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Buonanotte a te che dormi o se guardi il soffitto, buonanotte da solo o in compagnia, buonanotte che tu pensi o che tu sogni. Buonanotte, però non bagnarti le guance: le soluzioni ai tuoi malanni si vedono meglio col sole; i problemi universali non li risolvi in due o tre ore. Io ti stringo forte al cuore, buonanotte.
—  About a moonlight.
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The Harmonia Macrocosmica of Andreas Cellarius

3.ORBIUM PLANETARUM TERRAM COMPLECTENTIUM SCENOGRAPHIA - Scenography of the planetary orbits encompassing the Earth.    

5.SCENOGRAPHIA SYSTEMATIS COPERNICANI - Scenography of the Copernican world system.   

10.CORPORUM COELESTIUM MAGNITUDINES - The sizes of the celestial bodies [in some copies the terrestrial sphere has the continents drawn in by hand].   

15. TYPUS ASPECTUUM, OPPOSITIONUM ET CONIUNCTIONUM ETZ IN PLANETIS - The (astrological) aspects, such as opposition, conjunction, etc., among the planets.    

16. THEORIA SOLIS PER ECCENTRICUM SINE EPICYCLO - Representation of the Sun in an eccentric orbit without epicycles.    

18. THEORIA LUNÆ, EIUS MOTUM PER ECCENTRICVM ET EPICYCLVM DEMONSTRANS - Representation of the Moon showing its motion in an eccentric orbit with epicycles.    

19. TYPUS SELENOGRAPHICUS LUNÆ PHASES ET ASPECTUS VARIOS ADUMBRANS [some copies from the 1660 edition have the nonsensical reading ‘… OS ADVARIUMBRANS’] - Selenographic diagram depicting the varying phases and appearances of the Moon by (means of) shading.

source: Theological Institute, University of Utrecht

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Alopecia has not and never will hold me back. I’m so lucky to have found a wonderful man who has accepted me for who I am. Going to prom without a wig was the best decision I could have ever made. I’m glad I didn’t give into pressure from my grandmother. I love Andres with all my heart! I encourage anyone who has alopecia or anything they’re struggling with to step out of your comfort zone and do what you think will make you happy! It’s how I found him!!!!

Alopecia and I

I’ve got Alopecia. It’s been with me since Pre-k and I expect it will accompany me through the rest of my life.

I’ve been bald

I’ve been patchy

(I painted those dragons in the background)


(That last one was when I got a henna tattoo, but it was very badly done, just take note of the irregular hair pattern)

And I’ve appeared “normal”

(I also painted the dragon on that parasol)

I’ve been asked “Who went at you with a weed-eater?”

I’ve worn wigs.

I’ve been asked if I have cancer.

I’ve been stared at endlessly.

I’ve been devastated that I’ll never be able to dye my hair or style it however I want (which mostly involves long braids and lots of flowers).

I’ve tried all sorts of weird experiments to get my hair back.

And I haven’t had a full head of hair since fourth grade.

But you know what? I never once gave up. Even when I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, I didn’t sit down and cry. I always thought of something good my Alopecia gave me- like that I’ve still never shaved my legs and that I’ve always been allowed to wear hats to school.

When my hair fell, my spirits did not. When my scalp shone, so did my smile. And eventually, I became 100% comfortable with my own skin. I know I’m beautiful and I will never let my hair tell me otherwise.

So, thank you, Alopecia, my oldest friend. I wouldn’t take the cure for you even if they found one. I don’t know what I would do without you.

And too all else out there with painful trials in life- male, female; alopecia or acne; interior or exterior…. I hope this gives you the example you need to keep your head up.

As I have always said…

Stay strong, and smile always.

~Emylie.

So, this is me back in 2011.

Completely bald, and even missing half an eyebrow if you look.

