Kristen Ridenhour
  • 34, Female
  • Chantilly, VA
  • United States
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A stranger grabbed both arms

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:39am 4 Comments

I know I haven't posted anything on here in a while but I just wanted to share this encounter with you all.

This past weekend my boyfriend and I drove to Tampa to go visit my mom. While there we also drove to Venice, FL to go see my boyfriend's grandparents, who he doesn't get to see very often and I had never met. They had taken us out to dinner at this place called The Italian Club. Members of the club prepare dinner every Friday night. While they have a small selection of dishes,… Continue

carrots, eggs, and coffee

Posted on May 2, 2009 at 3:54pm 2 Comments

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how

things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it

and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed

as when one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water

and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil.… Continue

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"Some think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go."

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I was diagnosed with alopecia early July of 2003, I was 14. About 90% of my hair fell out within about 3 weeks, most of it while I was at gymnastics camp (worst week of camp I’ve ever had!) I went to a dermatologist once and decided from there not to do any treatments. My mom was too scared of the side effects they could have and I really didn’t want shots in my head. The rest of my hair took the rest of the summer to completely fall out. Since then, I’ve had no regrowth. I wore a wig at school for 10th and 11th grade. The second I got home, the wig came off. My senior year I wore a bandana. It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made and haven’t touched a wig since. I usually go around with a bandana now. I’m still trying to be comfortable enough to go out completely bald. I’ll get there someday. My family and friends have always been very supportive of me. Sometimes I think it affected them more than it did me (mainly my mom though).

I’m originally from northern Virginia. My mom moved down to Tampa after I graduated from high school, so I came down here with her. I have recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. I'm now living back up in NOVA for a job. I was a competitive gymnast for 10 years.
Do you have alopecia?
Alopecia universalis
Are you age 18 or older?
Yes - I am 18 or older

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At 3:00pm on August 27, 2010, Lauren said…
hi kristen! thanks for wishing me luck at school! i appreciate the support! what type of nurse is your mom? i wanted to do my clinicals at tampa general since its a trauma 1 but i got st josephs. i really like it there so far though. so did you move to tampa after you graduated or are you still in orlando?
At 11:47am on August 23, 2010, Nesha B. said…
Thank you for adding me as well! I loved your pictures and blogs. hope you have a great week!
At 6:10pm on June 14, 2010, Tiffany P said…
congrats on you graduating college and hope that you get a job soon if you havent already, you are an awesome person and i hope to become as comfortable as you with this crazy hair loss soon. i hope all is well and have a great week :o)
At 11:22pm on March 1, 2010, Devin said…
I'm good Kristen, competitive gymnast for 10 years, Wow! I can hardly do a summersault.
At 11:16pm on August 6, 2009, Cheryl Ann Avens said…
Happy Birthday today Kristen!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

At 12:15pm on August 6, 2009, JeffreySF said…
Happy Birthday Kristen!!!

At 8:53pm on August 4, 2009, Cheryl, Co-founder said…
At 1:03pm on January 18, 2009, Austin said…
Thanks for the welcome, Kristen.
At 4:33am on December 31, 2008, Roger said…
At 1:16am on December 30, 2008, JeffreySF said…
Hi Kristen,

Happy New Year!!!



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