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 :)
BGDL is inspiring, uplifting, encouraging and all around a wonderful group to be a part of. In 25 years of having this disease called Alopecia I have not come across another group that has met all my needs of support, education and inclusion.
Thank you BGDL for all you have done to help me and many others with this condition.
Women Empowering Women all day long. THANKS AGAIN!!
BGDL has been a blessing to women with alopecia. There has been no other organization that has taken this task and made it successful in terms or bringing Women together to feed off each other's experiences. BGDL has increased my acceptance of this condition, BGDL has helped me have greater self-confidence, BGDL has even helped my daughter (although she doesn't have alopecia) be more accepting of me and of others that are different on the outside but are people just the same. THIS is what makes BGDL a great organization. Thank you BGDL for all you do.
For me, Bald Girls Do Lunch is a life saver. In my book, this organization excels at supporting women and girls with autoimmune alopecia areata. They are they best! I never expect them to be so spread out that they can answer every need for every woman's hair loss from every cause. Autoimmune disease is NOT general hair loss. Finding Bald Girls led by Thea Chassin has gotten me through my roughest patches. I know that if another big hair loss comes around, I can get the help I need through this responsive and creative network of women like me. My wish is that Bald Girls can continue to grow bigger and hold more frequent in-person events in my state of Missouri.
I HAVE dwarfism alopecia.
Grateful for this organization that supports all Alopecian gals.
Marsha, We're glad you like the support we provide! We learn a lot about the more rare occurrences of alopecia areata through patients like yourself
BGDL is the first nonprofit organization that brought me true comfort and connection. Alopecia is a life long barrier and struggle for many women like myself. I was comforted to know I wasn’t alone and that there are real products that help build confidence as a bald woman. Today my hair has grown back but I know the cycle of hair loss will continue. I will keep on smiling and take it a hair at a time. Thank you for this organization.
We enjoyed your story, Erica, and thank you for taking the time to share your struggles . We are so happy to know that we have helped smooth the journey of live with alopecia areata for you. ~ Thea Chassin
My diagnosis was so sudden. With one call to Bald Girls Do Lunch and reading about my condition in their online articles, I was so relieved. I learned so much in a short time. I trust their information. There is no other alopecia organization that shows how much they care about me! Thank you Thea and BGDL. I'm forever grateful
By her example, Thea demonstrates to the entire alopecia community what it means to navigate the "outside world" with dignity. God bless you!!
NAAF is great and serves many useful functions. But Bald Girls is an intimate sisterhood that has helped me through some very dark days in a way that a big corporate organization never could. Thea, you are a blessing.
Bald Girls Do Lunch is my go-to alopecia resource. As a blog subscriber and follower of BGDL, I rely on this organization because they truly care about what is important to me. Thea takes the time to answer all my questions. I am so glad this organization helps me and my family.
So responsive! When my 12 year-old daughter, Rachel, was recently diagnosed with alopecia areata my wife and I got online to learn as much as we could as quickly as possible. We found Bald Girls Do Lunch to go above and beyond our expectations. We talked to Thea at Bald Girls Do Lunch who answered all our questions the same day. We just knew talking to her that we were in good hands and that she was all about getting us sorted out and on the right path.
We feel so relieved to know there is this is resource for parents of girls. Thea got us connected with a young woman in her phone support list because she knew that this particular person got her alopecia the same age as our Rachel.
Thea is awesome. I only wish I knew about Bald Girls years ago.
This group has really strengthened my resolve to be strong in public. I live in the desert and it's too hot for wigs or hats so bravery is the only way to go. Thank you Thea and BGDL.
I was so lucky to find Bald Girls Do Lunch when I lost my hair at age 59. Thea Chassin showed me that you can be beautiful when you are bald. She showed me how to wear head scarves & how to apply makeup - especially eye brows! She introduced me to others with alopecia and sharing our stories was so helpful to all of us. This may not be the most debilitating disease, but mentally it does take a toll. Thea and her organization mitigate its impact.
I first was diagnosed with AU in the early 1990's and could have really used a group like BGDL. I went ten yrs with AU then in 2003 I was blessed with total hair growth. I have had all my hair back now for 11 yrs. but now I am again losing my hair. Just knowing that BGDL is there for me and many others just like me is comforting. Thank you for all the information you have provided.
Bald Girls Do Lunch is a phenomenal organization! I lost all of the hair on my body five years ago. BGDL offers resources, support and most importantly a community where I fit in and feel like "one of the girls." BGDL offers the latest information on clinical research - the good and the bad. It offers hope, not specifically for a cure, but for being at peace with who I am as a bald woman. It offers advice on talking about being bald and it also offers humor, which is probably one of the hardest things to regain when your hair is gone!
This is the best nonprofit out there! When you are a bald woman, you feel so alone and Bald Girls Do Lunch really makes you feel connected with other women like you! There are other great Alopecia groups out there, but none are as awesome as Bald Girls Do Lunch!
I am so thankful for this web cite! When I did not know where to turn the week my daughter lost all her hair, Thea was right there willing to help. I stumbled on the web address and found the support I needed, up close and personal. Six years have passed an I still look forward to the wisdom I gain. Thank you!
I always look forward to reading anything from Bald Girls Do Lunch....Its informative and makes me feel like I am not the only one in the world with AU. Its an important blog to those of us who need to hear what is being done for Alopecia and coping ideas to help get through those rough days...and there are many for me.
I am so grateful for Bald Girls Do Lunch. Alopecia Aerata is such a hard thing to live with. It is so helpful to read about others experiences as well as the educational information it makes available. This is so isolating but BGDL helps us to live with this disease..
I'm so happy to have found Bald Girls Do Lunch! Thea's blog keeps me up-to-date on what's happening with alopecia research and reminds me that I'm not alone!
Thea Chassin and Bald Girls Do Lunch Non-Profit for women with Alopecia is a wonderful resource and advocacy group for women struggling with hair loss through alopecia. BDLG, through Thea, ensures that women receive the emotional, informational, and hands-on support we all need so desperately because of the loss of our hair. More than any other non-profit that serves women with alopecia, Thea and BDLG is truly a helpful refuge. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns anyone may have immediately. Because Thea constantly reviews all new research and outcomes about alopecia, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to how we deal with alopecia (i.e.: wigs, make-up, etc.), I look to her for information concerning "anything alopecia". Thea delivers to women what is true and what is hype, and she passes all current research and outcomes to us as soon as it is out there. There is no other group available where a woman can receive the compassion, emotional support, and knowledge about wigs, make-up, etc. we so need during our struggle with hair loss. Thea enables us to know that we do not have to face this struggle alone, which is priceless for us.
A great organization, and one so badly needed ! For many years I have hoped some one would give all of us alopecia folks a voice...and finally someone did! Thanks so much for helping the old and new alopecians to cope and know that they are not alone!
What a great thing that the bald girls among us finally have a forum, a support group, an ear to listen. We have needed this for many, many years. Thanks to Thea for having the courage and guts to start such an organization...so many people will no longer feel alone!