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Published in blog “The Bald and the Beautiful?”
Before I left Adelaide to live in the country I was fortunate enough to meet a gorgeous young woman called Mel at a Alopecia support group dinner. Mel told me about a $5000 government grant that South Australians suffering from Alopecia are eligible for. Mel also told me that I needed to go and see Angela in Melbourne as she’s the woman to see about a decent wig. Read more
Alopecia sufferers push to drop GST on expensive wigs – Watch video
11 November 2016
Alopecia Girls 2015 – Created by Kiah and Kaycee Lang at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation’s 30th Annual Conference in Garden Grove, CA.
Abby Asistio is a Filipino singer who has battled Alopecia.
I came out bald in September 2012. It has been one crazy, beautiful journey so far and it’s amazing to see how God is continually working in and through me. This is the story behind my decision.
AAAF now operates Fridays from Sinclair Dermatology at Level 3, 2 Wellington parade, East Melbourne. This is a new adventure in providing a one stop shop, show casing an array of Alopecia products and services. Feel free to drop in and say hello, if you’re interested in volunteering your time let me know.
The Tell Your Story competition closes June 1st, with the draw occurring at the Trivia Night. Your story will be used on AAAF website as well as promotional material for doctors, psychologist, hairdressers and general awareness programs run by AAAF.
We still have tables available for the Trivia Night: http://www.aaaf.org.au/event/aaaf-victorian-charity-trivia-night/
A big thank you to all of those who have donated items for our Silent auction. All money raised from this night goes towards Medical Research – with AAAF trying to raise enough money for a PHD student in 2015 to research DNA transplants for eyebrows.
Some great bargains to be found with starting prices from 30% of RRP.
- 1 Nights’ accommodation with parking at Quest Sth Melbourne
- 1 Australia Basketball Jersey signed by 2012 Olympic team
- Signed 2014 Hawthorn Jumper
- Vouchers, Melbourne Museums, 3 park pass Phillip Island, Puffing Billy, Children’s farms, Adventure Park, Bounce, Melbourne Stadium, Old Melbourne Goal, Polly Woodside, Paintball, and more
- Variety of Cosmetic Hamper Packs
- Meal Vouchers- Cuckoo restaurant Olinda – Lobster cave
- 2 X Hair Hats
- Autographed books – Tim Winton, John Safran
- Home Items, Cooking items
- Electrical items, Camera
It is still not too late to donate if you have a service or item to be included.
The psychological study being conducted this year by PHD Student Dr Jennifer Davis is on “The effects of Alopecia Areata on the Family Unit”. Jennifer will conduct personalised interviews with each family member. If you are interested in participating please contact me. The interviews will commence in June.
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For many years I kept telling my husband “I just want to be normal.” For many years he replied “but you are.” It took me 19 years to truly understand what he meant. That’s not to say I had no battles along the way with coming to terms with trying to live without any hair, whatsoever! But I’m glad I have had this adventure. Alopecia sculpted me into a very strong and confident woman that doesn’t believe that life has to be restrained by your hair. I guess I’m lucky that I am naturally stubborn and that I don’t like missing out on all the fun that life has to offer.
These days I wake up feeling like the luckiest woman alive and it has a lot to do with that fact that I have learnt to adapt. I have had great help along the way from my husband, Angel Wigs, Chiquel and Feel Good Look Good. All of whom I can’t thank enough for introducing me to silicone wigs, natural lashes, silicone eyebrows and make up that stays on! But more importantly, I never gave up on wanting to feel beautiful and coming to terms with what it really means to be “normal.”
Here is my latest achievement – International Natural Bodybuilding Australia (INBA) Fitness Model Competition, 4th Place.
This morning, I wake up to the fact that I have hair. Long hair, flowing past my shoulders…
Read Sarah’s blog:
Michelle Law did a story for the Sunday Mail regarding a TEDx conference held in Melbourne where she spoke on the theme of women.
You can watch Michelle’s video here:
VICTORIA FROM SWEDEN
“Being a “wigkid’, I was always afraid of people’s reactions.What would they think when they saw a bald child (me). I was always terrified of losing my hairpiece if I did any rapid movements…”. Read Victoria’s story as reported in the March 2013 newsletter.