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Trich Awareness Week

Here it is again. The first week of October is Trichotillomania Awareness Week.  Be bold and speak up about your disorder.   Pull down that curtain of shame and silence.  I’ll be posting the TLC button on my Facebook profile Friday.  For that and other suggestions, visit TLC’s page:

http://www.trich.org/involved/ntaw.html

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This was my facebook status for part of yesterday.

Dawn: Being in crowds while it is windy proves to be a test of my commitment to being open about my hair pulling. I want to hide my all-too-thin scalp, but the wind won’t let me. I won’t hide. I won’t hide.

I found myself really struggling and really anxious about people seeing the back of my head, which is just the fuzzy side of bald.  At the same time, part of my commitment to myself this last year is to just be who I am, bald spots & all.   It isn’t easy since my instinct is still to be embarrassed and hide.  But, by sharing my struggle with my (FB) friends, it lightened my load and I was able to trudge on amongst the crowds at the event I was visiting.  We all need a network like that, virtual or real-life.

This was an apt time, then to receive this blog link:

A Disease Called Perfection

This is a longer blog post, but SO speaks to the hiding and shame us pullers & pickers subject ourselves to.  I highly recommend you find a few minutes to read this.  Here are some highlights that spoke to me though:

“Perfection” is a hideous monster with a really beautiful face. And chances are you’re infected. The good news is, there is a cure.

Be real.

Embrace that you have weakness. Because everybody does. Embrace that your body is not perfect. Because nobody’s is. Embrace that you have things you can’t control. We all have a list of them.

Be bold about your weaknesses and you will change people’s lives.

Be honest about who you actually are, and others will begin to be their actual selves around you.

Once you cure yourself of the disease, others will come to you, asking if they can just “talk”. People are desperate to talk. Some of the most “perfect” people around you will tell you of some of the greatest struggles going on. Some of the most “perfect” people around you will break down in tears as they tell you how difficult life is for them. Turns out some of the most “perfect” people around us are human beings after all, and are dying to talk to another human being about it.

Dan has so much more to say in his post and it is all stuff that us pullers and pickers need to hear.  Then we need to let it sink in and later act on it.

I still struggle with the action part, but I am trying to be real.  I am trying to be bold about this particular weakness because I want to change the lives of young girls who are just getting a diagnosis, feeling scared, damaged, & alone.  It doesn’t need to be this way.  We pull our hair, some people have eating disorders, some people have anxiety that cripples them.  Some people are so fake they don’t know who they are anymore.

None of us is perfect.  We’re all human.  We’re all different.  That’s a good thing.

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Hi all,

I haven’t forgotten you.  I just don’t know where time has gone.  I feel like I lost about three weeks in the course of a few days.  Luckily some overdue fines on library books were the one detrimental outcome of all that lost time.  That and a lot less hair than I had.  But that’s par for the course these days.  I find myself much more concerned in wind & rain than I was even a few months ago, which bugs me.  My goal is to not be fearful or anxious in these situations, but to be willing to talk about my hair (or lack there of)  if someone brings it up.  I’ll still do that, but I know I hope deep down to avoid them at the same time.  Oh well.  Work in progress.

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