Monday, June 28, 2010

My Victory Over CCA

I don't really update this blog much anymore. Put simply, the reason is because I never really accepted that diagnosis that I got from the doctor. There were many times when I got discouraged about it. But deep down, I just really refused to allow it. You know? I just said, "No" to CCA. I believed I had the right to do that. This is my body. I refuse to let CCA have it.

I leave this blog up because when I heard that diagnosis, I went looking for hope and I didn't find it. I wanted to see someone say that it didn't take their hair or that they had beaten it or had found a cure. I never saw it. Hopefully, someone else will not have that problem should they ever hear those heartbreaking words.

I have come to the conclusion that most black women aren't even aware of what CCA is which is interesting since it is black women that are most often the victims of CCA. Formerly called hot comb alopecia, CCA stands for centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. It is a scarring alopecia in which the hair that is burned out of the follicle and does not grow back. There is no pinpoint reason for it. Some suspect it is from the harsh treatment that we put our hair through to straighten it. It can present with or without pain. It is disfiguring and permanent.

But I said, "No."

Take a look at what the disease is able to accomplish once it burns out:

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found here

See why I said, "No?"

I found that the answer for me was to keep the blood circulated through exercise. I also do scalp massages whenever I think of it. Lastly, I eat a much better diet than when my diagnosis was given to me. Lastly, prayer works for those of you who believe. All of this has been a great help to me.

So for those of you who have gotten or at some point may receive that diagnosis, if you didn't have hope, have it now.

Since I consider myself cured of CCA, I will more than likely not blog about it anymore. However, you can always scroll through the pics on the sidebar to the right that I intend to leave up as a way to document my victory over this disease.

"No", is a very powerful word and should be used way more often than it is.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I Wub My Hair!

These days my hair is getting a lot of love with little fuss. I think I've gained some length which makes a braid out easier for me because it doesn't get rubbed out when I sleep. Easy do for school! Well, you know...besides my hat.

Just teaching for the break and getting some work done without having someone over my shoulder on it. It's nice.

Monday, December 21, 2009

For the Children

It's a shame when children have to bear the brunt of societies woes.

If you haven't yet heard about this child whose braid was cut off by her teacher, click here.

Shame isn't it?

On What About Our Daughters, you can find more information along with the office and address of where you can write and express your opinion.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

End of Semester Photo Shoot

Well, there goes another semester...and I'm still here!!

I think my hair just likes being left alone.

Anyway, I've made it this far. Time to finish strong!

Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bad Girl!!

Naughty me. I didn’t wash my hair this week...but I had a very good reason!! School is making me pull it out!

I have a test in my philosophy class and I’m not done studying for that yet. At this moment, my hair needs to be washed and dc’d and I need to wash my scarf too. It’s starting to smell a little too much like my oil. Not cute. Sigh.

I think I’m going to have to wait until after my test to get into it though.

Oh! And I’d better not forget to get my vitamin in too. At least I can do that.