OOTD: A new dress and alopecia.

March 2, 2011

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Dress: Primark *** Shoes: Dunnes *** Accessories: Primark *** Legging shorts(underneath): Forever 21

This dress looks ridiculously short, and it kind of is, but I don't think it looks quite as bad in person. It has been sitting in my closet since December and i'm trying to wear my clothes that still have tags on, rather than leaving them sitting around! The ruffles and cute bow on this dress are what sucked me in, because the fit is off. I can't blame the dress though - I don't like to wear dresses that are fitted in the waist because my waist and midsection is awkward. I usually have to pull the dresses up much higher than they should be. Its a cute dress, even though my habit of buying things because they are cute (rather than because they fit good) is bad!

This week has been so hectic. I have turned into one of those bloggers who don't reply to their readers, i'm afraid! Its not on purpose, once I get settled into my new house I will have more free time to start coming online again. I haven't even began to pack my things yet! I painted my room twice earlier this week but I need to give it a third coat tomorrow. Yesterday I went to pick out my flooring, it only took trips to about 10 different stores but I found the perfect one eventually. We are *supposed* to be moving in on Sunday although i'm predicting it will be a few days later.

I went to see my doctor again yesterday about my hair. Before I talk about that - I don't like to get too personal on my blog (if you guys hadn't noticed!) I'm fine with sharing little bits about myself but I don't think the internet needs to know my every move or that I went out and partied and got so drunk I passed out in my friends house. It doesn't really have a place in my blog so I just don't write about it. I don't mind talking about this hair problem though because I have quite a lot of readers and i'm sure at least one person who stumbles upon my blog is going through something similar.
I mentioned my hair problem to my old doctor and she said straight away "its your diet and nutrition" - no tests, nothing. That was a couple of months ago and my hair isn't getting any better so I switched to a new doctor and boy am I glad that I did! Well, the news about my hair isn't too good but its lovely to have a doctor who doesn't blame everything on being overweight (infact we had a giggle when he weighed me and said "thats fine!" afterwards, I had to mention how impressive it was for a doctor to say that!)
So, my hair problem..its genetic, I have alopecia. He said we can probably reverse it short term, but we can't make it go away forever. He did lots of blood tests and I have to go back for the results in a month when I finish some of the medication he gave me. I was also prescribed Cerazette which is a form of birth control which will stop my "lady time" every month (huzzah! See, there's a positive side to everything!) The reason being that I may be losing too much iron. Hopefully there won't be any serious side effects with it.
I know the last time I mentioned my hair problems a lot of you ladies left sweet comments about how my hair looks fine, but I don't include closeups of my hair accessories on my head for a reason! Its very thin. Anyways, I will be sure to write about my progress with my hair and finding what works for me because it may help someone else. If anyone is going through something similar and would like to talk, my email address is in the sidebar!

xoxo

50 comments:

  1. I know what it's like to go the Dr and feel like they're just going to say 'It's because you're overweight' every single time. Can I give you a few suggestions? I'm anaemic and VERY anaemic, my body rejects Iron and won't store it, so a big problem there. I'm no dr but I find this helps, of course take an iron supplement as I'm sure your Dr has prescribed, but always take it with a glass of orange juice (OJ helps you absorb Iron). Try a children's calcium tablet, they are usually in gummy bear form and I find they really help pep me up when I'm feeling tired due to no iron. Also, these foods are really high in iron; eggs, hummus, nuts, cereal and dark chocolate. I've been like this for years now and have a lot of health problems so if you ever want any help suggestions or chat just mail me! I know how distressing it is and how it can feel like the end of the world.

    Jade x

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  2. Your outfit looks amazing and you look adorable on the second photo!!

    About the alopecia,i have heard of it for a long time now and i'm sorry to know you have it.I have been thinking about being tested because honestly the whole front of my hair is very thin and it makes me very uncomfortable with using certain hairstyles,started when i was 14 and ever since then never grew as imensly strong as it was before and i feel like something is wrong. Hope you can deal with it,dear,i can imagine how much it suck.
    *hugs*

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  3. @ Jade - I haven't began taking an iron supplement yet, my DR said he won't put me on one until the test results come back. (Which i'm kind of glad about as I already take 4 vitamin pills a day and 3 other pills so I feel like a bit of junkie!) I am not sure which supplement he will give me but unfortunately most children supplements (and many adult ones too) contain gelatin which I don't eat/consume. I also don't eat eggs but I can definitely eat more of the others! Thank you so much for the help! xoxo

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  4. My friend has alopecia and I know she finds it quite upsetting, I really hope the pill helps. I think it is great your sharing this part of your personal life because I imagine it will help a lot of girls.
    On another not I don't think the dress is too short but then again I like my short dresses :) why not show of the pins. Also your skin is always so clear and gorgeous in your photos! So envious :). xx

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  5. Thanks Tara!

