well so I can have…

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Added by Mjay on March 13, 2015 at 12:58am — 1 Comment

When my hair grew back in

There was a point last year where I was able to, for the first time in about five years, go wigless due to new hair growth.

Its hard to think back to what I done that may have enabled my hair to grow back so well, but I believe I was mentally in a better place with a lot less stress…

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Added by Mjay on March 13, 2015 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Side of autoimmune disease with that steak?

I was successfully on Day 21 of my Thirty-Day Protocol from Dr. Amy Myers' best selling book, The Autoimmune Solution, when I faced dinner plans with a large group of friends for a bachelorette party. A limo was involved and we were heading out of our South Bay bubble and eating out in Santa Monica, California instead.

When I initially agreed to come out to celebrate, I hadn't even heard of Dr. Myers so I had no idea that I would be doing this healing experiment. But here I…

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Added by Rosanna on March 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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