This morning I am reminiscing over progress of the past one and a half years. For me a tremendous amount has happened. Although I have suffered Alopecia Universalis for over 10 years, these past 18 months have been the most significant in my progress. I have met some of the most influential, inspiring and alternative thinking people whos paths have also been blighted by this Autoimmune Disease. These people have each given me a small something; shared their experiences, given me their words of support and encouragement, held me up in times of trouble and challenged me to never give up hope and surrender.
In January 2012 I wrote this in my diary, “This is the year to say adios to stinking alopecia…. BELIEVE”
It is amazing when you walk through life and you meet people by chance who then become such an important part of your life….. Is this fate, is your destiny mapped out? Are you meant to meet these people for a reason?
My path began when meeting Robert Swierski (the founder of GAM), a man who had Alopecia Universalis for 19 years of his life. For 8 years I lived with Alopecia Universalis with the belief that my hair would never grow back and if it did it would be by pure chance….. until I met Robert. He changed that and changed my way of thinking, Robert gave me HOPE. Robert showed me that Autoimmune Alopecia can be fixed, with some hard work!
I then met another amazing and influential woman, Mary Corrigan. Mary also suffered severe hairloss and rectified her bodies response through diet. She wrote a book called, “what’s up with my hair”.
Diet and Alopecia saw me head to Channel 4 “The Food Hospital” where I was put on an autoimmune diet and stable eating pattern. This link opened doors to a whole host of people who contacted me to offer their support and tell me of their amazing experiences with Alopecia and how some had even rectified it themselves, also through dietary and lifestyle changes….. this again reinforced the link with the foods we eat and Autoimmune disease.
Websites such as Nutirsclerosis, and The Paleo Mom and people such as Terry Wahls inspire me….. I want to heal my body.
As all my followers know, autoimmune disease runs in my family. My mother has suffered ME, and Hypothyroidism. My aunt suffers Ceoliac Disease and my grand mother had Diabetes Type 1. Thank goodness Autoimmune Disease research is taking a serious turn, what with the microbiome project having gone underway…. This is a serious step forward into understanding the true working of the small intestine and the role it plays in immunity.
We are fast approching the end of 2012 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have supported me throughout this year. To thank those who have taken time out of their busy lives to contact me and share their experiences, good and bad. Every individual story helps to put another piece together in the Autoimmune Alopecia puzzle.
With the launch of the charity AUTOIMMUNE ALOPECIA RESEARCH UK in the New Year, Autoimmune Alopecia has exciting times ahead!
Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and lets get the real party started for Alopecia in 2013!!!!!!!