    @ Joana - My hair is similar to yours! I don't have any patches or anything. Its just thin all over but especially noticeable at the front. Oh and I lose a lot of hair every time I brush it :( I also never style my hair differently because of it. When i'm at home I like to bend my head over, grab all of my hair, then tie it in a messy bun on the top of my head because that kind of covers the top of my head and I won't have to look at it.. :( My aunt had alopecia and got injections for it, she lost patches of hair but now her hair is fine. I hope they can do something for me even though mine is thin all over!

    xoxo

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  6. You have the cutest clothes ever! I hope that your hair condition gets better! x

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  7. @ Jean - Thank you! I wasn't sure if I would feel comfortable telling the whole world (okay, not the WHOLE world, but a lot of people) about this, but I think if something i'm going through can help someone else it will be worth it. If we are going to struggle at times in our lives, we might as well make similar situations easier for others! :)

    And thank you for the compliment on my skin! I'm lucky that I rarely break out but today my forehead is covered in zits, thankfully a thick layer of concealer and MAC foundation covered them! hehe.

    xoxo

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  8. Okay first of all, the outfit is too cute.
    I love colors, ruffles and bow and everything.
    And I'm proud to say that I have the same shoeeeess :)
    Next, I'm new at blogging so I haven't read your entire blog, but now that I'm following, I read it so far. About hair problem - I'm scared now, couse I have the same problem. My hair is thin, but I always thought it's because I die my hair in black every month for past 3 years.
    Now that you mention, I'm losing iron as well cause when I did my blood test past months my iron was a bit lower. :/
    Do you think I should do more tests ?

    Sorry for my bad English.. :/
    xoxo

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  9. i'm sorry to hear that you have alopecia, i only heard about it recently and i heard that gail porter (?maybe) had it and it was really upsetting for her. I hope you find a medication that works for you, although it sounds like you have a great doctor there so keep hold of her! I've been messed around so many times with doctors, you have to really be demanding and come off as a bossy bitch at our surgery to get what you want! It's mad.
    Personally I can't see why it would be down to your weight and diet? My sister has really thin hair but she isn't big really. On the other hand, my dad is 58, very big and still has really thick hair, no greys or patches, nothing!

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  10. I get times that my hair starts growing little new hairs in the front and i go all happy,next month they all fall again. Brushing my hair is impossible i get hand fulls of hair every i do so and i feel so very scared. I used to have very strong hair as a child and yearly teen then i started with a depression and bad alimentation and my hair started falling and never grew back. Now i face this problem http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5909/april21copy.jpg (those 'entries' are so very clear) and sometimes bother me badly when my brother mocks me and says i'm going bald. Advice on this point is that don't let people bring you down because of that, it's the worse you can listen to!
    I tie my hair a lot too mostly at home,i try to avoid it on the street even if my friends say i look great in it,i don't feel confident enough because i look at myself in the mirror and see all of those places with such thin hair and i feel terrified.
    I knew this girl who ended up shaving her head,getting the injection and wearing a wig as her hair grew back,now she had normal,perfect,strong hair,so i hope your problem can have that outcame,i am rooting for you,dear!

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  11. @ Melody - If it has gotten thinner maybe you could mention it to your doctor, you have nothing to lose right? Better to be safe than sorry anyways!

    @ Maria - With my old doctor - everything was because of my weight/diet (I'm a vegetarian and the only dairy I eat is cheese) She wouldn't even do tests, just assume whatever sickness it was, was related to my weight or not getting enough vitamins because I don't eat meat. When I found out my b12 levels were low, she prescribed me a total different vitamin! I brought it to another doctor and he shook his head at it.
    My new doctor is a vegan, he took the time to ask me what I eat and he was the first doctor that actually weighed me! I was also sitting a few feet away from him while we were talking and he told me he could see the hair problem from there - my old doctor said it "looked fine". Fingers crossed that something will help anyways!

