Mark S. Hansen
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Covered up for almost 40 years...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rose Marie' Jul 10, 2011. 2 Replies

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Is today’s beauty ideal is out of control?

"Todays beauty idea? The manufactured, serial advertised, media saturated, idea(L) of beauty goes back decades. Think about it. Prob the worst toy u can give a young girl, is a Barby doll, perfect in every way, and as far away from reality as…"
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My name is Mark and I live on the east side of Milwaukee WI. I am 53, single, and never married. Why? I either have not approached enough women in my life because of my condition and or in many cases, my experiences have been that they have been turned off because of it. I have had alopecia totalis, complete body hair loss for about 40 + years. I wore a wig all that time up until about 5 years ago, when I finally threw the last one I had away. So now I wear a baseball cap almost everwhere because I am so used to having something on my head. Anyways, I was downsized from my job some months ago. So I have been spending time checking out the employment web sites. But when I am not doing that I work out at the YMCA about 3 times a week to keep in shape. I also enjoy movies the lake front, at times, the bars, and Milwaukee festivals. Thanks
Mark S. Hansen
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Alopecia totalis
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Yes - I am 18 or older

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Ya think?

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:36pm 0 Comments

I have had Alopecia Universalis for 45+ years. While anything is possible, I have heard more so called cure claims than I can remember. The only thing predictable about this condition is its complete unpredictability, unless you have it to my extreme. I took Prednisone, as prescribed by a dermatologist not an endrocronologist, way back the late 60's and almost all my hair came back, for about a month. When I stopped taking it, like our standard doctor told me to, because of all its side…


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Posted on October 31, 2012 at 4:00pm 14 Comments

I have rarely considered myself a man of few words. But in this case I will. I have had alopecia totalis for over 40 yrs; no hair anywhere. And even though I have grown up, much of the world has not. I know that if I had to do it all over, I would probably made a much better go of my life, despite my condition. But no man is an island. We are all social beings and what people say to us, both to our face, and behind our back, when they think we cannot hear, permeates into us and our…


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At 1:59am on July 14, 2016, Sheila Centeno-Soto said…
I have the same thing. No hair anywhere, it started when I was 7 and I'm 36. We went through the same thing. I been made fun of and was treated differently all my life. I now feel comfortable with who I am.
At 4:11pm on April 15, 2014, Aredee said…
Wow! That was four years ago! I traced the thread back to my first post to you, and it had something to do with a letter that you had printed in the Milwaukee J-S. You apparently cited something Neil Rosen had written in The Nation, and whatever it was, Imwanted to know more about it. Something, perhaps to do with mass media or politics? Wish I could pinpoint it better.
At 9:49pm on April 14, 2014, Corey said…

if you'd ever like to talk, please feel free to send me a message. im a 21 year old college student who's had AA since i was 3 years old. i've read several of your posts and felt the urge to re - join this site and send you a message. 

i am also on twitter and facebook as well. cheers :)

At 10:39am on October 28, 2013, Tallgirl said…

There are several articles on the new research below. Search online.

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At 1:39am on November 17, 2011, Pebbles said…
Hi mark just wanna say that i read ur post and feel the same wat! Now that ive stop wearing the wigs ppl still say i have a pretty face but guess not pretty enough to date! It does get lonely but keep ur head up that special some1 is out there trust im still waiting with hope. Hope all is well
At 11:42pm on November 8, 2011, Susan Innes said…

Hello Mark- I just read your post on Jen's discussion regarding coping with the alopecia. I was surprised to see that you are from Milwaukee; I live in the Madison area and had actually been contacted by a young teen girl in this group during the summer but was thinking we were the only ones from Wisconsin. (I was very sorry to see that you're part of the unemployed population...a hard journey to take; I watch CNN quite a bit, listening to the lack of self-esteem and associated depression from those who face the perpetual rejection. It would be even harder for those of us with AU.)

Many years ago I used to drive into the Waukesha area to meet with the NAAF-associated support group with a subsequent attempt to start one here in Madison but our medical advisor decided to move to the Twin Cities and my job working for the UW Hospital was becoming exhausting with mandatory weekly overtime, Since I worked at home, it allowed me to forgo the wig, a wonderful benefit.

Feel free to contact me at any time; as you'll see in my profile I'm retired so am perhaps spending too much time on the computer but am always glad to hear from fellow alopecians, especially those with universalis. (BTW, I'm originally from Wauwatosa but have not been back to Milwaukee for at least 20 years, usually just visiting my niece in Hartland.) Susan

At 5:51pm on February 18, 2010, Mark S. Hansen said…
Hi. As I mentioned, it may have been author and critic Neil Postman (who has since passed away, I think) who said that, not Neil Rosen. If I get the chance I will try to research it.
At 5:34pm on February 16, 2010, Aredee said…
Thanks! Please email the info directly when you get the chance. I'm familiar with Minow's "vast wasteland" but Rosen's was a new one for me, and I loved it. I tried searching the Nation's online archive for the full article, but to no avail. And sorry for the unconventional way of contacting you. Blame it on Google.
At 5:34pm on February 16, 2010, Aredee said…
Thanks! Please email the info directly when you get the chance. I'm familiar with Minow's "vast wasteland" but Rosen's was a new one for me, and I loved it. I tried searching the Nation's online archive for the full article, but to no avail. And sorry for the unconventional way of contacting you. Blame it on Google.


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