Several years ago I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata.After that I lost all self-esteem that I had at the time. Throughout the past couple of years, I have begun to receive some of my self-esteem back. Other days being better than others. Around six years ago I picked up playing volleyball and fell in love. I have continued to play ever since. In my most recent season, a couple months ago, I decided I was fed up with hiding my alopecia from my team mates that I adored so much. I prayed and took several weeks to think about if I was really going to tell them and how I would if I actually built up the nerve. One day I decided to suck it up, and text my coach asking if I could talk during devotion time in practice the next day. She gave me a go. The next day I was so nervous, it was all I could do to keep from panicking. As we gathered to talk my coach gave me the floor. From there, with God's strength,I told my whole story, from beginning to end. Many tears were shed by not only me, but my teammates and coach. Ever since then they have given me nothing but support for my alopecia.They have even asked advice about fake eyelashes, treating me like I'm a fake eyelash expert. :) It was a hard step, but you got to take baby steps, one at a time. That's for sure! Since I told them I have become more confident and some what more outgoing. My advice to fellow alopecians is to take yourself out of your comfort zone, even if it's just a little baby step that I took.

I'm looking for another baby step to take, but not sure how to do it. Does anyone have any ideas? Or does anyone know about good alopecia organizations that I can volunteer with? That would be very helpful!

Also, does anyone have any tricks to using fake eyelashes? Any type of advice. From application and make-up. Everyday i do the same liner, not knowing how else to do my makeup without showing that my eyelashes are fake. Any tips?
Thank you!
-Rachel Taylor <3

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Comment by SpartanKid on April 15, 2013 at 10:38am

Great Story, thanks for sharing it,I wish I could be that brave, the last 2-3 years have been terrible for me as still cant come to terms with it.I hope in time this will change.

Comment by Jules on April 22, 2013 at 7:08am
Am very happy to read that your involvement with sport has helped you. I have similar stories with my sport and team mates. Keep exercising - does wonders for your self esteem!
Comment by Audrey Mendenhall on May 8, 2013 at 12:39am

Comment by Audrey Mendenhall on May 8, 2013 at 12:46am

I am also curious about trying out fake eye lashes. I googled it and ended up finding this site, which I am so very excited about! I ordered some fake eyelashes that I found through this site "fantabulash". I haven't tried them yet. I also have eye brow tatoos and eye liner tatoo or permanent make up which is AWESOME! I would highly recommend doing, but be cautious who you go to as it is PERMANENT make up. My gal is in Portland,OR not sure where you are located, She tatood multiple little tiny hairs for my eye brows. Looks so good. I have seen some where it looks like someone took a thick black marker and drew a line. I wouldn't want mine to look like that. . I have had alopecia since mid 20s and am not too bothered by it anymore. I have found that the sooner I share with people, the better I feel around them. Otherwise I am always wondering, if they know, do they suspect I am wearing a wig? It's just such a relief to not have a secret or walk in shame. Best of luck. Enjoyed your blog post

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