Is There a Quick Way to Help Reduce Stress From the Emotional and Social Impacts of Female Hair Loss?

clip art - zebra stripes falling offStress is the response of your body and mind to pressure or demand.

Stress can be positive – like starting a new job or getting a promotion, an upcoming test , marriage, having a baby, moving, retiring, learning something new, etc.

Characteristics of positive stress:

  • It motivates
  • Is short-term
  • Is something you believe you can handle
  • It feels exciting
  • It sharpens your focus and improves performance

Characteristics of negative stress:

  • It  causes anxiety and concern
  • It can be either short term or long term
  • You don’t believe you can handle it
  • It feels bad
  • It sucks out your ability to perform well
  • Long term, it can lead to mental and physical problems

photos - alopecia areataHair loss is a good example of negative stress. One day you’re brushing your hair just like always, when a wad of hair comes out in your brush. You search the area and find a dime size circular patch devoid of hair. You take a shower and see the drain is clogged with a clump of sodden matted hair. Before you can make your bed you have to pick off yet more hair strands from your pillow. This scenario repeats day after day until there is no hiding the change to your appearance. What then?

If you are a woman who has ever experienced hair loss, you are familiar with these feelings:

  • Shock – this can’t be happening to meclip art - bald stress
  • Fear – what is happening to me?
  • Anxiety – will I ever get my hair back? What will people think/say? Will I be ridiculed and rejected?
  • Frustration – treatment can be so painful and doesn’t always work.
  • Confusion – wigs are hot, itchy and good ones are expensive, but what kind of life can I expect if  I’m openly bald?

I am so excited to introduce you to this week’s podcast guest, Liesel Teversham.Liesel Teversham photo

Liesel is an expert in the practice of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) a method to quiet your reactions to stress and enable yourself to make good decisions — even in the midst of stressful circumstances. Along with a guided EFT session specifically for women facing hair loss during the interview, Liesel has graciously provided you with two gifts and a generous bonus for those wishing to take a deeper dive into EFT (see below).

About Liesel

• Co-founder of The EFT Academy of Southern
Africa and an EFT Trainer.
• Author of “No Problem. Upside of Saying No”
She helps women to make mindful career transitions when their job no longer fills them with joy.
• Creator of the “Savvy Self-Care Secrets Telesummit.”

pam-fitros-podcas-cover-1Click to listen to Liesel’s interview on

Boldly Bald Women: How to Survive and Thrive in a Hair Obsessed World

 

Liesel’s Gifts:

EFT Quick Start Guide

EFT Cheat Sheet (Tapping Points

What Does A Boldly Bald Woman Have To Do To Find A Good Man?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, how does a bald women go about finding a good man? Should she wear a wig and never, ever tell? Should she tell right away? Should she wait? Until when? Should she start out boldly bald and let the chips fall as they may? After all everyone knows men don’t find bald women attractive, right?

But is that assumption right – as in the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Is it even close to the truth? Share your views in the comments below – do you agree with Doug’s perspective?

This week my guest on Boldly Bald Women: How To Survive and Thrive in a Hair Obsessed world is Doug Foresta. Doug has some interesting thoughts to share about his own baldness and what makes bald women – what makes any woman attractive. I think you’ll be surprised at what you hear.

Doug Foresta, LICSW is a practicing therapist, radio host, and expert interviewer. He is producer and host of the Doug Foresta Show on Blog Talk Radio and Creating Change on Empower Radio. Doug has interviewed hundreds of experts in various fields, including Academy Award Winners, New York Times Bestselling Authors and CEO’s and he is one of the kindest, most generously supportive man I’ve ever known. I can’t wait to share him with you!

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Boldly Bald Women Podcast is Officially Launched!

I am so excited to share with you that the long awaited podcast, Boldly Bald Women: How to Survive and Thrive in a Hair Obsessed World is now live and available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Many of you have asked what you can do to help get the word out about this very unique podcast, and now’s the time to pull together and make it happen.

