Lori M
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White fuzz

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marisa Nov 4, 2010. 7 Replies

My Eyebrows - Help!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mayte Aug 31, 2010. 28 Replies

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Wow.... Been married 22 years to the most awesome guy. We adopted a little girl from China February 08 so I am pretty blessed I would say!! My happiness was short lived because in April 2008 while I was supposed to be enjoying my new daughter I discovered a bald spot at the base of my neck. I was diagnose with Alopecia Areata. My world came crumbling down. I spent the year off with my daughter obsessing about getting the perfect wig before I went back to work in January 2009.

I didn't lose my hair all at once. I did shots for a year and then decided enough was enough. In september 2011 I shaved it all off what little was left.

It has been four years I have been living with Alopecia. There are good days and bad days but in the end I have discovered it is just hair.....

Don't think I will ever be comfortable going around bald in public but around home it is the norm. My hubby and beautiful daughter love me just the same..
Do you have alopecia?
Alopecia areata
Are you age 18 or older?
No - I am not 18 or older

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I did it! It's gone! Whoo-hoo!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 8:07am 3 Comments

Yes I did it....Last night I took the plunge and a razor and shaved my head. Well I had some help from the 3 glasses of wine I had at supper when we celebrated our wedding anniversary! What do you know the world didn't end! I didn't have much hair left anyways and what I did have left was pure white.... I wish that stuff would fall out! Nope the "Granny hair" wants to stay.... Fine off you go with a razor! Strangely liberating....

Now the wig feels scratchy and awful on the top of my… Continue


Posted on November 18, 2009 at 4:58pm 17 Comments

Yep as it says that is how I am feeling. I have been doing the wonderful steroid shots for almost a year now and the regrowth is now falling out. I just don't seem to be able to stop the shots and let it progress. I am soooooooooo frustrated with myself. Just suck it up and shave the stupid head. Nooooooooooo I keep hanging on to what little hair I have left which by the way is all different lengths because I get the shots every 8 weeks. I feel ugly without the wig....like a freak and am afraid… Continue

Definitely Worse Things Than Alopecia

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

Well first off sorry haven't been around. Between visits from in-laws that lasted almost a month and other things it just hasn't been possible.

This week I lost my grandmother. We buried her today. She passed away Tuesday morning at 11 am. I was out running around doing appointments and my parents called and left a message saying she was dying. Because my parents couldn't get a hold of me they got a hold of my husband who rushed home and gave me the sad news. She had died. The… Continue

Here we are a year later and just plain fed up

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 10:08am 8 Comments

Well here I am a year later after I discovered the very first bald spot......I still have hair but holy cow not that much..... I have to say this is the most frustrating thing I have ever been through in my life.

I went into wigs in January because the delightful bald spots were becoming too big... I have I am not sure of the correct term but the Ophiasis pattern? The hairloss is all the bottom of my head and the side kind of like a turban effect. Well at least that is how it started… Continue

Back At Work With New Hair

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 9:00pm 4 Comments

Well my year off with my daughter who I adopted from China is over.......I went back to work on Monday and I have to say YUCK.........It means the end of that period in my life which I will never repeat again. This time last year we only had a picture of our little girl who we named Lauren. We had information such as weight etc and age but that was it so the sky was the limit. We were stressed beyond belief because we had to figure out how to pack as little clothes for us as possible and as… Continue

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At 9:04pm on July 18, 2011, Tom Fitzgerald said…
Hey Lori.

My wife (also Lori) and I adopted through Children's Bridge. Our first daugher, now 10 yrs old, is from Chongqing and our youngest who is 8 yrs old is from Yulin, which is in northern Shaanxi. We've travelled with a few Ottawa families through our journeys to China.

We live in Newmarket and are lucky to live in a pretty strong China adoption area -- the girls even have class mates who are adopted from China.

We're in the midst of planning a homeland tour for May 2012 and can't wait to get back and visit China!
At 10:35pm on February 10, 2011, cathy clark said…
Hello Lori- Nice to hear from you.I usually live in Ottawa but am in the US for a few months. I now wear an older Indian Remy Yaffa-that I had cut down by Aaron at Studio B on Bank St in the Glebe-she runs a funky little salon and is not afraid to cut wigs- I am so -oo- way out of that age range-I am retired now-but she was great to work with and didn't make me feel "too old".
I also wear a very short Milano EHH wig-that I bought from a vendor in Montreal.Milano is one of the Brooklyn Jewish companies that make good quality EHH wigs-but with very standard caps. But not many make short wigs.
Allegria in Toronto also can do a short wig but none of those companies are able to get much blond hair-so I had to get highlights added to make the hair look more blond.
I am not interested in vacuum wigs because I get so hot so haven't really got into any chats about them-although I know they get really good quality EHH.
I don't trust Continental in TO because of their prices-they were bad in 1969 and I don't think they are any better now. Also, because I wear short hair I find most vendors aren't too interested in working with me.