    @ Joana - Not trying to scare you but based on that picture I think you should ask your doctor about it. It doesn't look patchy, just that the hair is very thin, same problem as me. So it could be alopecia or it could be something smaller and easy treated like lacking certain vitamins. Oh and it sounds like we have the same brother, when i'm at home my brother loves to poke fun at my hair!

    xoxo

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  12. Not scaring me,i plan on doing it,i'm just scared myself of the result,mostly if it's genetic and i can't stop it,which my mother keeps saying it's,however she was born a full light blonde,and blondes are known for having thin hair in most cases and i'm not blonde,so i hope this has a possible treatment,i take my hair too serious. Other part of me is afraid to take things to make my hair grow stronger because,we talked about this once on twitter,i have too much strong hair all over my body and it bothers me,i'm just afraid it will grow even stronger, but i'll definately talk about this with my doctor,he's the sweeters person and i knew we'll find a solution for this,is there's one. Thanks a lot,dear. I think that what you did,sharing your problem,showed a hell load of courage from your part and i'm sure you can help a lot of people that relate to it,like me. =)
    Why brothers are always like that? I don't get it.I keep saying it's because mine is 16 and he's on that very stupid phase of teenagehood!!

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  13. I hope you get it sorted out anyways hon! If it makes you feel any better, the pill my doctor put me on yesterday is going to help me grow more hair and he said I may also get extra body hair. It does bother me but.. to me, its a small price to pay for getting my hair (on my head..) in better condition! Just think of it that way even if your DR puts you on something similar, you can get Veet to take care of everything else :) I already remove alllll of my body hair so its just a little extra work every so often! xoxo

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  14. super cute dress! great find :) looks perfect for you.

    http://carizzachua.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh that's really horrible to hear, I hope it sorts itself out :) I had a girl in my class at school who had alopecia, and they didn't know why exactly, but a few years later and she's got a lovely head of hair again.
    One other suggestion, and totally ignore me if you want, but maybe a new hair style might be an option? Just getting a hair cut always makes people feel better and you never know, your hairdresser might be able to suggest something that could really help with the problem and give you a real boost of confidence. Just a suggestion, ignore me if you're happy with your style the way it is!

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  16. Hello :)
    I've never posted before but I have had alopecia and thought I would post some encouraging news!

    When I was 11 (I am now 21) almost all the hair on the right side of my head fell out, and some on the left. I went to the doctors with my mum and it was diagnosed, and they thought the alopecia was triggered by stress (I was bullied in primary school). I saw a child psychologist and also given anti-anxiety medicine. My hair grew back in just under 2 years. Nobody in my family has ever had alopecia and I have never had it back since.

    I now have a full head of hair but with what looks like a receding hairline at the edges by the ears which embarrasses me A LOT, but I'm used to it by now. I have a fringe and I NEVER wear my hair scraped into a pony tail because it would show the side parts where the hair is thin, even though its not a big part that looks 'receding' it still bothers me.


    I hope your problem goes away too :) Good luck & best wishes. xxx

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  17. P.S. I remember also being given a cream to rub onto it...possibly steriod?

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  18. hey :) sorry to hear about your hair problems - your hair *does* always look gorgeous though! I really hate it when Dr's just blame everything on being overweight, as if there couldn't be any other possible problems for other things!
    I just wanted to say that I am on Cerazette birth control pill and, for me at least, its completely fine - no side effects at all for me such as mood swings and weight gain (as can be the case!), just the added bonus of no monthly visits ;) just thought I'd give my opinion on it in case you were worried about side effects hehe xx

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  19. P.P.S I actually do not even know how I forgot to mention this!! When I was 14 my right eyebrow fell out but it started growing back immediately and is totally fine now :) sorry for all the P.S's! I hope you get sorted out and try to be positive!

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  20. I am also having issues with my hair thinning. My dermatologist has me trying Betaderm Valerate for the next few months to a year. It's a lotion that is applied to my worst spots. I have been using it for two months now, but I have yet to notice a difference. I guess I'm impatient, but I've already dealt with it for so long and a year to see if a medication works sounds so long. :(

    While it's nice to know I'm not alone with the thinning hair/hair loss, I hate that others have to go through it. It's probably one of the worst health problems I've dealt with since it has affected me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here's hoping our hair starts looking its best soon!

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  21. So glad you shared this hun, I think a lot of girls have it. Mine was really bad as a kid, it's not so bad now but it's very fine. The thing is that hair does not make you, and there's ways of working around it.I love this outfit and I think with or without hair you would still be gorgeous xxx

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  22. Cute outfit, I love your dress! I hope your new doctor and the medication help you :)

    <3 Principessa Gabriella

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  23. That dress is adorable. I am sorry to hear about the alopecia. I hope you find a treatment that works for you. You look beautiful!