The goal is to get our podcast into the New and Noteworthy category. This is a place where new and interesting podcasts are showcased for the first eight weeks after the initial launch date. It is a huge deal to be included in that category because hundreds of thousands of eyes will see it. That will give us the opportunity to expose the podcast to a broad base of people. Who knows who among them will be, or know, or love someone struggling with female hair loss. Please help me reach as many as possible. Here’s how:

1. Subscribe to the podcast – Boldly Bald Women: How to Survive and Thrive in a Hair Obsessed World.  It’s free.

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2. Download the episodes to your computer to listen to and share.

3. Leave a star rating and a review with comments as to your thoughts on the value of the podcast.

4. Post the link to the podcast in your facebook/Linked in pages, online communities and groups. Tweet and re-tweet frequently.

Let’s send this throughout the world and create a viral breeze of comfort and hope to all those who struggle with the emotional and social impacts of hair loss.

I have published three episodes in order to give people a taste of what the podcast will be like. An introduction, an interview with Deeann Callis Graham about the inspiration and process of creating her newly published book called Head On, Stories of Alopecia, and an interview with Melanie Moyer, founder of www.HerHairHelp.com and co-administrator of the facebook group Alopecia Areata.

Thank you, one and all, so very much.

Why it is Important to Share Your Story with Courage and Authenticity

I’m a bald woman – a boldly bald woman who refuses to hide her head under hot, itchy wigs so nobody will see my baldness and ridicule me.

So what? Why should anybody care that I choose to face the world every day with my bald head shining and a smile on my face?

Because we’re all bald in some way. We all have something about ourselves we are uncomfortable with, something we’d  rather hide than risk being singled out for or rejected because of, something that drains self-confidence and hobbles genuineness. Those challenges are blessings in disguise opportunities for self-acceptance and growth.

I’m sharing this interview with Eamonn O’Brien, President of The Reluctant Speaker’s Club located in Dublin, Ireland, to illustrate the power of story to change perceptions and facilitate growth.

Why should you listen? Because you have a story too – that only you can tell – that has the potential to touch someone else and help them to break through their own circumstances and reclaim their self-confidence and joy.

http://www.thereluctantspeakersclub.com/blog/2015/05/courageous-authentic-storytelling-irresistible-speak-podcast-45/

Today I Had Occasion to Consider My Death

None of us will get out of this world alive. But how often do we think about what a wonderful adviser the inevitability of death can be to our everyday living?

I went from not feeling well to a priority one ride in an ambulance.  It was a small stroke (TIA) and spent three days in the hospital. Follow up testing returned a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy. If I don’t do anything, I’ll live a few more years. With treatment I’ll likely live an ‘almost’ normal life span.

I’d been given a gift of reprieve in which to look at my life.

What will I do with the time I have left?

What am I doing now? Is it the best use of my time for myself and those I love?

Is there something I’m doing I would be happier letting go of?

Am I doing something with my time that will offer help and solace to another?

Will there be a ripple effect from my time here that will go on after my physical presence is no more?

All of those questions led me to this final question:  Is there something I want or need to change?

Here are my answers.

I will love those God has brought into my life through the sharing of my time, my energy and my joy, and reminding them they are loved and their presence in my life is cherished. I will release petty injuries and injustices that are simply part of life and keep my relationships in good repair as I am able.

I recognize the value in my work to help women step out of the shadow of their fear, reconnect with their courage and reclaim their self-esteem and joy. What I do offers them solace and hope and provides encouragement and laughter. These things touch woman to woman in ever outward ripples.. My efforts make a difference in the lives of others and that is a legacy I am happy with.

Although I am happy with my direction and purpose for the time I have left, there are changes to be made.

I will listen to the needs of my body and stop abusing it with poor nutritional choices and lack of exercise to help it live longer and healthier. I will let go of the mind set that not being able to do something perfectly means not doing it at all, and adopt a mantra of small steps in the right direction will take me where I want to go. I will strive to do my best, and forgive myself for less than my best.

I will put the beloved people in my life first and my work second so I will have no regrets when my time as a sojourner through this world is done. I will do what I can, where I am, with what I have and be grateful for each new God-given day.

My Podcast is a Calving Glacier – An interview hosted by Kate Loving and The Collective Wisdom

Glacier CalvingIn a glacier getting ready to calve – nothing much seems to be happening until…it does.

