I have read countless posts on this website and finally decided to share my story of Chronic Telogen Effluvium in hopes to help anyone else suffering from the same thing. My hair loss began back in August 2011, exactly 2.5 months after I was hospitalized for 4 days with a bacterial virus and a fever of 40C (104F). I remember taking a shower and then brushing my hair and handfuls of hair just kept coming out.....it was shocking. I had long, black, fairly thick hair and the amount I was losing was scary....probably around 300 hairs per day. At first I thought it would stop after a few weeks but by November I began freaking out and went to see my family doctor who referred me to a dermatologist. I finally saw the derm in January 2012 and by this time I had lost around 25-30% of my hair. The derm took a look at my hair, did a pull test and told me I had telogen effluvium caused by the high fever I had back in June 2011. He assured me that it would end soon as TE lasts up to 6 months. Well, it didn't stop....I was losing so much hair so fast that I began having severe anxiety, couldn't sleep or eat well. I went back to the derm in April 2012....by now my hair loss was noticeable to my family and friends and I had probably lost 40% of it....my pony tail was half of what it used to be. I was also quite concerned because I was noticing short thin hairs between 1-3 inches that were shedding...on my pillow is where I would notice it the most. He said I may have Chronic Telogen Effluvium but he would refer me to a dermatologist that specialized in hair loss so that I can get a second opinion. In August 2012, I finally went to see the 2nd derm....she looked at my hair for less then 30 seconds and said "You had Telogen Effluvium which has now turned into Androgenetic Alopecia and the only thing you can do is use Rogaine." She was so cold and matter of fact....in that moment my heart just sank.... I didn't use the rogaine and instead decided to stock up on any and all vitamins, shampoos, herbal remedies that were supposed to help with hair loss....I even tried onion juice for 2 months....nothing made a difference....I was just constantly losing hair.....my house, clothes, car, etc, was all covered in my hair....it was unreal. No one can understand just how devastating hair loss can be to a woman unless they have been through it. It is part of our identity and is one of the things that made me feel beautiful. My then fiancee (now husband) was so unbelievably supportive and made me feel beautiful every single day. I was beyond devastated....knowing I had Androgenetic Alopecia, I started looking into wigs since the future seemed bleak...I was only 31 and could not accept that this was happening to me.....my hair had always been my pride and joy. I kept analyzing my hair every day, taking pictures obsessively, and I kept noticing that I constantly had regrowth (although I was shedding a lot of it), my part was less dense but not wide and my temples were so sparse. This seemed consistent with TE or CTE. And so, I decided to give it one last shot and get a 3rd opinion....I just felt that something wasn't right with the Androgenetic Alopecia/female pattern hair loss diagnosis. I went back to my family doctor who referred me to another derm who then referred me to one of the best and highly regarded Dermatologists in Toronto...his name is Dr. Jeff Donovan. I finally saw Dr. Donovan in February 2013. He spent over an hour with me asking about my history and analyzing my hair with a magnifying tool. He was so patient and kind...I wish all hair loss doctors were more like him. Once he was done, he told me that I had Chronic TE and not Androgenetic Alopecia....he said that CTE can last anywhere from 1-7 years or more and that it was simply a waiting game. I was cautiously optimistic after my appt with him but for the first time in a while it gave me hope. During that year, my hair loss fluctuated quite a bit but it was never normal for me. In the summer of 2013 I was losing around 150 hairs per day instead of the 200-300 I had been losing for almost 2 years straight. Then in December 2013 I was once again hospitalized for 2 days with Influenza and a high fever. Sure enough, after 2.5 months my hair started shedding profusely.....talk about one step forward two steps back....it was hard but I just kept hanging on to the hope that I had CTE and the shedding would soon end. In May 2013, almost 3 years after my hair started shedding, the loss finally slowed down and I was now shedding 20-40 hairs per day (normal for me)......I was scared the first time I lost around 20 hairs in the shower because I just thought it was too good to be true. It has now been 4 months and my shedding has been normal. I don't know if I can fully put 3 years of hair loss behind me just yet but I am hopeful. Maybe my hair will start shedding again in a month or a year, maybe it wont but if it does I will try not to freak out since I know I have CTE. In the last 4 months my hair has thickened up by at least 10-15% and I have so much regrowth....my hair is all different lengths. I'm not totally convinced that I'm out of the woods yet but I can definitely breath a bit easier. Hair loss has been a very difficult journey for me and changed me in more ways than I could have ever imagined....So I wanted to share my story of CTE recovery since there are not many stories out there. I hope this post helps someone who is also suffering from CTE to know that there is an end in sight. My advice to anyone suffering from hair loss is to get a second, third or fourth opinion....you just never know if the diagnosis you received is correct or not...trust your instinct!