kastababy
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  • Nashville, TN
  • United States
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Confessions of a MAD Alopecian!!!

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About Me:
I'm a walking contradiction -- I'm peacefully violent, a popular nerd, wickedly innocent, and loudly quiet...in other words, I know how to make myself stand out in a crowd. I have an opinion about everything, and have an endless thirst for knowledge. One of these days I'm going to take over the world, but I have yet to come up with what I want to do when I get that small task completed. (That, and I haven't found a good sidekick yet to drive the getaway car!) I have decided that this year is the year that I start writing more in the hopes that I finally get a story published!!! Now that Barack Obama has been elected President, I'm content to stay in the good old USA for a little while longer, although I still have my escape plan to Canada in a secure location in case things change. I'm political, controversial, well-read, stubborn, opinionated, and determined to make an impact on the world, and maybe leave it a little bit better than it was when I entered it. I'm always updating and changing things, so keep checking out my page often!

About my alopecia: I was bald as a baby, and my hair didn't really grow in until I was about 2 years old, so it's impossible to say if I had alopecia then or not. However, after my hair did grow in, my mother noticed two bald spots when I was 4 years old. One was the size of a dime, the other was the size of a quarter. When she realized that I wasn't cutting plugs out of my hair and it wasn't coming out on my pillow or in the hairbrush, that was when we started going to the doctors. I wasn't officially diagnosed with alopecia areata until I was 6 years old; by that time, I was in the 3rd grade and totally bald. I stayed that way, albeit with brief periods of partial regrowth, until I reached high school. My hair started falling out again when I was a freshman in undergrad, and it has been persistent AA with brief periods of AT and AU. It's been that way ever since.

As a child, I was very comfortable with being bald, because I had two parents and a grandmother that went above and beyond to make me comfortable with myself and stress to me continually that I was beautiful inside and that being beautiful inside would translate to being beautiful outside; perhaps it is because of this that I have become somewhat of an overachiever -- not only do I have to be successful at whatever I do, but I have to excel in it. However, as an adult, the blind confidence bordering on arrogance that was so much a part of me has gradually disintegrated. I have become less sure of myself and depressed at times because I have felt the hurt and rejection that comes with not being appealing to most men. I have lashed out at the people who have supported me the most, because I feel sometimes that I was misled into believing that at some point I would outgrow alopecia, but like Krazy Glue alopecia is stuck to me and won't let go, and that fact has been more crushing than anything I have felt in a long time.

After nearly 3 years living and working in Atlanta, GA and Memphis, TN, I returned to my hometown of Nashville, TN in September 2008. Living away from home completely on my own really forced me to become more independent than I ever would be had I remained in Nashville. It has also enabled me to view alopecia with new eyes that haven't been colored by the opinions of my friends and family closest to me. Since discovering Alopecia World, I have found more healing and acceptance in the nearly 4 years of the site's existence than I did in 27 years of searching, for which I am eternally grateful!

My purpose on AW is to motivate and inspire others -- it is my hope that in leading by example and living my life to its fullest potential in spite of societal views on alopecia, bald women, and women of color specifically, others will come to their own acceptace of alopecia in their lives and let their beautiful, vibrant selves shine through!
Do you have alopecia?
Alopecia totalis
Are you age 18 or older?
Yes - I am 18 or older
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Repeat after me while meditating to the shapes....WOOOSAH....WOOOSAH... :) MySpace Lava Lamp

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Trisha commented on kastababy's blog post Caught Off Guard
"My mother died 26 years ago, and I've dealt with that loss.  And yet...everyone now & then I cry over her absence.  All types of loss, including hair, can have lingering effects, and the hurt can roll up fresh at the weirdest…"
Apr 14
ChelseaLee commented on kastababy's blog post Caught Off Guard
"Thank YOU for being vulnerable and brave.Yeah, you are awesome. And yeah, it sucks sometimes. "
Apr 14
Rie commented on kastababy's blog post Caught Off Guard
"We ARE with you, I have had alopecia for 42 years...on and off and then four years ago, universalis, I was told by a derm I would never get my hair back. Well I started 20 months ago getting hair. It is so slow, spotty, I wanted to grow my hair....…"
Apr 14
Barb commented on kastababy's blog post Caught Off Guard
"I completely relate to what you are saying. I suffered with AA since I was 27 and at 54 it turned into full blown AU. After doing all of the usual things that brought my patches back didn't work and the hair loss accelerated I decided to take…"
Apr 14

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Caught Off Guard

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 8:43pm 12 Comments

Since I haven't shaved my head in several days, I was able to notice that my alopecia is active and I have several new spots that are completely bald and a large patch on top that is almost gone. I have to admit that I'm a little bit more upset than I probably should be, mainly because it caught me off guard.

