As an individual living with alopecia universalis and as a researcher and professor at Penn State University, I can personally attest to the wonderful work that Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch does for the alopecia areata community. I am currently conducting research on strategies clinicians and individuals with AA can use to ensure that individuals with AA continue living a very high quality of life, despite the presence of their symptoms. Thea reached out to me and volunteered to assist with recruiting participants from the AA community. The impact her assistance had on my study was unbelievable-our number of participants literally doubled in 48 hours! Due to her outreach, this potential of this project for making a positive impact is outstanding!I have also been extremely impressed with the support for Bald Girls Do Lunch that I have heard about since connecting with this group. In my project, numerous participants have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch and the impact that this organization has had on their lives! It is very inspiring, and has motivated me to do what I can to better contribute to this community as an AA researcher.My very best to Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch for their wonderful contributions to the betterment of other people :)
I am a 59 year old woman with Alopecial Universalis. I had suffered with bouts of Alopecial Areata through the years but after completing chemotherapy for breast cancer I went on to lose all the hair on my body. It took me a while to figure out that it was never coming back and I was so self conscious and felt so unattractive. Through Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch I have been able to connect with others who share the same problems and experience the same emotions. The group is a wonderful source for practical solutions to every day problems, support groups and a source for the latest in research for a cause and cure. I suppport this wonderful effort and am sooo glad it has been there for me and others like me
I have Alopecia losing all of my hair five years ago at age of 59. I had never heard of Alopecia until my dermitologist told me that was why I was losing my hair. I began searching the Web and found Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc. a nonprofit with a terrific lady who founded BGDL, Thea Chassin. I have gone to three luncheons in Seattle, Salt Lake, and Denver. I have met the most up lifting women who, along with myself, share a life's experience we never would have dreamed could happen. I'm thankful for Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch for bringing us together. Helen M.
I was first diagnosed with alopecia at the age of 12. It was the worst time for me. Since then, hair has come and gone. Two years ago it went. There is no hair anywhere on my body. I suffer from body image issues, anxiety, and depression from my condition. Bald Girls Do Lunch came to Denver at the right time for me in my coping stages. In one short evening, I was able to begin to come to terms with my appearance because I wasn't alone. Isolation contributed to my poor mental health. Bald Girls Do Lunch showed me that there are other people dealing with the same issues as me. I felt understood. Nothing has been as valuable as that one night.
Bald Girls Do Lunch is a one-of-a-kind organization that meets the needs of specific population - women with alopecia areata - whose needs would otherwise go unanswered. The organization is dynamic, current, and very personalized to allow for every woman coping with the challenges of alopecia areata to find something relevant and helpful for their own personal situation and needs.
Bald Girls Do Lunch gave me the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical strength to face society as a Bald Person. Bald Girls Do Lunch changes people's paradigm on beauty to the point where they are no longer ashamed to walk in society as a Bald Person or one who has Made the Choice to Wear Wigs not has to do so. I have witnessed women both young and elderly attend a Bald Girls Do Lunch luncheon sit down embarrassed and ashamed come alive by the end of the meal. Then, to meet them over time at other affairs proud and strutting their Baldness or latest wigs and sharing tips to the newest attendees. Bald Girls Do Lunch is shining the light on Alopecia and taking the shame out of being a bald female. At one time men were ashamed of being bald - Now it's Our Time to rid females of shame - Thank you Bald Girls Do Lunch! leben2005
The power of this program is in community and fellowship, or rather, sisterhood. Women diagnosed with alopecia areata report that the experience of getting together with other women like them is deeply meaningful--life- and identity-affirming.
Very refreshing to just be able to sit & visit with people that are going thru the same thing you are or have been going thru. Very down to earth & informative. So happy I am a member of this great group! Thank you Thea.
Amazing support and empowerment for women living with medical hairloss particularly alopecia. In a society which continually defines beauty through media, Bald Girls makes a profound and essential statement about true beauty and self-worth. Given a comfortable venue, women come togther find support, understanding and connection.
Bald Girls Do Lunch is a great resource for women with alopecia. The Children's Alopecia Project is proud to partner with them as they help to restore self-esteem in women living with hair loss.