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Head-On, Stories of Alopecia


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After thirty seven years of having some form of alopecia areata, I finally met others who understood. I stopped feeling alone in my journey and began writing about my experience. I soon discovered who I was without hair. The book journey began when I realized there were more stories to be told. As a child, I yearned to know someone else who looked like me and understood how I felt. Head-On, Stories of Alopecia has become everything I would have wanted to see and read when I was first diagnosed. More about me...This is my indie-published, non-fiction debut. Thirty years ago, I unwillingly exchanged the steady California sunshine for the perpetual liquid sunshine of Washington State, and I now happily call Skagit Valley my home. I spend my time working with my husband, Cedar, in our re-purposing/salvage company, constantly reminding my children to pick up after themselves, and trying not to injure myself or teammates while playing competitive volleyball with my slightly disorganized and aging team. My love of Hawaiian music and strong desire to one day properly learn to hula dance are small ways I try to connect with my Hawaiian heritage. My biggest accomplishments in life are becoming a published author, building my home piece by piece, dismantling and re-purposing a 16,000 square foot horse arena, and the ability to stay married after doing all of these things together with my husband of 22 years.


"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)

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