Archive for September, 2013

wtf is alopecia?

A great insight into Alopecia.


Alopecia is an autoimmune disease.

Breaking it down…

Auto: self.

Immune: to protect against something disagreeable.

Disease: a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

Autoimmune disease: a disorder occurring when the body mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy tissue.

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that mistakenly attacks hair follicles, those follicles become inflamed and the result is hair loss.

One in fifty people will have alopecia at some point in their lives. It’s a high statistic and a very visible autoimmune disease. Most often we don’t see it because with hats, hairstyles, scarves and wigs, we are able to hide it.


Section of a hair from Gray’s Anatomy.

It is believed that a person’s genetic makeup may trigger the autoimmune reaction of…

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Greetings, PLEASE  HELP SPREAD THE WORD AND SUPPORT THE LEIMERT PARK EFFORTS FOR HEALTH; We are pleased to invite your participation as artists, business persons, merchants, and concerned individuals coming together to honor Ms. Barbara Morrison, one of our true community treasures and musical greatest with a “Walk With Barbara Morrison campaign, on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, 20…13!
Through the light of her magnificent talent, Ms. Morrison, has thrilled thousands of music lovers over the world for more than 40 years. She also founded and directs the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in the Leimert Park Village , where she provides education for youth and adults, and showcases the best  live, first class musical entertainment including Jazz, R& B, Pop and Blues.
Like countless others in Los Angeles, around the U.S., and around the world, Ms. Morrison has been waging a winning battle against diabetes.  Since her diagnoses, Ms. Morrison has inspired thousands with her courage, tenacity, and her indomitable spirit of resiliency. She has not allowed the disease to stop her progress, or stop her forward march ahead. She has continued to perform and entertain her fans which show her indomitable strength, fortitude, and celebration of life.
It is this spirit that we launch the first annual health awareness event, “WALK WITH BARBARA IN LEIMERT PARK “, in conjunction with the LIEMERT ART WALK “, on  Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, 2013, from 10:am to 6:00pm each day. . The “WALK WITH BARBARA IN LEIMERT PARK  VILLAGE will include symbolic walking with BARBARA as she and the walkers stroll together against DIABETES. The project will  include electronic announcements to your  respective organizations, clients, and groups  to come together and join us in meeting on this great project!!. The weekend event will include several cultural awareness seminars, health awareness service providers, holistic and western herbal medicine vendors, and an overall educational enlightenment for the entire family!!
Time is critical and we must move forward to design the program, and manage the project. Our partners include  , Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, NAMI, KAOS, FAMILI, African Market Place, Community Build, Black Women for Wellness, UMMA Community Clinic; Healthy African American Family Eso Won Bookstore, and the Jamming Foundation, LULA Washington Performing Arts Theatre, Living Legend Foundation   ) with more added each day. We urge you to sign up and join us as part of the team. You can contact Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center    310-462-1439 or WE CAN 323-293-9845   We welcome all comers who wish to support the Walk With Barbara fundraising Campaign.

I am learning so much about Alopecia after having it for over half of my life!!!!!!!


Alopecia Awareness Month:

A post on an alopecia support website that I thought was inspiring:

‘Technically I am losing my hair, but I am really losing the luxury of conventional beauty. The strength I gain from regaining confidence and powering through hard times will allow my true and purest form of beauty to shine out from within me. Whoever fails to see past my outer shell probably also fails to see the essence of beauty itself.’  –‘PS3li0t’ – (thank you for sharing).

My son likes to dance, which makes his grandma (and would have made his great-grandma) very proud. We have little dance parties throughout the day. One way to take your mind off of alopecia… dance!

It was either War or Earth, Wind and Fire that was my first concert with my mom and uncle… this music will make you dance, (amazing video). Happy September!

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Bold, Beautiful, and Bald

We were just given a shout out here regarding our cause to raise awareness regarding Global Alopecia Mission. Please go by and like their page!!!!!! We are honored!!!!

Global Alopecia Mission truly does have the strongest and most positive supporters, giving alopecia areata awareness month a different meaning. This is the work of a mother and daughter who both suffer from Alopecia Areata. Please take a second and check out their amazing organization, New Impression!!!!!!!

And thank you ladies for volunteering your efforts to help raise awareness and funds for research, to help find a cure for alopecia areata.

Both my daughter and I suffer from this disorder. We are totally bald. I have been wearing hairpieces, weaves, wigs, and hair prosthesis(very expensive) for the last 30 years. I was devasted when my daughter began to lose her hair at 30. However she is the courageous one. Last year after trying all of the above, she deciced to shave her head! I was alarmed and some what ashamed at first. Then I realized I was worried that people would realized that I too am bald. Well, I woke up last August and shaved my head. I still wear a wig . It is exhausting to have to explain that “no I don’t have cancer” and other questions relating to my hair. I am proud to have found through facebook and twitter organizations dedicated to raising Alopecia Awareness. I am finally out of the closet. I have posted our picture all over Facebook. I have volunteered with the Global Alopecia Project to help raise money as well as awareness. Finally, I am ashamed of my vanity when I think of the young children afflicted by this disorder and have been bald all of their life. This is an auto immune disease. In our case it is hereditary as my grandmother had it as well. It is sad because our insurance company is unwilling to authorize any treatment for our disorder. Young children are forced to wear wigs when their are hair prosthesis that are available that would give them the freedom to swim, run, and play. I have a new passion! Raise awareness! Challenge our insurance company to authorize treatment including hair prosthesis’s. I pay them enough money to do so. Until then, I am free to do what I want with this head of mine. I am no longer ashamed and I am thankful to be well. Beside, at age 62, I am free to be me.