friendship as medicine [support & alopecia]

one of the most powerful pieces of text I’ve ever read was this:

“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope”

this deeply moving quotation hits home when it comes to the feelings I experienced following my diagnosis [the deep grief]. 

and if this helps even a little bit, i want to provide the hope & assurance that there is support out there.

I FOUND IT!

it was fate that i was drinking my morning coffee, skimming through the Buffalo News when i came across an article about a little girl named Katrina, who had been bullied in school for losing all of her hair due to alopecia. the journalist explained Katrina’s feelings, and how this little girl expressed that

“i want to meet more people like me…”

as I read further, i found that Katrina’s family is currently working with a non-profit to hold an event in Buffalo on April 29th, 2017. the non-profit, BALD GIRLS DO LUNCH [BGDL] brings women of all ages together to promote open discussion and support for alopecia. the charity caters to specific events: women specific private lunches & events for young girls. i was unequivocally drawn to this charity, and found myself adding the CEO [Thea Chassin] of  BGDL on LinkedIn… i sent her a long and relatively sappy message….

AND SHE RESPONDED.

Thea set up a call with me to share our stories.

Our phone call lasted over two hours.

This one phone call changed my life.

The friendship and camaraderie that bloomed by this single conversation leaves me invigorated and resilient still, and it is my mission to share this message with anyone reading this post, whether you struggle with anxiety, alopecia, or another auto-immune disease.

THERE IS HOPE. 

Stay tuned to learn some advice from Bald Girls Do Lunch CEO, Thea Chassin…
in the meantime, PLEASE visit the Bald Girls Do Lunch blog site: blog.baldgirlsdolunch.org


Xo, Clarisse