Detroit, MI, August 13, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Cheryl Carvery, the co-founder of AlopeciaWorld.NET, started losing clumps of the hair on her head 17 years ago. Her hair fell out so quickly that, by the time she had a doctor’s appointment, nearly all of it was gone.
Eventually, she was diagnosed with alopecia areata (patchy hair loss) – a non-contagious and unpredictable condition in which the immune system, which is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the tiny cup-shaped structures from which hairs grow.
As she later learned firsthand, this can also lead to partial or complete hair loss on other parts of the body.
The diagnosis was devastating psychologically and socially, but after struggling mightily she transformed her so-called stigma into a distinction. Now she proudly alternates between sporting the bald and beautiful look and a low-cut hairstyle that her fiancé, richard jones (rj), describes as “alopecic and adorable.”
Over the years, she has spent countless hours reaching out to many other women and men suffering from the various forms of chronic and severe hair loss collectively known as alopecia.
But recently, her desire to make a positive different in the lives of the millions of alopecians around the world led her and her fiancé rj to launch the popular and unique social networking site known as Alopecia World.
“My fiancé has always encouraged me to extend my compassionate reach,” says Carvery. “So he and I came up with the idea of launching what many people fondly refer to as ‘the MySpace for baldies.’”
They opened the site only a few months ago, on March 7, 2008, and already more than 5,000 people visit the highly interactive, informative, and inspiring community each month, and 1,400 of those visitors have become registered members.
The members of Alopecia World consider themselves a family, not only because most of them are coping with alopecia, but also because all of them seek to give and receive uplifting support and encouragement through their personal profiles, blogs, videos, photos, groups, chat and engaging discussions on the public forums.
“The members of Alopecia World are also raising alopecia awareness and funds for alopecia research,” noted Carvery. “But most important, we are raising each other’s spirits to unprecedented levels of hope and confidence that, despite our hair loss, we can still be big winners in the game of life.”
According to the site, it is a place “where acceptance is all there is.” But there’s no doubt that alopecians and their loved ones and friends are discovering far more in this beloved online community.
See for yourself at www.alopeciaworld.net, and be sure to bring others with you.