My name is Tami and I am what you call a Trichster. Not because I play jokes on people but because I have Trichotillomania. I have hid this for 40 years because it is very embarrassing to have. My close family and friends do not even know I have this condition that causes you to pull the hair out of your head. Sometimes you don’t even know that you are doing it. It is a condition that takes away your self esteem. You isolate yourself from people that you love so that they never know your secret. You stop going out with friends and family. You stop enjoying life because if you go swimming ,or to amusement parks or any place other than your home, you worry that your hat or scarf will fall off and then everyone will see that you are bald. Then these people will ask a million questions and give a million suggestions. Every day of your life you think about how you are going to hide your bald head. It is something that you think about all of the time.
My hair pulling became so bad that I could no longer hide it. I was completely bald. Just going grocery shopping became a nightmare for me . I ordered cheap wigs from eBay and they were so horrible that I would have to wear large bandanas or headbands to hide the bad hairline. If the headbands moved just a tiny bit, you could see the stitches in the wig.
Then one day I contacted Operation BeYoutiful, I was not actually expecting any help but I needed to try. I thought they would say no since it is a condition you end up causing to yourself. To my surprise I was told that they would buy me a wig. A real wig! I was fitted for one and at no cost to me they gave me a beautiful wig. They never judged me or looked at me funny. They lifted up my spirits and made me feel good about myself again. Every single person that I have met has been just incredible. Now I can go out w my friends and no one has a clue that my hair is not actually attached to my head. I can visit my family for holidays and not one person notices my hair.
Operation Beyoutiful has given me so much of my life back. I am so grateful for everything that they have done for me. I am grateful and blessed to have found them. What they do for me and others is just incredible.