This is an intensified case of Alopecia areata (not universalis because I didn’t lose all my body hair).
And here, here is my story:
I was “diagnosed with Alopecia partway through Pre-K. The doctor said it was "child’s Alopecia” and that I would grow out of it.
Well, from Pre-K all the way into 6th grade, I had a single bald patch hiding somewhere on my scalp. My mother made me always wear my hair in a ponytail, and I thought it as the most awful thing ever.
But in 6th grade, all BUT a few patches of my hair fell out.
So my mom and I found a wig, and it came in the mail on Halloween, and I got to wear it with my costume- so I was pretty excited.
A few weeks later, I moved schools, and everyone could immediately tell it was a wig. For months, I lied and tried to convince them otherwise, but not a single person believed it. And one day, on the school playground, I broke, and confessed that it was indeed a wig.
I then found myself surprised when the boy who asked said, “Cool!” then asked if I could take it off.
Well, when I did (behind a tree so all the other kids wouldn’t see), I didn’t anticipate that he would come back with his friends and they would come back with theirs. By the end of recess, I was waving my wig around like a flag, and I crammed it into my locker as soon as I got back inside.
That day built a whole lot of courage and self confidence for me. That sort of bravery may not be something for all out there with Alopecia, but I could never encourage anything more highly.
After that, however, my hair did grow back, but I had a huge bald patch on the back of my head (which was all sorts of fun and games in the world of drawing faces). Later, by freshman year, everything fell out. It did that two more times after that, too.

My dad was always there to help: he had his eyes and ears out for little things that he thought might be the cause or the cure. One time, he actually heard it might be a fungus on the skin, and proceeded to cover my head with antifungal foot spray every night for a month. All we got from that was a white, powdery pillow, and a lot of laughs. However, all the little experiments he braved weren’t for nothing; we did discover that tea tree oil is good for the skin and for the hair when it’s there. Massaging/stimulating the scalp is very encouraging for growth. But most useful is Saw Palmetto herbal supplements. Strangely, they’re suggested for men’s prostate health, but at this moment, I’ve got more hair than I have had in five years because I’ve been taking them.
So if you want your hair back, I suggest those three things.

But more than that, I encourage you to embrace yourself. I find my Alopecia to be a blessing (I’ve never had to shave my legs and I can often overcome any struggles in life, and have no problem being far from normal), and I wouldn’t take the cure if they had one.

I am proud to be who I am. Proud to have Alopecia. Proud to stand by all others blessed with it, and give them the courage they’re looking for.
Please, take off your wigs, take off your hats, take off your scarves, and smile. Do something bold like get some eyeliner and draw swirly likes all over your gorgeous scalp, or walk into a hair salon and ask them to “take a little off the sides.” Jump in front of a photographer in the street and captivate their interest.
Break your comfort zone and find a way to love you, for you.
But not matter what you do……
Stay strong, and smile always.
~Emylie.

Why some people need a slap to the face.

I was just looking through some videos on Alopecia treatments as I’m thinking of trying out a few to see what might work and I came across a pretty cool video of a hair model who documented her battle with the disease.

She tried some pretty intense treatments, cranial acupuncture (she got hammered in the head with 7 needles at a time), a topical immunity cream that’s, in theory, supposed to induce an allergic reaction on your head to distract your immune system and awaken your dormant hair follicles. You see her shave her head and laugh (I cried as I held my hair in my hands), and you see her emotional breakdown when her hair started to grow back and she got her first hair cut in 2 and half years. She unfortunately came down with Alopecia once again, but this time embraced it.

And in the comment section some idiot wrote: 

“what she was doint was already meaningful to her, fool. baldoes shouldnt procreate. period. we would reduce the occurence of alopecia in next generation significantly. baldness is unacceptable.”

Okay, this made me extremely angry. People who say comments like “baldness is unacceptable” should just get a slap in the face. For both men and women alopecia is no walk in the park, and comments such as these make me cry when I paint my eyebrows on, or pile my eye make up on and adjust my wig strap every morning, because I feel like they’re winning.

Being an ignorant douche is what’s unacceptable. So is the horrible spelling and grammar.

So stand there while I rub my bald head on your face. It makes it shiney.

Rant over.

Boy can you imagine how FURIOUS Praecipula got when she discovered Gerard had named their kid “mermaid”. You know, the kid who is hunted down precisely for being a human-mermaid hybrid offspring because their existence is essentially the worst crime in merfolk society. That’s why you don’t trust wizards on their ratiocination capability.

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Alopecia, new wig, and: to wig or not to wig? (by duvalditty73)