January 2014 Blog Posts (37)

Any Los Angeles doctor recommendations?

Hi Hi All,

I am looking for a new dermatologist in Los Angeles, CA. Does anyone have any recommendations of ones they like and feel are very knowledgeable? I have had some great Dr.'s but they do not specialize or have too many alopecia clients. Any suggestions would be great and so helpful!

Thanks!

Added by KStew on January 12, 2014 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Lizzy Velasquez: She may change your life

Beautiful Women,

I just finished watching Lizzy Velasquez's Tedtalk video (she has been called the ugliest woman in the world.)  I think what she has to say is extremely powerful for women with Alopecia.  So many supportive people on this site echo her positive message, but she -- more than anyone I've ever heard -- provides the encouragement we need to see ourselves in a new way.…

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Added by Marie on January 11, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

First wig

Hi All,

First post here... new member.

I joined because I was diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia when I was 18'ish (don't remember really).  Minoxidil was in trials then, and extremely expensive.  My parents provided me with it; and I hated it.  At $200/month, I just told them to stop it.  I was fine with my hair loss until recently (I'm 45 now).  About 2 years ago, I started investing in Toppik and lots and lots of hats... fortunately I wear them well.

My new year…

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Added by Coco on January 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

11-year-old daughter just diagnosed with alopecia areata

hi.my name is sian and i have a 11 year old daughter who has just been diagnosed with alopecia areata....only found out about 3 weeks ago so it is still sinking in...i saw this website and thought it might be useful to be in contact with people who have the same thing in common..

Added by sian on January 11, 2014 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

BREATHE

I'm new to this site, but not to this condition. I've been dealing with this solo for 20 yeas. As I'm reading some of the posts, I can only say WOW. Wow because for all of these years I've felt like I was the only one . I'm feeling so relieved and excited to be able to share my thoughts and feelings. Its as if I've been awakened from a long dream or should I say nightmare. I look forward to going through the healing process with others. As I look around I just haven't seen anyone who looks…

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Added by Jordan on January 11, 2014 at 12:38am — No Comments

In search of the underlying cause

My alopecia started about 13 yrs ago with a dime size spot on the back of my scalp. I had a few more patches over the next 10 years and steroid injections would get the hair to regrow.  About 2 yrs ago I lost 60% of my scalp hair. I went on an anti-inflammatory diet and treated the scalp with betamethasone and rogaine and my hair came back. After 6 months it started shedding again and now I am totally bald. To make matters worse, I have lost all facial hair including eyebrows and eyelashes. …

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Added by BOB on January 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

New year, new challenges, new opportunities

As another year begins, my thoughts are on moving forward.  I don’t officially make resolutions but I do think of the past year and what changes I can make to improve my new year.

This year I’m going to continue working on three things:

Get off of auto-pilot.  Try to do things a bit differently every day.  For example, drive a different way to the store or anything that just makes me think before I act.

Be the change I want to see.  Many times I think of…

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Added by Cheryl, Co-founder on January 10, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Back online again

It's been a long time since my last visit here, and a long time since my last blog post. A lot of other things have kept me very busy; my study at uni (which I am almost done with already), work, projects, friends and moving to Sydney and back.

In my last blog post back in 2011 I mentioned that my bald spots were returning again which could be confronting at times in a society and age where everybody is focused on looks. Fortunately, after a while my hair started growing back again…

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Added by Lionel on January 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Has anyone ever tried or considered micro-pigmentation?

Ive heard of this a number of times but don't know much about it. Is it pricey? Whats it about?

Added by Connor013 on January 9, 2014 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

Changing my look

So for the past 6 months I've been wearing the same black scarf everywhere I go. Through a mutual friend I have now gotten a wig for a really great deal, but I'm not sure if I really want it. Everyone has been so eager to help me, which I am very grateful for, but I'm just not sure if I'm ready to completely change my look again. My friends and family have just now seem to be used to the scarf I wear. I don't get any stupid questions from people at school. If I start wearing this wig I feel…

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Added by Sarah on January 7, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

New hair

Here is a picture of me after getting my new hair cut and styled.  I got the Follea. and am very happy.  First time in a salon in years!!

Added by Michjo57 on January 6, 2014 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

Alopecia

Hi !

I am Mumtaz Amir from Pakistan having this disease for last about 20 years. I tried so many medical and other treatments but no result. One interesting thing is that i loose my hair from one point and after few months they again start growing. But anyways i am so much depressed due to this disease. I have lost my all charm of life and now i am an average man in my professional life although i was brighter student of my class. I dont know how to overcome this disease. Can any one…

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Added by Mumtaz Amir on January 6, 2014 at 2:24am — 1 Comment

New beginning

Today I turned 46. It's been a crazy year, to say the least. In September, I returned to school to continue pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. December 23rd marked 5 years since my children and I moved out to Colorado, and it's been almost a year since I went totally bald for the first time. I've attempted several times throughout the year to go back to wearing a wig, but every time I put one on, it just doesn't feel right any more. I get compliments all the time from people about how good…

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Added by BrendaW on January 5, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Managing stress

I'm writing this because I'm creative and a fighter.

Sometimes I have to remind myself of the things that make me.... ME. I had my hair fall out my head in high school and it wasn't until 4 years later that I realized that I had it way before then. But teen stress got the best of me. It was for those 4 years I was tested and pushed and cementing who I wanted to be as a person. Poetry and writing became a staple to maintaining my sanity and stress really low. Some people think that men…

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Added by Jason Wright on January 5, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Bald at work

We'll, I made it through my first day! 90% of my hair had fallen out so I shaved the rest off over the holidays. I went back to work yesterday. I was full of anxiety. I decided to send an email to the people I worked with most often so they wouldn't be shocked or think I had cancer. The response was uplifting and I even ate lunch in the cafeteria with two of my close friends. I never thought I could do it. But I did! Onto day two!

Added by Vicki on January 3, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

2013.

Last year, I shared with you all a blog post about my 2012. The year that my hair fell out. This year, although it's mainly about my year as a whole and not about alopecia I felt maybe some of you would like to read it. (you can follow my blog at www.learningtonurse.wordpress.com

I’ve never been a fan of new year’s, it’s a…

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Added by Kate on January 3, 2014 at 4:54am — No Comments

A special message just for you

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and wish you a happy new year. There is no way Alopecia World could be what it has become without input from individuals like you. The support, caring, triumphs and struggles that you have each shared through blogs, discussions, comments and videos on the site help a multitude of people every day. We do not have to struggle or be victorious alone; we have a place where we can encourage and be encouraged by others. Thank you for making my dream…

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Added by Alopecia World on January 2, 2014 at 4:47pm — 20 Comments

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