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Head-On, Stories of Alopecia Paperback – June 7, 2015
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"During decades of living with the hair loss condition alopecia, Graham had neither met nor heard about anyone else with it; she thus began chronicling her journey and reaching out to others like her. Now, in this beautifully photographed collection, Graham provides a thorough guide to the different types of alopecia and its triggers and treatments, also sharing numerous stories of those affected. Graham gives her story first, documenting the initial moment of discovery (her mother combing Graham’s hair in the bath), diagnosis, coping, and ultimate cultivation of community. Many strong voices are poignantly captured, along with evocative black-and-white portraits: law student Marlina, who thought alopecia would limit her romantic life, but is now married to a “hunk”; Heather, who tattooed a sunflower with a peace sign on her head; artist D.K. Wright, who tells his story in a poem, and Alexis and Vangelis, a father and son given an extra connection by both having alopecia. There are many heartwarming accounts from young children, always accompanied by a parent’s commentary. Interspersed among the personal stories are inspirational quotes on specific topics such as “Pushing the Limits,” “Realizations,” and “Unconditional Love.” This is a powerful compilation of profiles with a sincere and encouraging message." Publishers Weekly (BookLife)
About the Author
Deeann lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. She began writing in elementary school. When she wrote an award-winning Halloween essay in the fifth grade, she realized her love of writing and the positive effect it could have on readers. Deeann set aside her pen to dedicate more time and energy into running a business, raising children, and building a home. She rediscovered the healing power of writing when she had her second bout of alopecia areata. With the complete loss of her hair, her identity also slowly disappeared. Writing enabled Deeann to reclaim who she was, with or without hair, and allowed her to reach out to others with similar stories to create Head-On, Stories of Alopecia. Deeann now spends her time running a small business with her husband of over twenty years and finding balance between her family life and professional life. She has become an alopecia areata awareness advocate and speaks in communities around the US and Canada, sharing about her personal hair loss experience, autoimmunity, and being a self-published author.
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I've met over a hundred people with alopecia from running a support group here in Vancouver, Canada. I can speak for myself and countless others, that the best cure for this unpredictable autoimmune condition is learning to love yourself as you are. When you do, you are happy whether your hair is all gone, partially gone, growing back awkwardly, or in remission! :) If you don't, you are stressed even when the hair has grown back, because you'd worry about the possibility of losing it at any time.
I thought I'd be the last person to love my bald self. Not in a million years! Yet here I am, super amazed still about what happened. When I backtracked to understand what got me to open up and see myself differently, I realized it was from hearing inspiring stories of other people with alopecia.
So this book does exactly this, except better. Instead of taking years to see yourself more positively by meeting inspiring people here and there, this book has so many inspiring stories (75 total), giving you condensed and diverse view of how other people with alopecia have coped and thrived.
I like that the book has stories of men, women, kids, and parents' perspectives. Different ages, different parts of the world. There are celebrities too, which is always cool. Many role models in here!
I love that the stories are incredibly well written by each person with alopecia, and photos are stunning! I attached a few photos for you to get an idea of what it's like inside. I like the organization of the book too, so I took a photo of the table of contents.
The value you'll get out of this book is far beyond its price. Definitely get it. In the near future when you look back on this moment, you'll be happy that you did :)
Something as simple as hair can have a major impact on the lives of not just the person with alopecia but their family and friends as well. The author has provided dozens of amazing role models that really opened up and let me live life from their perspective for a few minutes.
The living perspective of so many of the people interviewed was just amazing. This book is a must have for not only people with alopecia but for friends and family to be able to understand and connect better with them.