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Not sure if anyone remembers me...a positive update!

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Positive Outlook' started by kitkatkitkat3, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Hi girls.

    Ive not been on here for a year and a half now, but I came across the link in my favourites when having a clear out and thought I would update.

    For those who don't know me, I had an Androgenetic Alopecia diagnosis in 2009 aged 22 and started rogaine after months of dithering over it. I had a good rate of improvement, and I have continued to use it ever since, I have been on it almost 3 years.

    I grew back enough hair to cover the areas I worried about, but did not grow back all of the hair I lost. I have maintained since then - I go through regular shedding and regrowth, especially in the summer, but overall my hair is stable and has not got worse. I would definitely recommend rogaine to those who are thinking about it. I have not had any of the side effects, e.g. on my skin etc.

    I am posting a couple of pictures of me now - you should be able to find my original pics in my old posts, I dont want to dig them out really!

    Overall life is WAY better now than it was a few years ago. I so rarely think about my hair - and that is great. In December I am marrying my boyfriend of 9 years - and where I once imagined I would be in a wig, I am going to be wearing my own hair up (maybe with a few sneaky extensions!!). These pics are from our engagement drinks. I will not leave them up for too long but I hope these help someone...I know how much I needed help just a few years ago xxx
     
  2. Joann

    Joann Moderator

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    Hi kitkat,

    So nice to hear from you. :) Thanks so much for sharing your positive hairloss story & recent pictures of your hair. I'm sure it will give hope and
    encouragement to girls who are where you were at just a few years ago.

    Congratulations on your engagement!!! :grouphug: Wishing you and your husband -to- be much happiness and joy together.

    Hugs,
    Joann
     
  3. frenchie08

    frenchie08 Guest

    Hi, thank u for taking the time for posting, I am sure it will help a lot of us including me.
    I wish you all the best for your future and I am sure you will be very happy now and by the way you look great .
     
  4. Louise

    Louise Guest

    Hi kitkatkitkat3,

    Thankyou so much for sharing your positive story. You are going to make one Stunning bride. Your Fiancee is one lucky guy to have such a pretty lady and strong lady but I expect he knows this already. All the Best to you Both for your Wedding and future life together. Enjoy your day. Please keep us updated when you get the chance but I suspect you are going to be busy enjoying life - good for you!!.

    Louise :)
     
  5. Lily

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    Good for you! It has long been my opinion that young women who are still producing hormones stand a better chance at a positive outcome.
     
  6. dancer

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    Congratulations on your engagement, have a wonderful wedding! :)
     
  7. natfan05

    natfan05 Established Member

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    Awesome awesome improvement! I know you had taken Iron for some of your success early on, and you started rogaine too?

    That gives me a lot of hope because I am on iron and about to begin rogaine! I wouldn't even know you suffered from hair loss in your pics...you're gorgeous and I'm so happy you found love! Congrats!
     
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    snowflake Experienced Member

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    Your hair is beautiful. Healthy, shiny and gorgeous color. Congrats on the marriage!!!
     
  9. Chickadee

    Chickadee Guest

    I remember you well, KitKat. Both you and your hair look beautiful. Congratulations on you're upcoming wedding.

    Cheers!
     
  10. mycurlyhair

    mycurlyhair Experienced Member

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    Thanks for sharing your story. I came on tonight to read some success stores because I am trying to remain hopefully! I read that you thought it was your iron, do you know how low it was before? Also, was your BF with you during this whole time and what was his reactions to your hair when it was at it worst? You look great! Congrats on the wedding! :)
     
  11. moviegirl

    moviegirl Guest

    Hi,

    What a great story! Your soon to be DH sounds like a keeper who loves you no matter what!! Wishing you many years of happiness!!
    :grouphug:

    Best,
    Moviegirl
     
  12. kaytrinity

    kaytrinity Guest

    Hooray, Kitkat,
    I do remember you. We were both in the same boat at the beginning of the Rogaine journey.....
    And we still have enough hair so noone would ever think we have ever dealt with hairloss : )
    Wishing you a wonderful ceremony.
     
  13. Thank you all for your kind wishes.

    Curlyhair - I dont exactly remember my ferritin level, I think it was really low, about 8 or something and I did take supplements but in hindsight I dont think it had anything to do with it, it was just something the doctors said to me to fob me off before I insisted on the derm referal and got the Androgenetic Alopecia diagnosis.
    Yes my fiance has been with me since age 18 so he has been with me from thick hair, to thin hair, to wearing a topper, to slightly thicker hair again - and through all the nights of sobbing, crying and showing him delightful gobs of hair I had got after combing/showering. He never once commented on it looking thin - he just told me he would love me if I had no hair. He went through 3 years of not even being able to touch my hair I was so paranoid about it - now I will happily put my head on his lap and let him fiddle with my hair like he used to! I'm a very lucky girl!
     
  14. alicat

    alicat Guest

    You look great!
     
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    Congratulations! You look just beautiful and so does your hair. Thanks for sharing, I need that glimmer of hope that things will be close to normal again (hairwise).

    Best Wishes for a long and happy married life!
     
  16. Butterfly25

    Butterfly25 Guest

    Oh wow! Your hair looks wonderful by any standards!!! :bravo: I dug out your earlier pics too and the change is amazing. Congratulations and thank you so much for posting. This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today - I had my first visit to a derm yesterday and, although I'm waiting for blood test results etc, he seemed pretty confident that it was at least partially Androgenetic Alopecia related. When he said that I nearly wept. I just heard the word 'genetic' and though 'NO HOPE'. Thank you so so much for showing me that I'm wrong and there's still hope. :bravo:

    PS. also, I know you are based in London (I am too) and I was just wondering which derm/ other specialist you saw and what you thought of him/her?
     
  17. I saw someone else at St Thomas before Fenton - a lady, cant remember her name but she completely fobbed me off whoever she was!

    Don't despair - there is definitely hope! x
     
  18. Butterfly25

    Butterfly25 Guest

    Thanks! I had my first appointment with Dr Fenton earlier this week. No official diagnosis yest (just lots more blood taken!) but I liked him and now I've seen your success I will have extra faith in him too.
    :)
     
  19. Vlal

    Vlal Guest

    Congratulations KitKat. Glad to hear that your hair loss is stable. :jump:
     
  20. tawnie

    tawnie Guest

    Congrats! :punk: What did u use to give you regrowth???
     

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