Firstly, I want to apologise to you all for the length of this post.
But today has been a turn around day for me.
It’s been an emotional roller-coaster.
I’d seen a poster on the wall in London Victoria a couple of times, and I’d thought that I should make an appointment. But I’d always put it off. For me it was the embarrassment of going somewhere based solely on hair loss, as everyone would know why I was there. But, after biting the bullet and getting over my fear I can honestly say that visiting the Belgravia Centre today was one of the best decisions I ever made, even IF the treatment prescribed doesn’t work (which I hope will not be the case!)
I felt so sick this morning, I think the nerves just got the better of me. Once we arrived at Victoria the centre was really easy to find. I’m going to be 100% honest with you all now – going through the door was probably one of the hardest parts of the day. I was really conscious that people walking on the street would laugh or stare at me walking in. But the windows are really discreet, and once you are through the door you feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
The entire establishment is spotless, the girls on reception were so friendly and they also offer free tea and coffee while you wait which was a real brucey bonus after such a long morning of travelling!
Once I had filled in my initial form I was taken into the first consultation room, that was when reality for me set in. The raw emotion. Alexandra took photos of my hair so that we could view potential progress. It was the first time in a while that I had seen my head…
Seeing these made it so much more real. But the worst was yet to come.
I was then informed that because my alopecia had been left for 6 years there were patches on my head that would never grow back and that I would have them for the rest of my life. I was then offered a contact for wigs; nothing could of have prepared me (or my other half) for that! I wont lie, that was when the floodgates opened.
For all of you that have heard the same devastating news I have, for those of you that already suffer with alopecia, or for when you are having a ‘down day’; please remember that you are beautiful and you are an inspiration.
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Something that I will really look forward to when I go back to The Belgravia Centre for my next appointment is the scalp treatment that you receive. I had a menthol crème applied, my whole head steamed, a wash, condition, massage, infrared comb and lights and then a menthol gel. For someone who hasn’t been to the hairdressers or had someone massage their scalp for 6 years this treatment felt INCREDIBLE! You are in a completely secluded room so that no-one else can see you (which I think is lovely, as they really value your privacy) The lady leaves you for 15 minutes whilst the steamer is on and you are given a complimentary hot drink and an ipad to use to pass the time. Me being me, I thought I’d take a cheeky selfie to show you guys what it was like…
As part of my package, I get to experience this relaxing (and hopefully hair growth encouraging) treatment 4 times over the next year 🙂 I would be really interested to hear from those of you that have had this done and hear how your experiences were.
The Belgravia Centre offers a range of treatments that are tailored to the needs of each patient and I would highly recommend them.
I personally, have been given tablets (which smell like rotten cabbage I might add!) and a cream to apply to my problem areas every night. I will be taking photos regularly to see my progress and will, of course, keep you all up to date!
Here is the link to The Belgravia Centre website for those of you that are interested: www.belgraviacentre.com
And here is a link to some of their success stories: www.belgraviacentre.com/success-stories
I really would recommend visiting their page and reading more information about what they are all about as I can not praise them enough. Hopefully, in December, I will able to praise them even more after seeing improvement in my alopecia areata.
Until my next post, keep smiling and being confident. You are amazing!