I am 34 years old, married to a wonderful man and have 3 beautiful children, with a 4th on the way--due end of April 2009.
I found out I had AA at age 14. The loss has been up and down: age 14-21 AA (spots that could be covered), age 22-23 AT, age 24-31 minor AA (just a few spots), 2006-present AU.
I never thought I would say this, but I am truly grateful that I have AA because it has pushed me and stretched me and made me so much stronger. I am more confident in myself now than I have ever been because I finally realize that the true me does not reside in my hair or any other part of my appearance. The true me is the soul that lives within. Letting go of the world's perceptions of beauty, a mold that so few fit, and accepting myself for who I am as a person has made me so happy. I no longer envy others the way I did (with and with out hair). I know that I am beautiful and it does not come from what I see in the mirror, it comes from within. It has been a long climb getting here, and I still have a long way to go, but it is sure a magnificent view!
Hi Shannon - you have gorgeous photos; the one with you and your dad is awesome! Make me realise I'm not documenting my kids' lives with me (I'm happy to be the one taking the photos; just not to be IN the pic). Time to change that mindset, me thinks! :)
thank you so much, we think she's pretty great too! Your baby must be going on a year by now. Please fill me in on what you've been up too.
I am in the market for a new wig. i have a vacuum which I love but due to the preice and having 4 children now I can't spend the money on a new one anytime soon. Since we last chatted I have lost almost all of my head hair I have a few patches here and there, and have lost all my body hair. This all came about from changing my thyroind meds, in Aug08 and it came out face.
well enough about me, I do hope all is well in your life.
Hello pretty girl...just love that picture with your dad!
As you must have seen my one with my mom...who has Dementia.
I was there with her in Australia, and returning to the USA has been a great loss.
Yet, I'm glad to have taken a photo with her.
Check out the new group my son is putting out, although this is a club/dancing techno version...a lil' bit different than the original listening version.
I'm doing fine - getting ready for a gig with my band in LA this weekend...I'm a drummer as you can see from my photos. I think I'll make my bald debut in LA. Up to now I've worn a scarf there since I lost my hair.
Hi Shannon! Yes, it feels amazing to have it all shaved off! Thank you for all your advice and support :) My lace wig is real human hair, so it feels and looks like how my hair was a few years ago before the alopecia really got bad. I love how many options I have now: when I'm in a mood to be a little edgy/chic then I go bald- I've gotten only compliments so far! When I'm dressing up and bald isn't quite as appropriate, then I opt for a scarf- they are so much fun! And when I'm in a mood to be bubbly, then I go for my wig! All of my options are great. This is the happiest I have been in a very long time- it is such a good feeling. And the pain on my scalp has definitely subsided; it still hurts once in a while, but nothing like how it did before the shave. Is it spring yet in Utah? We just got tons of rain this past week, so hopefully everything will turn green soon and some flowers will pop up! I'm ready for summer! Talk to you soon, Natalie
Hi Shannon! Yes I am so excited to do the shave and get the lace wig! My entire family will be with me for the "big shave" but I just hope that my Mom can keep it together and not get too emotional (she has been kind of upset about the whole shaving business, but still supportive). I have also recently told my closest friends about my bald decision, and not only were they supportive and happy, but they said that they love the idea that I can wear whatever hair (or scarf or hat or nothing at all!) I want and have so many options! I suppose I never thought of it that way, but I'm starting to think I will have a lot of fun with it and wear lots of different looks.
I looked on your blog and saw the pictures of you new baby- he is soooo adorable :) I love little kids but I always get nervous around babies because i feel like I am going to break them! I'm sure that once I am a mother I will be fine, though. That is great to hear that your hair is growing back. I will definitely send positive energy and thoughts your way to help the hair keep growing :)
I would loooove one of your homemade scarves! I'm sure that you are plenty busy though with your kiddies, so in the meantime I think I may copy your idea and buy my own fabric in a homemade scarf attempt! What a great idea! I have another quick question for you: when your hair falls out, do you get an itching/burning sensation on your scalp? And if you do, does that go away once you shave your hair? Because my scalp is so irritated and painful right now that I cannot wait to get rid of it! I'm must hoping that the sensation goes away once I shave it off......
Thanks again and all the best wishes for your new hair and your new baby :)
Shannon- Thank you for your kind comments! Your family is so cute and I absolutely love the picture of you and your father! Your alopecia history sounds identical to mine: I started noticing spots at 14 and only recently at the age of 22 has my hair reallllly starting coming out. It has been such a crazy ride so far, especially making the decision to shave it all off. I can no longer go about my daily activities without constantly worrying about my spots showing (like going for a swim, going out on a windy day, wearing my hair down) so I have decided that it's time for me to take back some control and no longer let alopecia make all the decisions in my life. I'm getting my first full lace real human hair wig on Saturday, and to say that I'm excited is an understatement! I have a consultation with a Freedom wig lady on Friday and will be shaving my head then, so I am really ready to start fresh! It is really uplifting to see how confident you are (with or without hair) and I hope that I can exude that confidence as well. I have one quick question for you: where do you find all of your head scarves? Do you buy them online or at a department store? I feel so silly asking, but I honestly cannot for the life of me figure out where to find them! Thanks so much and talk to you soon.
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