But, in the shifting, stretching, splitting and sliding process of glacier calving, there’s a lot of covert activity.

What does this have to do with my upcoming podcast?

It’s been one heck of a cold winter and sitting in front of my computer with extra layers of clothing and my little space heater blowing hot air on feet refusing to warm up, a big chunk of ice breaking off from a bigger chunk of ice seems an appropriate metaphor.

There’s a lot to learn about podcasting before anything happens. I’ve been shifting, stretching, splitting and sliding my way through the learning curve of how-to.

And now, poised on the edge is a video interview ready to slide from the mother lode of topics to come.

During this interview Kate Loving Shenk, radio talk show host of Kate Loving And The Collective Wisdom, asks some insightful questions into the purpose and potential of Boldly Bald Women and lays the foundation for the benefits of listening to the-soon-to-be-released podcast series.

Take a look, if you will please. Share the interview with your media world. Help me reach the women who will benefit from hearing the podcasts and having opportunities for more individualized help.

Why? Because, if you don’t already know a woman who struggles with the emotional and social impacts of hair loss, or know of someone who does, the likelihood is that at some time in the future you will. And you’ll already know how best to help. Click link to view.

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What Can You Do? Will You?

What a different world this would be if everyone did just one kind thing for someone else each day. And if those who received such acts of kindness had an attitude of gratitude instead of the greedy sense of entitlement so many have these days.

You are so right that good people find themselves in horrendous situations. And, unfortunately, good people with the means and desire to help are often taken advantage of horribly and pull back from offering aid.

In our time of lightening fast communication it seems the negatives find a way to fly into our homes and lives so much faster and are more frequently focused on than the positive, genuine and generous.

It is said that what we think, so we become. What we focus on is what we think about. I believe there is true evil in the world, and it is not to be denied nor underestimated.

But…what if we focus on bringing the good – and there is good – to the foreground of our thoughts and lives? What if we as individuals and nations and a world energized the good and took sensationalism away from the bad?
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Upcoming Podcast – Boldly Bald Women: How to Survive and Thrive in a Hair-Obsessed World

I am so excited to share the newly created cover for my upcoming podcast. I will be interviewing both experts and women who have struggled with hair loss and found a way to regain their self confidence and reclaim their joy. The mission of this podcast is to extend our reach to as many women as possible who would benefit from acceptance, understanding and knowledge about thriving as bald women.

Please share this on your facebook pages. Together we can open a pathway for our sisters to follow that will make living with alopecia – or any other form of hair loss – easier for those who follow us.

I am currently scheduling interviews and look forward to hearing from women with stories and tips about how to go from the shadows of shame, embarrassment and fear to that place of confidence and joy. If you have a story to tell about living as a Boldly Bald Woman or the steps you went through to get to that place, please email me at psfitros@att.com with “Podcast Interview” in the subject line.

I am so grateful to alopecia universalis for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful world-wide community!

Pam Fitros, author
Boldly Bald Women
psfitros@att.net

57% of Teen Girls and 44% of Adult Women Agree Hair Defines Who They Are

Podcasting – Who Says You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

I am sooooo excited! I’m learning how to PODCAST! The first time I heard the word I wondered why someone would use milkweed pods for cast fishing. Do you know what podcasting is? It’s a lot easier to learn than you might think. I’ve joined a FREE online course and I’m so thrilled to have found it I want to share with anyone who might be interested.  Here’s the information:

I’m Taking the 30-Day Podcasting Challenge – Are You?

  • Are you an author, speaker, coach, or entrepreneur with a message to share?
  • Would you like to discover a HOT medium that helps you expand your reach?
  • Do you want to learn a POWERFUL and AFFORDABLE way to market your book to a global audience?

Then you are in the right place, at the right time!

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I’m thrilled to share with you D’vorah Lansky and Doug Foresta’s 30-Day Podcasting Challenge

During the 30-Day Podcasting Challenge you’ll have access to step-by-step tutorials, expert interviews, articles, daily action steps, hot tips, special gifts, and opportunities to expand your online presence.

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How cool is that?!!!