First let me say how much support I felt from this thread throughout my battles with TE and hair loss. It's such a difficult thing to deal with, as you all know, but hearing the stories and questions of other women going through the same thing as myself gave me strength knowing I wasn't alone. I promised myself after all the days I wanted to post about my hair shed, that when I did recover I would write it on here. I read so many heart-wrenching stories on here but not enough of the recovery ones that can give women like us hope! I have been considering posting on here for a few weeks, but I guess I was too scared that my decline in shedding was just temporary and life was playing a cruel joke on me...but now I can safely say I think I've won this battle (for now). I have had TE shedding for the past 6 months. I lost about 60% of my hair and thickness. While I have become good at covering up the thin spots, I still miss the volume I once had. Like many of other women I've read on here- hair loss turned my life upside down. I became highly anxious, I feared showering and brushing my hair, I woke up early just to take out my ponytail so that I could get the worst shedding over with- then quickly put it back up so I wouldn't have to feel the hair fall for the rest of the day. I had a horribly itchy and scalp that was visible to others who looked close enough. I stopped wanting to go out with my friends so I wouldn't have to style it and have pictures taken constantly fearing that the dreaded day would come when someone asked me what was going on with my hair. It consumed my every thought and action for majority of the past year. Luckily, I had the strength and support of my boyfriend and family who helped me through it (yet none of my friends knew since I was too embarrassed to tell them). After 2 horribly rude and unhelpful dermatologists, I finally found a great one. We never were able to find a specific trigger for the TE besides a possible hormone imbalance from missing periods last spring and running more (I lost my period for 2 months). So I knew it was just a matter of a waiting game. At my worst, I shed about 350-400 hairs a day, on average I would lose about 200 most days, and has decreased ever since. I started taking 5,000mcg of Biotin daily, pre-natal vitamins, and iron supplements (since my levels tested relatively low). I ate super healthy but rounded out meals with enough calories and protein to meet my needs. Slowly but surely, it is working. Now I currently lose about 30-40 hairs (which is considered "normal" yet it still hurts me since my hair has thinned so much). But looking back to where I was physically (with hair shed) and emotionally (my anxiety about it) I have come so far and that gives me hope for my re-growth. After reading other women's stories about experiencing shedding for years on end with no stop or hair shed from more serious medical issues, I feel extremely grateful that mine does not seem that serious. I continue to pray every day for every woman affected by alopecia and their struggles throughout it, just knowing how bad mine was with 6 months of TE. I still hate shedding my hair, fear the shower and pictures, and constantly worry that TE will come back for a third time in my life. But at least I know that I can get through it, I have the strength from these past two times. There isn't much re-growth yet that I can see, but I am just so thankful to be losing "normal" amounts it'll hold me over until the re-growth happens. I also finally opened up to a few of my friends about what I was going through, and well I kind of lost it emotionally haha. They looked at me like "what are you talking about?" They noticed I wore my hair up more than ever and that somedays my hair looked dirtier (Since I didn't wash as much as I should've) but never ever thought that I was losing it. My fears this whole time were that everyone knew and no one would say anything but that wasn't the case at all. They say only now that I point it out, they can tell a difference in the volume, but with good styling and techniques any stranger wouldn't notice. I wanted to share this because I honestly feel this is probably the case for many of you. I know we feel and ARE losing a lot of hair so we notice every single hair that comes out...but not everyone else does. Cut yourselves some slack, look in the mirror and tell yourself you are a beautiful strong women who can get through anything (even if it is day-by-day as I forced myself to do). Another thing that really helped me since I felt so down about my image was making myself feel good in every other way besides my hair- I wore clothes that made me feel good, took time to put make-up one, worked out and kept active. It was hard to make myself do it somedays but the days I did and got compliments from others it was just the thing I needed to get through another day! I hope my success has given hope to someone else out there that TE will end eventually even if it feels like it never will, and that when doctors say "you will not go bald"- except for extreme cases, you really won't. You may have super thin hair but you will have it and boy am I thankful for every hair on my head now! I will never take hair for granted again nor will I ever complain about a "bad hair day"