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Alopecia Areata: The shame and embarrassment of this disease devastates the lives of too many women and girls when treatments do not work. Since 2007 Bald Girls Do Lunch has connected with over 3,000 to restore self-confidence and conquer isolation. With requests for meet-ups in every state and beyond the USA, Bald Girls is answering the plea for women to find others for community and support. From intimate groups to style workshops to restoring her looks, BGDL puts women on the track to normalcy and living well with this disease. Learn more...





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Alopecia Areata Patient Survey: Work and Personal Life

July 3rd, 2022 by Chassin
  • Bald Girls Do Lunch conducted an online survey for adults identifying as female and having any type of alopecia areata.

  • 181 completed surveys were received from respondents in the United States and Canada.
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Alopecia Areata Patient Survey: Challenges Revealed

June 21st, 2022 by Chassin

Bald Girls Do Lunch conducted an online survey of self-selected adults identifying as female and having any type of alopecia areata.

Which of the following are feelings or challenges you have encountered at any time in living with alopecia areata? Check all that have ever applied to you.

Multi-color bar graph lists the feelings and challenges of women living with alopecia areata.

Bar Color%Answer
72.9Frustration that there are no treatments to help me
67.2Worrying that people are staring at me
65.0Worrying that people think I’m wearing a wig
64.4Wishing I was normal
64.4Fearing that my wig will come off or look fake in windy weather
63.3Wishing I was attractive as I used to be
62.1Feeling uncomfortable that people assume I am a cancer patient
52.5Afraid that my spouse or partner no longer finds me attractive
49.2Feeling like a freak
47.5Explaining that I am not going through chemotherapy
44.1Dealing with friends or family who think they know what treatments I should try
41.8Worrying that my hair will fall out again after regrowth
41.8Feeling ashamed
41.2Feeling that I will not attract a mate
40.7No longer doing activities I once enjoyed
23.6All other responses
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An Alopecia Story: Mother and Daughter Speak Out!

June 20th, 2022 by Chassin

A daring grade schooler and her mom reveal why they choose to address alopecia head-on within family, school and community. Their insights on squashing bullies and bedazzling a beautiful bald head inspire smiles.


FDA Approves Medication for Severe Alopecia Areata

June 17th, 2022 by Chassin
FDA Approves First Systemic Treatment for Alopecia Areata

Eli Lilly is the first pharmaceutical company to receive FDA approval for systemic treatment of severe, adult alopecia areata with JAK Inhibitor molecules. The medication, Olumiant (baricitinib), is taken orally once a day.

Two other pharmaceutical companies, Concert and Pfizer, are not far behind. Both will be seeking FDA approval for their treatments using JAKs at the conclusion of their clinical trials.

Concert’s trial is known as THRIVE AA-2.
Pfizer’s trial is known as ALLEGRO.


Thea Chassin on Inside Edition show

March 29th, 2022 by Chassin

The Inside Edition TV show on CBS with Thea Chassin & women with Alopecia Areata.

Tonight! March 30th

Inside Edition TV show
features women with alopecia

Check your local listings

7 pm eastern and pacific on CBS

InsideEdition.com


The National Bald Out, September 16, 2022

December 26th, 2021 by Chassin

Save the Date

The National Bald Out®

September 16, 2022

In what city will you and your friends be heading out to celebrate over lunch?

Let us know by sending an email to events@BaldGirlsDoLunch.org.

The National Bald Out is your special day.

“If you ever wanted to go out bald with other women, The Bald Out is for you.”
~ Thea Chassin CEO and Founder, Bald Girls Do Lunch


Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Turns Blue for NY Alopecia Areata Awareness September 16, 2021

September 10th, 2021 by Chassin
Mario Como Bridge at night lit up in blue lights.

DETAILS:
6:30 pm, Tarrytown Riverwalk, Tarrytown NY
Meetup location: On the Riverwalk just west of 240 West Main St. Park in Lot E

  • Meet Thea Chassin, Founder of Bald Girls Do Lunch
  • Watch the bridge turn from daylight to blue
  • Photo-ops fun: bring a blue LED or wear something blue
  • Creative? Make a sign: #LightitUpBlue4AlopeciaAreata

2021 National Campaign: #LightitUpBlue4AlopeciaAreata

September 10th, 2021 by Chassin
Mario Como Bridge at night lit up in blue lights.

Landmarks and Bridges Are Illuminating Blue for Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

Bridges, buildings and other landmarks across the United States will be illuminated blue in September to raise awareness for this important autoimmune disease.

The current illumination schedule is HERE. Any updates or additions to the schedule will be posted on this website.

If you plan to visit an illumination, we invite you to take a photo and tag your social media postings with the hashtag: #LightItUpBlue4AlopeciaAreata.

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Clinical Trial for Adults with Alopecia Areata

August 27th, 2021 by Chassin
THRIVE-AA2

A clinical research study is currently recruiting adults

Ages 18-65 with a diagnosis of alopecia areata
Who have lost 50% or more of the hair on their head
To participate in a study of an oral investigational drug.

For more details visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Clinical Trials website.

Bald Girls Do Lunch is providing this announcement for informational purposes only. Bald Girls Do Lunch does not imply endorsement.  The decision to participate is voluntary and wholly the responsibility of the individual person.