My Name is Lynn, I am 62 years old and this is my hair loss story.
I have always considered myself a VERY healthy person. Then, a career decision I made, changed everything and is the reason I now wear a natural wig created by Lynn Wilkinson at The Mane House.
I had worked many years in special education and then at a garden company. I was looking for a change that would ease me into retirement and went to work for a doctor who cared for ovarian and uterine cancer patients by providing chemotherapy treatments.
I worked there for about a month when I started to lose my hair. I am talking about HUGE clumps of hair – as if I were the one receiving chemo. I even developed a rash on my head (a common side effect of chemo), along with becoming very nauseous. Some days I had to stop on my way home because I was so sick.
I had a biopsy of my scalp done which determined my autoimmune system had kicked in, and it was reacting to something. “What?” I asked my dermatologist! She said, “that is a million dollar question you will never know.”
My hair was long and naturally curly. By the second month of working at this doctor’s office, I had very little of my own hair left. One day, I was in our weekly staff meeting and the Dr. mentioned that there were chemo fumes all over the inside of the building. As soon as I got home that evening, I emailed the EPA who directed me to the Vermont Health Department. They interviewed me and requested that VOSHA go in there right away.
My GP instructed me to stop working in that environment, which I did. VOSHA spent a month investigating the office and determined the doctor had mishandled the chemo while mixing and administering it, along with improper ventilation. The hood that vented the chemo mixing was adjacent to the fresh air vent that was right above my workspace and blew over my head.
By this time I had purchased my first wig (not a nice one) from some non-accredited business. It was a horrible experience, and the lady didn’t care about me at all.
Needless to say, this entire life-changing event was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to me. More than once I considered taking my own life. Thank the Lord for a very special man in my life, my husband, and my grandchildren. The thought of leaving them behind with the memory of doing such a thing stopped me. This all began nine years ago. My hair has never grown back and I am now categorized as having Alopecia.
I recently started consulting with Lynn at The Mane House and instantly formed a bond. She has so much positive energy and is so warm, loving, and compassionate. She makes me feel special and good about myself. She helped me find a natural wig that makes me feel so comfortable. A wig that shows who I am as well as the lady I used to be. I am grateful that I have my health and am not suffering any serious illness along with a family that shows me how much they love and support me. To have people like this in your life is God’s way of saying, “I love you!”