Tamara's Blog (27)

Lost an eyebrow, but still gaining hair and painful lymph nodes

I was sitting at my desk on wednesday when I looked down and saw what I thought were a bunch of eyelashes on my desk... my eyelashes shed a lot, but they have never been completely missing. I grabbed my mirror out of my purse and saw that I lost half of my left eyebrow, on my work desk. I have NEVER had it happen that fast before. My hair on my head fell out in spots in months, not all at one time. But apparently I rubbed my eyebrow the wrong way, because it was right in front of me on my desk!… Continue

Added by Tamara on September 30, 2011 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Luck with Biotin?

So I don't know if this is just a coincidence or not, but I read on here about someone taking biotin, so I did some research on it and I've been taking it for a little over a month now. I dont want to get my hopes up, but I currently have ZERO bald spots and my thick hair is growing in! Also my nails stopped peeling and breaking once they got some length to them. Has anyone else had luck with Biotin? I'm definitely making sure I take it every morning and just hoping for the best! I posted a… Continue

Added by Tamara on September 15, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

9/02/10 - 9/02/11

Today is exactley a year since I shaved my head. A year ago today I took control over something that I was letting control me and depress me. This year has been full of a LOT of downs...breaking my foot, vertigo, missing 3 months of work, and doctor bills coming out of everywhere, and losing my boyfriend of 3 years because he wasn't attracted to me without my hair. But out of all the bad I do have good...a loving family that is ALWAYS there for me and supports me, and a new amazing boyfriend… Continue

Added by Tamara on September 2, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments


So I haven't written in a while, so I thought I would do a update. My vertigo is GONE, but the migraines still come and go. But I'm happy I'm back to work and going about my "normal" life again...

My Alopecia isn't quite sure what it wants to do. It was all growing in, then I had huge bald spots, then it all grew in, then I had more huge bald spots. So I have stuck with shaving it really low every 3-4 days, and using on-scalp bleach to become a blonde. It hides my bald spots really… Continue

Added by Tamara on August 11, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Alopecia accepting guys are pretty awesome :)

So for those who don't know, my boyfriend of almost 3 years and I broke up back in Feb or March, because he couldn't accept me bald (I shaved the rest off in Sept '10). That hurt a lot, kind of temporarily damaging my self esteem. Well I've had this great guy friend that before I met my ex, I was kind of interested in more than a friend, but he didn't seem interested, and things just happened as they did. Well he asked me out on a date earlier this week, which was kind of shocking to me, but I… Continue

Added by Tamara on June 24, 2011 at 9:27am — 21 Comments

Hello again...

Hey everyone! Feel like its been a while again, This vertigo has got me everywhere. I'm finally doing better. Not dizzy all day, but now have no muscle in my body and I'm trying to get that back. Loving the pool in the backyard for my work-outs. Everything is pretty much the same for me, just getting out of bed and trying to get back on my feet again and hopefully return to work by the end of this month!! Hope everyone is well!

Added by Tamara on June 6, 2011 at 7:58pm — 2 Comments

I really need something positive in my life

So I think the vertigo has about run its course, I just get random spins that last like 15 seconds, which I can deal with. The migraines are finally lessening with the meds I take everyday. I have to go on the 5th to have a MRA on my brain with contrast, because my neurologist wants to check the blood vessels in the back of my neck. On top of that, today, May 2nd, marks 4 years since my dad passed away. I have for the past 4 years went to Arlington cemetery on the day he passed and his… Continue

Added by Tamara on May 2, 2011 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Vertigo and missing this website!

So most of you know I went to get my thyroid tested (came back negative) but on March 31st while at work I spun in my chair to get up and ended up spinning, standing up, and going down to the floor. In the ER that night I was diagnosed with a lovely case of Vertigo. For those of you that don't know what it is, it is explains by wiki:

"is a type of dizziness, where there is a feeling of motion when one is stationary. The symptoms are due to a dysfunction of the vestibular system in… Continue

Added by Tamara on April 27, 2011 at 5:40pm — 9 Comments

Not sure what to do

So I have been bald since 09/02/10 and haven't worn a wig (except on Halloween) and I don't wear scarves. I have random strangers coming up to me telling me how beautiful I am and how well I pull off my "haircut". Well last night my step father says to me "Maybe you should buy a wig to wear when you go out with Jeremy (my boyfriend). He might feel uncomfortable being out with you without your hair, you should really think about his feelings." First off, I have NO idea where that came from. My… Continue

Added by Tamara on February 28, 2011 at 9:11am — 8 Comments

Well, that wasn't very nice

So as I said in my past blog, my hair is gone again. People at my job for the most part all know I have Alopecia, I can't give it to them, and I don't hide my head under scarves and hats and wigs, its just not me. I'm comfortable with myself and the way I look...so anyways I work in the mailroom of a large government building, so I see lots of people a day. This guy from our IT department, that I see a LOT since hes 2 offices down from me and is always shipping computer equipment, came in and… Continue

Added by Tamara on February 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

Bald again...Bald again

So if you saw my last blog post, I had this lovely re-growth going on, only 1 or 2 bald spots, I was quite excited. WELL...fast forward to last week and I found a few more. I was kind of upset, but said 'Oh well, luckily my hair is only an inch long, not to the middle of my back like last time'. It was all different lengths, and it looked like I let my 1 year old niece cut my hair. So I pulled out the buzzers and did the 1/2 inch guard. BIG mistake! I found so many more bald spots that were… Continue

Added by Tamara on February 7, 2011 at 10:23am — 7 Comments

A broken foot to go along with it!

