I love all things outdoors but rock climbing has a special place in my heart. Love it! I grew up playing soccer, basketball, track, etc. and am definitely just one of the guys. I live in Austin (motto: the live music capital of the world) so I'm really into going out to see shows (and grabbing a cold one while I'm at it). On the flip side, I love kiddos and am around them as much as possible. I have my degree in elementary education and, although I'm not currently teaching, I still keep in contact with many of my former students.
MY HISTORY WITH ALOPECIA
I was in middle school trying to fit in with everyone else when noticed I had nickel sized spots on the back of my head where I couldn't grow hair. Not the best conversation starter when you are striving so much to blend in with the crowd!
After many misdiagnoses (ringworm, fungi, etc.) I was finally diagnosed with AA. All of my hair didn't fall out at once but has progressed slowly throughout the last 15 years giving me time to cope. I was very vain about my thick, waist length hair when I was younger and received many compliments growing up. I was even nominated for Best Hair in our senior class in high school. I credit my alopecia with helping me understand to put more weight in the character of a person and less on their appearance.
Now I have less than 50% of my hair and am rockin it! :-) The pattern that my hair has fallen out looks like I shave my head intentionally. It's mostly fallen out underneath and the sides. The front is starting to go now though too.
I live in a great, open-minded city where I get lots of compliments on my "hairstyle". Depending on the day, I take the opportunity to tell people about alopecia. Although there are some days when I just take the compliment and leave it at that. I feel that if you're confident - anything you wear/have will look good!
I'm excited to meet other like-minded alopecians as I have not met many with a positive outlook on alopecia. Also, I am getting close to shaving my head and am interested in how others rock their looks! Within the last six months I've started playing around with wigs and am going to start trying out scarves soon. Once I do shave my head I don't want to be a slave to my wig(s) and plan on having bald days as well as wig days. Baldies unite! :-)
Sorry for the late response- I am moving to San Antonio at the end of this month. I am very excited! I have heard really wonderful things about Austin. I will be flying into there :-P Texas is so incredible.
You have your degree in elementary education? Have you been teaching at all? I still need Texas to look over my NYS certification and then become Texas certified and fingerprinted. I really want to get a job for the upcoming school year.
Thank you Kristen for your comment. I shaved my hair too half year ago because i am sick of seeing clumps of hair on my pillow every morning i wake up. I tried going out bald and people started to stare at me; wondering what's wrong with this lady? Then i bought a wig but it still didn't solve the problem. Fortunately, 50% of my hair grow back and i threw that stupid wig away. LOL. Now it starts falling again. I'll shave it again if the condition gets worse. Cheers Baldies :D
hank you! No, I didn't make the cake myself, I lack the baking ability to do that!! Thank goodness for the talented pastry chefs at our local grocery store!
I'm guessing I'll get my hair back when I'm preggers with the next baby (in a couple years)... and then I'll probably lose it again! What do ya do?
I'm not looking forward to trying to wear wigs in the summer... this will be a first for me. I have a feeling I'll be sweating under my wig a bit! I wish I had the confidence to sport the mohawk I have going on. Someday!
Hey Kristen. Love your outlook on the whole alopecia deal. I shaved my head almost a year ago, and don't regret it. I've had aa for about 11 years -- just patches -- and have been pretty much hairless for about a year. The crazy thing is I HATED having aa -- but right now, I'm so at peace with the whole au thing. It's weird, but its actually easier not having anything at all. I just kind of enjoy not shaving and all that crap!! I have a couple of really good wigs, but 9 times out of 10 I just wear a bandanna when I'm out and I'm just bald around the neighborhood and with my friends. The wildest thing is, you would not believe how many girls tell me that they're actually jealous in a way -- smooth skin without waxing, getting ready in the morning in less than 1/2 hour -- they say it would be great if NOBODY had hair!!!!! Take care, Daria
Hey Kristen! Thanks for the welcome! =) I'm also looking to teach elementary school..probably 3rd grade. I TOTALLY know what you mean about getting them when their young (and innocent) haha! That lesson on Alopecia sounds soooo cool! I never even thought about introducing it to the kids. What a great idea! Well, thanks again, and take care!
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