Since I began pulling out my hair over 20 years ago I do not remember one day that I did not pull at least one hair on my body out. Yes there have been times in which I had no bald spots, had all of my eyelashes, etc...but I still pulled. It was not for lack of trying. There was a time that I saw therapists, tried medication, and would even try to will myself to stop. Yet I kept right on pulling. I have a disorder called trichotillomania.
No matter how much help I received, how hard I tried, or how much my heart yearned to stop, I still pulled one hair a day. For every day that I tried, and every day that I did not succeed, I took that as an opportunity to consider myself failure. I said it out loud. I called myself a failure to other people even.
Then, about a year ago the "failure self-talk" stopped. Acceptance replaced it. I have trichotillomania. It's a part of who I am - at least for now; maybe always. AND, there is nothing wrong with me. I accept the me that is today. I am giving myself a break, and I am taking the opportunity to love myself rather than beat myself up.
Since I have began my journey a little over a year ago I have stumbled upon many support group pages, facebook groups, and individuals on twitter. It has been a blessing to meet and talk with others like myself who know what it is like to live with trich. No matter how it presented in each and every one of us, I knew that no matter who I was speaking to that we GOT each other. Finally, I was amongst others who were like me. I found a community of hair pullers and that felt and feels good to me.
That said there is one thing that I kept finding myself getting triggered over. I kept getting bothered whenever people were discussing being pull free. What was it about that, that had me so bothered. I originally thought that I was jealous of those that could be pull free. As I started to ask myself questions I got that it was not the celebration of being pull free that had me triggered. It was the moment the person would mention I was pull free for X amount of days but today I pulled. Usually after that statement was followed by another that would show how disappointed they were or ask the question, "What is wrong with me?". That is what was and does break my heart every time I see those statements.
Coming from someone who has not been pull free. To go one day....JUST ONE DAY is amazing. It is a SUCCESS. I feel like that feet should be celebrated! We all know how hard that is to do. Maybe that will be the beginning of never pulling a strand of hair out again. However, it may not be. And, rather than taking the time to "pick/pull apart" at the drama of what happened, what went wrong, what you did wrong, or what is wrong with you, let's take that moment to celebrate. Yes, I said CELEBRATE.