After 36 years of living with alopecia, you would think I'd know better than to get upset when my hair starts falling out again. After 36 years, you would think that I…

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Yo'Kasta Montonique Martinez, BS, MBA

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 10:40pm 2 Comments

The University of Phoenix 

announces that

Yo'Kasta Montonique Martinez

is a candidate for the degree of 

Master of Business Administration

Project Management

for the Commencement Ceremonies on Sunday,

the twenty-seventh day of July,

at three o'clock in the afternoon

Two thousand fourteen

Bridgestone Arena

Nashville, Tenessee

Request for assistance - education survey

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Good evening Alopecia World!

First, I hope that everyone in the path of the Southern #Snowmageddon is safe and warm, along with their loved ones!

Second, I have a request to make of our community:

One of the great things about being a part of such a wonderful community as ours is the breadth of life experience our members bring to not only our journey with alopecia, but also our professional and our personal lives.  At this time, I am asking for the membership to share a…

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Advocacy vs. Acceptance: Why the Two ARE NOT Mutually Exclusive

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 1:09pm 4 Comments

If you know me, then you knew it was just a matter of time before I put my $0.02 cents in on this subject.



I have been on various alopecia support websites and communities from the beginning. I have blogged, discussed, emailed, phoned, written about, given speeches to, and chatted with thousands of people over the 29 years that alopecia has been in my life. Not once during that time have I sugar-coated what I thought of alopecia, how I felt about my looks, or my level of acceptance… Continue

On bullying

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 10:00am 12 Comments

Recently, I was accused by another member of our community, who shall remain nameless, that I was a condescending, know it all bully. When I read her message that contained those words, I laughed it off because to be honest, if my tendency to say what I mean and mean what I say means that feelings get hurt and you choose to live life like an ostrich with its head in the sand, then guess what? Your loss.



I laughed it off because I've been the victim of bullying - and the last time I… Continue

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At 8:12pm on September 10, 2013, Miss Peaches said…

JUST STOPPED BY TO SAY HELLO,HOPE ALL IS WELL....

At 8:36pm on May 21, 2013, Jocelia Cristina Lopes Secco said…

OLÁ!!! MUITO OBRIGADA POR ME ACEITAR....TUDO BEM COM VOCÊ????

At 8:34pm on October 4, 2012, Miss Peaches said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request!

At 8:23pm on October 3, 2012, Miss Peaches said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request.Lets Chat soon.

At 10:53pm on November 5, 2011, Angie said…
Hey kastababy!
Thank you for accepting my friend request. Whenever I get to reading a few comments around AW, I sometimes come across some of what you wrote; I always enjoy reading what's on your mind.  I'll look for you at the July conference.
At 7:05am on November 5, 2011, Jorge said…
Olá, muito obrigado pelas palavras e oubrigado por ter aceito o convite de amizade, realmente é uma grande comunidade. Moro no Brasil, e estou desenvolvendo um website sobre Alopecia, junto de um dos principais grupos relacionados a Alopecia aqui, em breve estara funcionando então te envio o endereço para acesso.
Mais uma vez obrigado por ter aceito o convite.
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Hello, thank you for words and oubrigado for having accepted the invitation of friendship, it really is a great community. I live in Brazil, and I am developing a website about Alopecia, with one of the main groups related to Alopecia here, will soon be working then send you the address to access.
Thanks again for having accepted the invitation.
At 4:21pm on August 4, 2011, Rose Marie' said…
Hey Kasta

Thought I'd pop in and see how you are. Whatcha been up to since Naaf??

Hugs

Rosy
At 10:22pm on July 19, 2011, Pamela said…
Hey sweetie !! :)
At 1:42am on July 1, 2011, Diana Carter said…
MISS YOU!!!
At 12:12pm on June 28, 2011, rj, Co-founder said…
Great profile pic. :-)
 
 
 

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