Hello Everyone , My name is Nora, I am 29 years old and I was finally diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia & TE after 13 years of denial, Depression and a whole lot of confusion. I had always suspected it was Androgenetic Alopecia because my Mom has been suffering from it from her late 20's and still suffers from it today. I witnessed the lack of self esteem and devastation that it caused and hoped that I would not have to go through the same thing. Yes I broke down when I was diagnosed not by 1 dermatologist but 3. It felt like a life sentence, which may be overly dramatic to people who have not experienced major hair loss. But I felt like I had lost a limb, a part of my womanhood. For the past two years my hair has gone through a massive shedding cycle, my crown is now quite thin and my hair is very fine and limp. The short hair cuts did not add any more volume & all the blow drying and volumizing sprays did little to add life and depth to my limp hair. I packed on the pounds and my Hair would not stop falling. I was a mess, lost contact with a number of close friends. I avoided social gatherings like the plague and would stay holed up in our tiny apartment all day. I felt ugly, worthless, old, a pathetic caricature of my younger healthier self. My husband and family have been absolutely amazing and supportive through my journey. However I was not convinced; how could I feel beautiful when my reflection in the mirror said otherwise? It is a long journey of healing, acceptance and learning to love myself again. I just purchased my very first wig and let me tell you Ladies, it has been a looooong time since I have felt this way: I felt pretty, sexy, sultry and feminine. It felt SO good and yet a little terrifying ( It can be when you are not used to seeing yourself with a full, thick head of hair). Yes so I have a few limitations that come a long with wig wearing. Yes it is detached and did not sprout from my head. But it IS mine! I paid for it (quite a lot..unfortunately), so that makes it MINE. I was diagnosed less than a month ago and as traumatic and final as it was. I am also more accepting of my thinning limp bio hair, it's OK and I am still ME. Hair is tangible, loving myself and accepting myself is not. In time I hope that I will have the courage to shave off the meager hair I have left. Bald CAN be just as beautiful. It is unique, striking, edgy, just as sexy and can still be feminine. To those of you who are afraid of how your spouse, significant other or prospective mates might react; know that there are people out there who are very accepting and who can and DO look beyond thinning hair. My husband has taught me that valuable and cherished lesson. You are not your hair, it is a part of you. It does and should not become you. You have done nothing wrong, it is beyond your control. As are a number of things in life. It can happen to anyone at any stage in life. You are not alone. It has taken me over 13 years to come to terms with it and adapt to it. I gave it 13 years of my life. I now refuse to give it any more for it is NOT my life sentence and it DOES NOT make any of us any less feminine. I am now 10 lbs lighter (30 more to go), feel more in control and I am starting to at least "like" myself again. Ladies it is OK to wear a wig, a topper, extensions or scarves. It does not make you "fake", wearing your hair can be as simple and routine as applying your daily moisturizer and hey you can change your hair color and style as often as you like. If you decide to shave your head, do a search of celebrities who have. They look just as hot! It is all about YOU and what makes YOU feel good. I will never forget the day when I first tried on my wig, not simply because I got to see myself with more hair, but more so because I realized that the woman under the wig was still me and "I" was not so bad after all. Hair or no hair You still have a great canvas. Hahaha now my post is bordering on a touch of narcism. Thank you to all the ladies on here who are strong enough to share their stories, reviews, experience and pictures on this board. It has been a tremendous support system on my once lonely journey. I hope in time, that I will also find the courage to post pictures and reviews; to give back. Hope you all find hope .