I loved your comment once about the place on Merivale Road-way too expensive and not too user friendly. She doesn't take to me because I have been wearing wigs for 40 years so I know a lot more than she would like me to.She charged me $175 to cut a wig because I had not bought it from her.
Of course a lot of the time I wear synthetic wigs-for convenience. I buy from Kathy Tonkin who helps moderate the wigsupport forum and also sells wigs.
So that's it for me-maybe I will do some more wig shopping while I am in the US -not sure.I love the pics of your daughter-my younger brother adopted a girl from China- she is amazing-now a real lovely, opinionated, talented and fun 14 year old.She has brought so much joy into his life.
BTW- I am hopeless with this type of forum-I find it confusing so hope I am doing the right thing for a response.
At 7:05pm on January 10, 2011, Denise said…
HI, Thank you for your input on the white hair thing. I now just keep it shaved , it is less to deal with. I have 2 long real hair wigs as in my pic, then 2 med ones same basic colors. then 2 really short ones dark brown, (I only wear these 2 at home) not in front of strangers, Just my immediate family, it is hard for people to know I am bald, they forget so that is cool.

Well have a great day and oh ya , your daughter is beautiful.

talk soon Denise,
At 8:42pm on November 4, 2010, Tallgirl said…
Thanks! That's not to say that I have a good day EVERY day...but, about alopecia, I've gotten to a good place! :)
At 9:40pm on October 4, 2010, Bald and Fabulous AKA Terri said…
thanks.... im liking the tatt too. I wanted something as a reminder that hair was not all that I was about and something that looks cool when i look at my head. LOL
I hope everything is good with you
At 2:46pm on August 16, 2010, Shannon said…
Hi Lori,
Just checking in since we live so close to each other. I've been reading a few of your posts and I've read about the eyebrows. I can relate. I've lost almost all of one eyebrow and the eyelashes on one eye. (On opposite eyes if you can believe that!) I shave my head now and I'm waiting (6 months!) on my Freedom Wig. I kinda wish it would all just go if it's going. I actually don't have hair on my arms and legs now. What do you call this? AA? AT? AU? I have a strong feeling that all of the eyebrows and eyelashes will go soon. There's been no regrowth now in 8 months. Hope things are okay with you. Shannon
At 10:38am on August 15, 2010, Lynn said…
I actually just finally got my passport so I'm ready to go! I'm very worried because I'm afraid to spend a lot of $$ and not like it! Do they guarantee at all? Why didn't you go back with it and tell them you didn't like it? That's hard to do though, the human hair wig I bought online and brought to a wig stylist...she ruined and I can't even wear it...it's that bad...and I never went back. It's hard because she was super excited about the job she did and it was horrible!

Oh and by the way, I read your post about eyebrows and I'm in the same boat. My right eyebrow is almost gone and the left one is starting to thin. I bought the temp tattoo ones and they look horrible, especially if you still have some hairs left there. They're cheap enough, but didn't work out for me anyway.
So, I'm penciling. And that isn't working that great either since one swipe and poof, gone. I realize now, we unconsciously wipe our faces!

I think anything you glue on too would still need you to have none left. Ugh IDK.
At 6:18pm on July 17, 2010, Linda said…
how R you. have not ben on for long time. Just wanted to touch base.
At 11:57am on June 17, 2010, Lynn said…
Hi Lori. I was reading one of your blogs about your hair piece and wanted to know if you ever did end up at Continental. After buying a human hair wig from online and then having a hairdresser cut/color it, I've decided no more of this $%#@ stuff! After $650, I look like Garth from Wayne's world. I won't even wear it. So, I wanted to know what you thought of Continental because I'm in the process of getting my passport so I can get up there!
At 7:59am on June 3, 2010, Julia McDowell said…
Come and meet up for coffee and chat at Timothy's, College Square, Baseline Road on Wed, June 23rd at 7:00 pm.

Love to see you there!



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