Tanya visited her GP, who mentioned it was seemingly she was affected by a situation referred to as alopecia areata – which causes spherical bald patches on the scalp.
A dermatologist prescribed lotions and gave Tanya steroid injections in her scalp to stimulate hair development.
“My stunning lengthy hair simply stored falling out and nothing would cease it. I discovered it everywhere in the carpet, within the bathe – it will block the plughole, too,” she says.
“I misplaced my eyelashes on my proper eye too. Generally my hair would develop again over my bald patches after which it will fall out once more.”
Tanya spent tons of on hair extensions, root sprays and subject fibres to cowl up her bald patches. She even spent $635 on a human hair wig.
Then in 2013, her marriage broke down.
“My husband, and I divorced after six years of marriage. It was a really irritating and painful time,” says Tanya. “The stress made my alopecia even worse. I used to be like a moulting canine. I questioned if anybody would discover me stunning once more.”
Tanya targeting being a mum and stored herself busy. However in time she met a brand new companion, Algirdas Butkus, 30.
“Algirdas was heat, sort and loving and we fell in love. However I dreaded the considered telling him about my alopecia, so I didn’t,” Tanya says.
“I made certain at any time when we have been collectively, my hair extensions have been in place. I even used to sleep with them in and I’d stand up in the course of the evening to use eye liner so he’d get up and see me the identical as after I went to mattress!”
Tanya admits she would wash her hair in secret when Algirdas went to the health club. “It was completely ridiculous,” she says. “And the longer it went on the tougher it was to inform him.”
Then Tanya fell pregnant. However even then she couldn’t open up to him about her hair.
“I lastly went into labour with Algirdas by my facet,” Tanya says.
“[But] all I may take into consideration was my hair extensions and in the event that they have been in correctly! The considered them popping out and Algirdas seeing my alopecia crammed me with absolute horror.”
“Trying again, I realise it kind of ruined a magical time as a result of I used to be so harassed about my bald patches displaying.”
After a seven-hour labour, Tanya gave beginning to Lorena. “We adored her immediately,” Tanya says. “We have been so shut and it was such an intimate time however nonetheless I couldn’t open up to him.”
Tanya then seen her hair was thinner than ever. “I didn’t even have sufficient hair to clip my false extensions,” she says.
“I joined on-line boards and I despatched strangers footage of my virtually bald head and advised them I hadn’t advised my companion about my alopecia. They reassured me and advised me to inform Algirdas.”
Tanya took their recommendation and someday summoned up the braveness to inform him.
“I bear in mind Algirdas simply me with the kindest smile and requested me to point out him however I advised him I simply couldn’t.
“He didn’t put any strain on me in any respect to point out him and I used to be so grateful. He then got here out with one other suggestion.
“Why don’t you shave it off?” he mentioned. “You’ve obtained stunning huge eyes and such a reasonably face.”
Tanya says: “I used to be gobsmacked. He talked about well-known pop stars like Pink and Amber Rose and the way fabulous they regarded.
“I knew he was proper I needed to take management and never let the alopecia management me any longer.”
Tanya booked an appointment with a hairdresser and advised them to shave all her hair off.
“I stared at my reflection and took a deep breath. I used to be utterly bald. It was unusual however one way or the other liberating. I used to be not hiding behind hair extensions and wigs,” she says.
Then it was time to go residence and present Algirdas. Tanya was nonetheless sporting an artificial wig to cowl her bald head.
“I started sobbing; actually sobbing. Then I pulled my wig off and confirmed him,” says Tanya.
Algirdas simply hugged her tightly and smiled. “You look completely superb,” he mentioned. “You look so stunning.”
Tanya quickly cherished her new look. “My bald head gave me a way of freedom I’d by no means felt earlier than,” Tanya says.
“Now I catch my reflection in a window and I smile at myself. I really feel proud. I’ve a lot to be glad about.
“I don’t have a horrible sickness. I’m extremely fortunate – all I’ve misplaced is my hair.”
“Alopecia doesn’t fear me in any respect anymore,” she provides. “I’ve embraced it in a approach I might by no means have imagined.”
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