Rebecca was only 13 years old when she was diagnosed with impulse control disorder (ICD), also known as Trichotillomania – a condition that involves strong urges to pull out one’s own hair.
Rebbeca had no idea why she pulled her hair. She just knew that she couldn’t stop.
“I felt a sense of relief when I pulled out my lashes, it then progressed to my eyebrows. Eventually I was pulling the hairs from my scalp and it just became a habit,” Rebecca said.
By the time she turned 15, she needed to wear a wig to hide her patchy bald spots. She used to make up excuses for the bald spot on the back of her head.
She knew people doubted her stories, but she couldn’t face telling them what was really happening.
Rebecca spent most of her life hiding her secret. “I felt like I had no control over what I was doing to myself,” she said.
She was called names such as “wiggy” or “baldy” by bullies. At one point, someone pulled her wig from behind in front of a room of people.
But in 2012, she met a man that would forever change her life. Within a week of dating, Rebecca admitted her hair-pulling disorder to boyfriend Tim who showed unbelievable compassion and support.
Rebecca got engaged at 26 and her fiance Tim decided to give her a gift that prevents her from pulling her natural hair.
On their wedding day, Tim gave Rebecca a gift that would allow her to live a normal life. The Intralace System – an expensive hairpiece, filled in the bald patches on Rebecca’s scalp and gave her the long gorgeous locks she had always longed for.
“It feels amazing to finally feel confident and I couldn’t have been happier when I was walking down the aisle with my luscious locks,” the happy bride said.
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