GardenJess
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  • Los Gatos, CA
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Tweens and teens reactions to parent's alopecia?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ginny Dec 18, 2016. 27 Replies

My question is probably either too general or too specific, but I am preparing to share my alopecia story with my son's 5th grade class, and the only thing that worries me is, that by sharing, my…Continue

Hair color for passport -- I know this has come up before

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cheryl, Co-founder Feb 9, 2016. 1 Reply

I used to have brown hair. My driver's license shows me with a shoulder length brown wig and says my hair color is brown. I need to renew my U.S. passport and the application asks for hair color. I…Continue

Did your white hair stay white?

Started this discussion. Last reply by GardenJess Jan 4, 2015. 31 Replies

I know there have been many questions about regrowth, so I apologize if this is redundant. Most of my hair fell out over the past couple of years, but I have had some regrowth. Currently I have thick…Continue

Tags: white, regrowth

Weird hair in public?

Started this discussion. Last reply by JustGrinAndHairIt Nov 3, 2014. 2 Replies

Does anyone go out in public without a shaved or totally bald head or something on their head? Would it just be too weird to have crazy hair on display? I shaved my head over the summer, and, though…Continue

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GardenJess replied to Flwdbaseball's discussion Confrontation
"I figure people can either wonder silently, gossip with others, or talk to me directly, and I would rather have the  last option. I have struggled with when to be forthcoming (used to be, "Thanks, it's a wig," or, bluntly,…"
Apr 6
GardenJess replied to Christine's discussion Weird hair growing?
"I lost nearly all of the hair on my head, which was mostly brown but getting more grays than I probably wanted to admit. I shaved my head for a bit, then let it do its thing, and, in the past three years or so, my head has become covered with…"
Jan 15

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Relationship Status:
Married
About Me:
I had at some alopecia as a child, a few spots through my 20s and 30s, but only in my 40s did most of my hair fall out. With three young kids, I don't really have time for hair or lack thereof.
Do you have alopecia?
Alopecia areata
Are you age 18 or older?
Yes - I am 18 or older

GardenJess's Blog

Regrowth!

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

It seems a bit crazy to be excited by one, tiny, half inch long brown hair, a hair so inconspicuous that I thought at first it must have come from our new kitten, but there it is among the white hairs. And as I stared at the top of my head, losing and then refinding that minuscule hair, I realized that the sides are undeniably filling in more. I know it is a bit far fetched at this point, but I can almost imagine getting a hair cut, a short, close to the head hair cut. And the funny thing…

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Are you a girl?

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 5:14pm 3 Comments

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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Dreaming of hair

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 1:19pm 2 Comments

I've had dreams where I was delighted that my hair had grown back, dreams where I just had long hair again, dreams where I "came out" as having lost my hair, but last night's was a new variation. I dreamed that my hair was just as it is now, and that I was out doing my dream business with no cover on my head. In the dream it was all very easy, as if weird hair was no big deal. A friend in the dream did get me past a security guard by saying, "Stress is bad for her, it makes her hair fall…

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Flexibility or an uncertain identity

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 4:19pm 4 Comments

In an hour it will be time to take my three year old to a new session of her kiddie music class, and even as I pretend it isn't a big deal, I am stressed about what to put on my head. We last went to these classes 4 or 5 months ago, and then I wore my wig. Indeed the music class, a gathering of mostly mommies and their toddlers, was my personal testing grounds for a wig as part of my identity. It was not, however, an ideal environment for wig wearing. Dancing around with a two year old's…

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At 8:52pm on May 2, 2014, Cheryl, Co-founder said…

As time goes by, you will figure out what feel right for you.  I struggled with that decision for years before I was finally able to commit to what felt right for me.  It was definitely is small baby steps and gradual.  I didn't just wake up and was totally ok with my baldness.  Allow yourself some grace and go at your own pace.  Wishing you the best.

At 12:47am on April 29, 2014, Cheryl, Co-founder said…

Hi Jess,

I wanted to welcome you to Alopecia World. I can honestly say that we are a great community here and I hope you enjoy the time you spend with us and we look forward to your input. Be sure to check out the “10 tips for getting the most out of Alopecia World” which include a few tips to get you started!

Cheryl, co-founder

At 5:18pm on April 22, 2014, LeslieAnn Butler said…

Hello and welcome, Jess!

How are you today?

Leslie Ann

 
 
 

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