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  24. I'm sorry to hear that you have Alopecia, but you know what? I'm really glad that you figured out what's going on. Nothing is worse than feeling like something is wrong but having no idea what it is.
    I really hope that the treatments will work for you (even if it's short-term).

    Keep up the good work with the blog!
    -T

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  25. ohh i hope you can get something sorted with your hair, you poor thing i've heard of that before and it sounds quite awful! on a happier note, lovely skirt and my gosh your skin is so nice! every time i see your photos i'm wowed over you skin :) xo

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  26. I really have a love/hate relationship with doctors lately. I hate how they just dismiss things out of hand and either blame it on something or not really bother. My mom has been ill for a while now, and they kept sending her away saying she had ibs etc and then last thursday she was rushed in to hospital with acute pacreatitis, she has to have an operation and was really ill. I really hope the meds can help you hun, I had a friend who lost all his hair at 19, I know in a way it must be easier for men, but he has worn a hat ever since, but girs sort of rely on their hair don't they. Hopefully they have caught it in time and it won't get that bad. Hugs xxxx

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  27. love that dress it looks lovely on you :) X

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  28. 1. you look always super-cute
    2. if you are overweight your doctor shouldnt lie you about it
    3. overweight makes you tired, even if have enough iron
    4. good luck, hope you will be fine and your hair healthy
    5. docttors are not perfect, if you are not satisfied with yours, dont be affraid to change
    6.MANY ilnesses are caused by overweight, dont bame doctors

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  29. you have fantastic legs!
    I know that your hair problem will be really upsetting for you but i think it's awesome you've talked about it on here & seem so positive about getting it sorted etc! great attitude! also really glad you've found an awesome doctor who isn't dismissive about your worries!
    chin up lovely xo

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  30. You and your hair are beautiful and you always put together amazing outfits!

    Miranda
    www.indcfashion.com

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  31. Ah honey, I'm sorry to hear that about your hair. But in the pics, it really does look lovely and healthy. Also have I told you before, what great pins you have? Envious! x

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  32. I really hope you manage to get your hair sorted hun, fingers crossed the Dr's can make it better again. Glad you've found a nice Dr who doesn't judge and will actually listen and help, it seems they are hard to find!
    xx

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  33. Regardless, I still think you are immensely beautiful both outside and within. This dress and those platform pumps are super cute! Your beauty dazzles in yet another blog post. I don't know how many guys normally comment on your blog, but I'm surely a fellow who loves your sense of style. My best wishes are with you in all phases of life. Take care!

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  34. Your outfit looks excellent. I'm pleased to hear the doctor change has meant you are finding a solution to your hair - although I have to say, it always looks amazing, so don't worry too much!

    -vicki!
    http://snseandsnsibility.blogspot.com/

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  35. Love the dress - you have lovely legs so you shouldn't worry about it being short! :)
    hope the medication helps you out!! xxx

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  36. i love the whole outfit, and i hope you manage to get somewhere re: your hair, but i have to say it really isn't something i notice in the pics..

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  37. I lost a lot of hair from an iron deficiency. It felt horrible seeing how much was falling out every day. using the pill didnt work for me but taking iron tablets and looking after myself did and a lot of time later my hair is finally beginning to look better! So don't worry these things get better and its good you have found it early. your hair looks lovely anyway and no one would even notice!

    www.anigolightly.blogspot.com

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  38. your hair actually looks lovely in this photo. id keep clipping it back the way you have it and may be get it cut because the ends just dont look healthy. You can tell your hair is thin but if you got rid of the ends and clip it back id say it would look much thicker. Also try to keep your hair healthy.

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  39. A girl I work with, who's becoming somewhat of a close friend to me, has alopecia. She was almost completely bald at one stage, and had to wear a wig. She's been getting injections for a few years and her hair is coming on amazingly.

    And by the way, I've enjoyed reading your blog so much, I nominated you for an award. I don't know if you accept them or not, but if you do, tip on over to my blog to accept it!

    xo

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  40. Lush outfit, those shoes are gorgeous! I think your hair looks lovely to be honest but I know compliments don't take away the problem. I hope the meds help to reverse it in the short term like you mentioned. Try not to let it effect your confidence. Atleast you finally have answers =]!

