December 2009 Blog Posts (67)

A new year and the end of a decade

Year 2000 i graduated high school and this coming year i start college lol a little late but ohwell :O) the emotional rollercoaster i have gone thru over hair is amazing but i have found this site and it helps knowing i'm not the only one.



The reason for my post is to hope that everyone who either is new to alopecia or has had it for years can finally if you havent already move even closer to acceptance not from those around us but self acceptance. We will have our bad days even… Continue

Added by Tiffany P on December 31, 2009 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to!!!!

Added by Dotty on December 31, 2009 at 12:40am — 1 Comment

Super awesome stupid nasty cold that has taken over me...

So, I have this amazingly "awesome" cold that has decided to reek havoc on my nose, eyes and take away all of my energy. Because of this I have been doing a lot of sitting and I have noticed some very annoying aspects of my version of alopecia. I am having some regrowth, yeah!! But not where I want it to be.... It seems that this disease thought it would be funny to try and regrow the hair in between my eyebrows but not the actual eyebrows. So, now I am sick and have the startings of a unibrow.… Continue

Added by Camille Reinecker on December 30, 2009 at 12:32am — 5 Comments

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

Added by Dotty on December 30, 2009 at 12:19am — No Comments

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

"Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory."

Added by Dotty on December 30, 2009 at 12:16am — 1 Comment

Post pregnancy - and it looks like my hair is going to fall out again! I can't stop crying!

I was AA universalis. When I got pregnant, my hair regrew around the 23rd week of my pregnancy. My daughter is 5 and a half months old now and I can go without a wig.



I look horrible though. My hair is still very short, darker than it used to be and not as blond anymore. On addition to that I'm still so overweight due to my pregnancy. Nevertheless I totally enjoy not to put these aweful plastic wigs on and I've been without a wig now for 3 weeks. Now I'm realizing that my eyelashes… Continue

Added by Zoe on December 29, 2009 at 5:39pm — 8 Comments

Back to the Rheumatologist

Well, I went back and got my official diagnosis after extensive testing. I mean extensive! I had 15 vials of blood drawn. Because he was confident what he would see, he started me on treatment a month ago. I am on Plaquinel (a quinine based anti-malarial) and Neurontin (an anti-seizure) to treat the symptoms of Lupus. It's not an exact science...there's a lot of trial involved in regulating medications.



I've been dealing with Pleurisy, an inflammation in the Lungs which can… Continue

Added by Andrea on December 29, 2009 at 11:12am — 3 Comments

Dermatologist Results

So... I went to the Dermatologist for a checkup.





Nothing New. The cortizone shots caused a crop circle in the back of my head though. It looks like a smiley face. I only have to go back if I have any questions, or if I just want to say hello.

It's weird, but I have spots in the back of my head, with little tufts of hair here and there. I asked my mom if I could shave them off, but she laughed and said no. Ho-hum. The hair is really dumb though.

I cant wait for another… Continue

Added by Leah Turlo on December 28, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Abuses in the Indian Human Hair Trade

Below is an excerpt from the film "Good Hair" by Chris Rock showing the inner-workings of the "human hair" weave trade. Featured is a religious ceremony called "tonsure", practiced in India. Also featured is hair stylist Elgin Charles Williams. I haven't purchased a human hair wig yet (one 50/50, unsure of origin) but when/if I do I will make sure it is not Indian hair. I thought these women were being paid for their hair, they are… Continue

Added by Andrea on December 28, 2009 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."

Added by Dotty on December 28, 2009 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Round 2 is harder than expected

And it seems to be Round 2 of Alopecia. It seems harder this time than the first time around. Everyone keeps saying that it is easy this time because I know what to expect and I already have wigs. But, for some reason, I'm having a harder time with it and don't feel like I can tell anyone that I am having a harder time. Is that stupid?



Well, heres where I stand as of now. I started noticing it coming out in the shower about a week and a half ago....…



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Added by Rachel on December 28, 2009 at 2:28am — 7 Comments

Regrowth Follow-up

Hi!! Its been a really long time since I've updated on here. I wanted to let you know what things look like on my head. First of all, my eyebrows and eyelashes fully recovered....





I even got a haircut and have a little hair style...





And even my own ponytail...





See the next blog for the next part of the… Continue

Added by Rachel on December 27, 2009 at 11:58pm — 3 Comments

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

Added by Dotty on December 26, 2009 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

Added by Dotty on December 25, 2009 at 12:57am — No Comments

My new wig

On Tuesday Pick Me Up magazine paid for me to go to London to have a wig chosen and then cut by Trevor Sorbie (who does loads of great things for people with hairloss). I chose a human hair wig from Trendco very close to my natural colour and then he cut it after looking at a pic of my old hair and I love it. This wig is amazing. Not only is it cut really well but its actually real hair. I loved my synthetic wigs but then I got this one and its sounds silly but I love the way it goes wavy in… Continue

Added by Lyndsey Pitchford on December 24, 2009 at 3:20pm — 9 Comments

Merry Christmas

I rarely make my YouTube videos embeddable, but I wanted to share this with you all! Be… Continue

Added by Andrea on December 24, 2009 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

The Movie Grey Gardens/Alopecia

Has anyone seen the movie Grey Garden's starring Drew Barrymore? She portrays a character that deals with alopecia. The movie is quite interesting it is based of a true story of Jackie Kennedy's relatives. I think it is the first movie I've seen that shows a character that has alopecia. It was touching to see it portrayed on screen because Drew really captures what it is like to lose your hair; and how she learns to deal and doesn't lose her spirit. Just wanted to let you guys know, don't know… Continue

Added by Francie on December 24, 2009 at 1:57pm — 9 Comments

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

Added by Dotty on December 24, 2009 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Screenwriting 410

Just a little update. Thanks for all of your support with my screenplay. I was picked to move onto the next level!! Which is Screenwriting II or SAC 410 at U of M. It is a very competitive program and in my class on 17 only 5 students were picked to move onto the next class and I was lucky enough to get picked. Thanks for all of your support and maybe someday my script with make it to the big screen and let the world know a little more about Alopecia. <3 -
Kelci

Added by Kelci on December 24, 2009 at 1:45am — 1 Comment

Dotty's Inspirational/Motivational Reflection

Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.

Added by Dotty on December 24, 2009 at 12:29am — 1 Comment

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