|Julie has left some incredibly wonderful, helpful, heartfelt comments on this blog and now she is sharing her story. Here it is:|
For 10 long and arduous years, I’ve suffered from female pattern baldness. At 17, the pain of looking at myself in the mirror caused major depression and my health continued on a downward spiral. My gynecologist prescribed some birth control to regulate my periods and my acne, but the condition worsened. Soon, I was also put on anti-depressants, because I got depressed from the acne and hair loss…then, I couldn’t sleep at night because of the medication that I had to take for my hair loss and acne, and the depression because of my hair loss and acne! Phew! breath…so you see! After 10 years of tests and the determination I had in figuring out my problem, I figured the problem was bad practice of medicine. Well, 10 years ago is different and 10 years from now, answers will be different.
Working in retail with spotlights gleaming on my shiny scalp resulted in stares and inspections from nosy customers. No one understood the shock and devastation of losing clumps of hair. My self-esteem and confidence hit an all time low when after ten years of experimenting with a wide variety of solutions failed to provide the most security and comfort. I wore tight, sweat-inducing, smelly wigs that heightened my paranoia, living in the windy city; the elements became my worst enemy. Wearing wigs and pieces hindered my normal active lifestyle of working out, swimming, and simply just dating! You can’t completely feel comfortable knowing that you might be the victim of shame and embarrassment, or judged by appearance. Image mattered to me, hair made me feel more complete as a girl blossoming to womanhood; soon it eventually challenged and shattered my broadcasting dreams. Suddenly, the holidays just felt lonelier, and so did I with my hair
I realized I had spent enough time and money wearing wigs, pieces and millions of over-promising, under-delivering solutions that seemed too noticeable. I needed a better explanation but I knew it wasn’t out there. I eventually just got used to wearing the wigs and when I’m financially secure enough to bond something on my scalp, I will. Until then, I’m having fun trying different styles, achieving looks I never would have with my own hair. I use different barrettes and styles all the time so I don’t get bored with it…if you need any advice or tips/suggestions or just someone to talk to, i’m here…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I encourage other women to also share their story, it feels good to put your story out there and have it be read by other women (you can read my story here) who are experiencing the same thing. We can all learn a lot from each other, it so much more than just finding treatments that work, we can learn how to be strong, how others have dealt with their hair loss situation and hopefully become better for it. If you want to email you story, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org