    Love J.
    http://bon-vivant-clique.blogspot.com/

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  41. I love your blog - i've just become a follower :)

    Im new to the blogging world and would appreciate someone like you following my blog

    - CupcakesCocktailsCouture

    X

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  42. Love that necklace you look lovely as always :)

    xx, Leah.

    http://hapiness-love-music.blogspot.com

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  43. you look lovely as always! I hope the medication you're on helps, one of my mum's friends has alopecia and I honestly wouldn't have even known if she'd not told me!

    And I know what you mean about sharing problems on the internet, I personally wouldn't like to either...but whatever floats your boat and all that!

    Emma x

    http://www.handbagstogladrags.com/

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  44. I have alopecia too, though mine isn't horrible, just my hair is very, very thin. My dad has alopecia totalis, so he doesn't have ANY hair at all. No eyelashes, no eyebrows, no nothing. My brother also has alopecia, and his is big bald patches on his head. Luckily he can just shave it and get away with it.

    I've tried iron supplements, shots, and tons of other things but so far nothing has worked except oddly enough prenatal vitamins. My hair is a tad thicker, though it refuses to grow. Sigh.

    Hang in there and know you're not alone!

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  45. I've just discovered your blog and I'm in awe. I also have alopecia areata and I've had it since I was 15 (I'm 27 now). I have almost no hair at the back of my head and not much on the sides. I was so devastated when it started and I went to so many doctors who all had something different to say. I was given injections, steroids, the lot. All to no avail. The majority of people who get alopecia areata regain all of their hair within 2 years so the chances are looking good for you. Unfortunately, this didn't happen for me but I have noticed some of the hair on my sides growing back in the last year. I've also had some hair growing back at the back of my hair but it's grown back totally grey :-S
    I don't like to complain though because I'm lucky it's at the back of my hair, not at the front and I could have alopecia totalis.

    Sorry to ramble but I just wanted to let you know that you'll be fine. No matter what happens you'll find yourself coping with it in ways you never imagined possible. You have the support of all your lovely readers and feel free to drop me an e-mail if you ever want to chat. Great blog once again and I'm really glad I found it.

    Domzy (lashesandpearls@gmail.com)

    lashesandpearls.blogspot.com

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  46. I've just discovered your blog and I'm in awe. I also have alopecia areata and I've had it since I was 15 (I'm 27 now). I have almost no hair at the back of my head and not much on the sides. I was so devastated when it started and I went to so many doctors who all had something different to say. I was given injections, steroids, the lot. All to no avail. The majority of people who get alopecia areata regain all of their hair within 2 years so the chances are looking good for you. Unfortunately, this didn't happen for me but I have noticed some of the hair on my sides growing back in the last year. I've also had some hair growing back at the back of my hair but it's grown back totally grey :-S
    I don't like to complain though because I'm lucky it's at the back of my hair, not at the front and I could have alopecia totalis.

    Sorry to ramble but I just wanted to let you know that you'll be fine. No matter what happens you'll find yourself coping with it in ways you never imagined possible. You have the support of all your lovely readers and feel free to drop me an e-mail if you ever want to chat. Great blog once again and I'm really glad I found it.

    Domzy (lashesandpearls@gmail.com)

    lashesandpearls.blogspot.com

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  47. I've just discovered your blog and I'm in awe. I also have alopecia areata and I've had it since I was 15 (I'm 27 now). I have almost no hair at the back of my head and not much on the sides. I was so devastated when it started and I went to so many doctors who all had something different to say. I was given injections, steroids, the lot. All to no avail. The majority of people who get alopecia areata regain all of their hair within 2 years so the chances are looking good for you. Unfortunately, this didn't happen for me but I have noticed some of the hair on my sides growing back in the last year. I've also had some hair growing back at the back of my hair but it's grown back totally grey :-S
    I don't like to complain though because I'm lucky it's at the back of my hair, not at the front and I could have alopecia totalis.

    Sorry to ramble but I just wanted to let you know that you'll be fine. No matter what happens you'll find yourself coping with it in ways you never imagined possible. You have the support of all your lovely readers and feel free to drop me an e-mail if you ever want to chat. Great blog once again and I'm really glad I found it.

    Domzy (lashesandpearls@gmail.com)

    lashesandpearls.blogspot.com

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  48. I wish to wear that dress,pearl and heels....they are just lovely especially when my man is wearing tux and my favorite
    bow tie in it....oohhh!!! we will surely look good...and he will look romantic...

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