So I'm still losing more hair, and definitely not excited about it, and on top of it, I broke my foot tuesday night!! I was walking down the stairs and tripped on my moms shoes she had on the stairs and fell 4 steps to the wood floor. Somehow I made it through the rest of the night with no problem, but then woke up wednesday morning in a LOT of pain with lots of bruises. My mom took me to the ER and sure enough, I broke a bone and tore quite a few things as well. So now I'm stuck in this space… Continue

Added by Tamara on January 24, 2011 at 10:43am — 7 Comments

Short-lived excitement

So more and more bald spots are appearing on my head. That thick hair I put pictures of on my last blog, its not like that so much. The whole top is thinning out and I have small bald spots all around the sides of my head. Im honestly just ticked off right now and just done with this whole thing.

Added by Tamara on January 17, 2011 at 5:05pm — 22 Comments

Shocked! Wow! Holy cow!

So I have NO idea what happened, but my patchy barely there hair that I shaved off, has grown in so think and I have only 1 bald spot! Every morning I wake up with bed head and have to wet it to make it stay down, and it feels AMAZING that I have to do that. I am still missing the tail-end of my left eyebrow, but I don't even care about it! I have HAIR, I have A LOT of hair!! I haven't gone to the dermatologist, I haven't done anything. I know there is still that chance that it will fall out… Continue

Added by Tamara on January 7, 2011 at 10:30am — 26 Comments

Dealing with mean people

I've always said I needed the bumper stick that says, "Mean People Suck". Not to get too into the whole background of the situation, but my step-father has a not so nice daughter that lives in Texas (we live in Virginia) who only talks to him when she needs money. My step dad Rick has had enough of it and told her so yesterday. Now I've only met his daughter 2 times in person, but we have texted off and on for a few years. I lost my dad in 2007 and was kind of pushing Rick to have some kind of… Continue

Added by Tamara on December 7, 2010 at 10:12am — 14 Comments

"I like that hair cut"

So I know a lot of you get the cancer question a lot, but I keep getting the "I love your hair cut" and "wow, I would NEVER be that bold to cut off all my hair!" Well my hair was down to the middle of my back not too long ago, and if it was up to me, I wouldnt have this hair cut! A delivery driver just came to my work, NEVER seen him in my life, and the first thing he says is, "Hey...I like the hair cut". I guess I should feel good that people actually like me looking like Sinead O'Conner with… Continue

Added by Tamara on November 15, 2010 at 2:16pm — 13 Comments

Falling back out

So my head has started itching more since I've been letting my hair grow in and I just went to scratch the back of my head and found that 2 of the spots where I had re-growth, are completely bald again :( I've been Ok with being bald, I haven't cried once. But I think now its just getting REALLY ridiculous. It teases me with beautiful re-growth, only to make it to like an inch and then start falling out again. I told myself not to get excited about it, I should learn to listen to myself a… Continue

Added by Tamara on October 28, 2010 at 11:05am — 10 Comments

Missing my Dad on his birthday

Today would be my Dad's 53rd birthday. He passed away May 2007 at the age of 49, just 5 months from his 50th. I think about him every day and miss him like crazy. I bought him a card yesterday and filled the whole inside with everything thats happened in 3 years. The ups, the downs, the hair loss, his beautiful grand daughter, and I couldn't help but cry thinking about everything thats happened and I wish he was there to be part of. I think about my… Continue

Added by Tamara on October 19, 2010 at 12:45pm — 6 Comments

So NOW you want to grow back

So yesterday I went to re-apply some eyeliner and noticed hair growing over my new tattooed eyebrows, I have like 4 eyebrow hairs going in, and they are thick dark brown like the rest! I cheered (silently of course, I was at work) and was so excited I e-mailed my mom "MY CATERPILLERS ARE GROWING BACK!!" Definitely cool to see the hairs coming back in. Luckily though if those hairs decide to fall back out, theres a lovely tattoo underneath it. But That kind of made my day yesterday!!

Added by Tamara on September 22, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

It's about to be raining on my bald head

So this is going to be pretty short and random. Its 2 weeks ago today that I shaved my head, and the first day since then that it has rained. I was told rain feels really good on a bald head by like 4 different people. I asked if it was like taking a shower...but I was told no, its different, LOL I don't see how, but soon, I will find out. I feel like a dork, but I cannot wait for work to be over so I can walk to my car and feel rain on my bald head, LOL. Oh the little things in life that bring… Continue

Added by Tamara on September 16, 2010 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments


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