15yrs ago my life changed!! I went from a bubbly out going full of life 21yr old to a nervous wreck who was afraid to leave the house! I lost all my HAIR!! It fell out in huge clumps. I tried hiding it till I had no option but to shave the remaining hair off! My self esteem hit rock bottom. I had little support from GP as at the end of the day "It's only hair" or that was their opinion! People's attitudes changed towards me, the nudges stares and looks of pity was all to much to handle!! Some people quizzed me publicly and was once embarrassed in a class full of students at Uni.
Things got worse I became very depressed and started having panic attacks, then lost my eye brows my lashes and my nails started growing in ragged and rough, I felt I'd lost my femininity. Over the years I've kept my Alopecia a sort of secret hiding under wigs big fringes the like, only my closest friends and family knowing what I was going through.
Couple of month ago I met an amazing woman Cristina from Remake up in Glasgow she gave me a wonderful gift .... my expressions back!!! In the form of beautiful microbladed eyebrows. She's doing a sort of social study looking into the impact hair loss has on people and offering people like me semi permanent make up free that she's managed to get funding for! I also got a beautiful real hair wig from A&A hair studios in Edinburgh yesterday and was so overwhelmed I feel like me again!!! Im happy, I feel confident in my own skin for the first time in years....I'M ME!!
Cristina's study planted a seed and I have decided to try and start my own blog and I try help raise awareness and maybe try raise a bit of money to help others!!! It's not "Just Hair" it's life changing!!
Im out the Alopecia closet!!!!
I want to thank my family and my best friends for letting me get here at my own pace even if it's been 15yrs lol and all your support over the years!!! Onwards and upwards from now on!!!!"