I can’t work out where the half year mark is. Is it midsummers day? Or the last day in June? Or the first day in July? Whatever the answer, we’re kind of there, which means….
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…I have not pulled one hair out of my head for six months :o) To celebrate, today I had a haircut :o) :o) :o) My lovely friend-of-the-family-hairdresser informed me she would do what she could to change my hair from ‘helmet’ to ‘styled’. Being a bit of a genius, I think she managed it and I am feeling rather proud of myself, I have to say.
For anyone reading this who has trichotillomania, I am not for one minute suggesting that shaving your head and buying a Bradley (the name of my wig) will solve your problem, or that you should try it. All I am saying is that after 23 years of trying just about everything, this worked for me. It’s not been easy. I have had to fight urges to pull (an alien concept I guess, if this is all new to you but it’s a bit like biting your nails, just weirder. You can read about the weirdness here). And I’ve have had to find other things to get into the habit of – I am now obsessive about crochet. But hopefully it is the end of my trich for good, but just to keep the pressure on a little, I’ll update you at the end of the year.
Thank you to all the lovely people who have supported me and especially to those who didn’t bat an eyelid when I removed Bradley while out for a drink, coped with me developing a passion for hats and not shied away when I have just looked daft due to patchy bum fluff on my head. On that last one, thank you especially to Sisters 1 and 2 who have ALWAYS supported me and my bald patches and my amazing colleagues who really could have reacted differently, but who never made me feel conspicuous…even though I was!
There is only one person who cancelled meeting up when I told him Bradley had gone into retirement and I haven’t heard from since. He’s off the Christmas card list now. One out of a lot of lovely people isn’t bad I guess.
And now, here’s a little journey using some (pretty awful) pictures that take you from 6 months ago to today. Be warned – they are all those taken-in-the-mirror pictures (Norman is rubbish with a camera) and some I have no make up on which is never a good look!
And this is how much hair I had cut off today:
Thank you, all you lovelies. I couldn’t have done it without all the support :o)x