I'd like to share my alopecia areata story with you to give you hope and comfort. You really CAN win with this awful disease! Malgorzata, Poland
My name is Malgorzata, I'm a 29-year-old woman from Poland.
I'd like to share my alopecia areata story with you to give you hope and comfort. You really CAN win with this awful disease!!!!!
The whole thing started 9 years ago, when I was a young university student. One day, when I was doing my hair, I noticed two strange bald spots. Good heavens, what's this? I thought. Nobody told me much. The dermatologist I consulted just said it was because of stress and gave me some bad smelling liquid to massage into the bald spots. Stress... quite possible, I had some difficult time at university and this was also the first time in my life I had to travel abroad on my own I got a scholarship in Spain. The spots were small and quickly disappeared, and I forgot about the whole thing.
Until it reappeared again, all of a sudden, I was shocked! This time it was one spot,but quite big. I went to a different dermatologist, and she prescribed me some oral steroids and a couple of (super expensive) topical creams. That seemed to work for a short while! Once the spot was covered with air and I stopped taking steroids and putting creams, there was another spot... and then another. They were just spots, so I somehow managed to cover them up with the rest of the hair, even though was unhappy every morning when I had to do that.
I was told that the disease is only curable with steroids, so I continued swallowing all these aggressive medicine.
I lived with my hair always tightly tied up in a ponytail so that the spots wouldn't be visible. I dreamed of wearing my hair loose... every 20-something girl wants to look nice and attractive!
The disaster came in the summer of 2013. I was, of course, taking oral steroids to cure a bald spot. But there was another one, and then a third, a fourth, a fifth... suddenly I was getting REALLY bald on my whole head!!!!! Why??????? I was in real despair. I was crying every time I was washing my hair. It came out in strands, I could see my hands full of hair, the shower was FULL of hair. I couldn't hide the disease anymore. I was devastated. I felt unattractive and sick. And hopeless! It was horrible also for my family. My husband was always supporting me he's the most wonderful man on earth but it must have been a hell also for him, seeing me crying all the time. My parents were shocked, and just didn't know what to do to help me. They offered to buy me a wig, but I reacted just with crying. A wig was a synonym of defeat for me. I didn't want a wig! I just wanted back my brown straight hair! I wanted back my normal life!
I was also feeling hopeless in my professional life. I work closely with people as a teacher and coach so I felt mortified when I had to work in a hat. In Europe it's generally considered very bad manners to wear a hat at work or when you're eating I was so ashamed all the time. When people asked me about the hat, I was lying that I have some skin allergy... that's why I had to wear a hat... I felt just so depressed. My life was constant tears and despair.
I consulted many dermatologists and endocrinologists, in Poland and Denmark, and they all just talked about steroids. I was taking bigger and bigger doses, but that helped nothing. In September2013 I was almost completely BALD. The dermatologists said that I should take cyclosporine an immune-suppressive drug that is used to "turn off" your immune system. This drug is used for example after organ transplantations to prevent organ rejection, and in the most difficult cases of alopecia. I was evidently such "most difficult case" for the doctors.
But at that time I started to investigate things on my own. I gradually stopped trusting Western medicine which could offer me just aggressive steroids (which didn't help anyway). I was spending hours and hours on the internet, reading about the disease, reading what fellow "alopecians" said on different forums. My husband is a psychologist, so we were talking a lot about how I can overcome the shame related to being a bald woman. Something in me was slowly changing. From despair, I switched into "battle mode". I suddenly wanted to fight with my disease. I just needed some tools but not steroids. I gradually stopped taking them at all.
Then, one day in September 2013, I came across Dr Rohit Shah's webpage. A clinic especially for alopecia problems! Natural herbal medicine! That sounded interesting. I read carefully the webpage.
I read people's testimonials. I also saw the photos showing how Dr. Rohit's patients regained their hair either partially or totally. I admit that I searched for opinions about Dr. Rohit's treatment on the internet, but there weren't that many really. Alopecia patients seemed to have been generally stuck with steroid treatment, or no treatment and total depression.
I decided to take the plunge. I had nothing to lose. I thought that herbal medicine won't do me any harm, even if it doesn't help.
I ordered the treatment (very good online customer help) and it arrived in Poland surprisingly quickly after a little more than a week. A neat box including detailed instructions, herbal oils and special "hair food" (herbs that you have to mix with yoghurt and put on your scalp). I had to massage my bald scalp with herbal oils 3 times a week, and use the "hair food" every 2 weeks. The herbal products smell really nice like sesame cookies :) and it was nice to massage my scalp while putting on the oils. I didn't have to worry about losing hair any more at that time I had almost none.
I started the therapy at the beginning of October 2013. After one month, my husband saw some baby hair delicate transparent mesh on my head. It appeared in spots all over my head. It gave me lots of hope, and I continued the treatment regularly and with enthusiasm. I was still wearing a hat, but I felt better.
Months passed... I was working; I went also for a great holiday to South America with my husband... all the time with my hat on, but putting the oils and "hair food" regularly.
In April 2014 I could put the hat back in my wardrobe.
I HAD MY HAIR BACK!!!! It was short, straight and brown. The most beautiful hair I've ever had!
Now it's July 2014. I am the happiest lady in the world. May be somebody would say that my hair still isn't perfect, because I still have one stubborn spot but I'm not looking for anything perfect. I just love my hair the way it is, and the stubborn spot is gradually filing up with baby hair. I regained my self-esteem. I finally feel healthy and attractive again. And my family life is so much happier!
I am deeply convinced that I had my hair back because of Dr. Rohit's treatment. It's the herbs included in the oils and "hair food" that help your hair grow. Now I have to continue the therapy for a couple of years to prevent the recurrence, but I hope that everything will be just fine. I'm living the moment, and I'm enjoying my life to the full.
Having been bald also taught me that we should never judge people by their appearance, and never have any prejudice. It taught me to be happy here and now, and not focus on the looks or any fashions. It was a very traumatic experience, but also very "life-teaching", so to say.
I just wanted to mention that in addition to Dr.Rohit's therapy I started a gluten-free diet. Doctors aren't 100% sure (are they sure of anything?) if I'm celiac or not, but I read that alopecia is often made worse by eating gluten. Since I started the diet I feel much better. Maybe that could be a tip for somebody?
So, a huge THANK YOU to Dr Rohit I am so grateful to you!!!
I hope that this story can convince alopecia patients that they should start the herbal Ayurvedic therapy, and that there's a big chance that they will finally regrow their hair, just like me. Just be patient, use the oils and "hair food" regularly, consider changing your diet to a healthier one, live with less stress, appreciate the love people give you, and keep your hope.
YOU CAN WIN WITH ALOPECIA!!!!!
24 July 2014