I have always had incredible hair; it was my outstanding feature. Up to 3 months ago, it was long, thick, and blond. Friends and hairdressers would tell me, "I wish I had your hair". And I took it for granted... Then I started to have heavy shedding. I didn't think too much about it, although I noticed the hair covered my carpet. I had taken medications that had led to hair loss, and my hair grew back just as full as before. In addition, I had so much hair I didn't notice. However, the top of my head seemed to be losing the most. I also was complaining about a burning sensation on my scalp. I asked my internist if my hair looked thinner - "No, not at all." I went to the dermatologist who said it was telogen effluvium and psoriasis (my scalp was red). She gave me topical cortisone, which cleared up the redness - still the hair fell out. By this time, I knew something was really wrong. I could see my scalp - nothing was growing back, and my hair was so thin I could barely make a ponytail. When I went back the next time, the dermatologist said it was androgenetic alopecia, prescribed Rogaine and said "Go for it!" She did not know what brought it on nor did she do any diagnostics (and she's been voted a top dermatologist). My sister, who is 4 years older (I'm 59), has been suffering from female pattern hair loss for 10 years. I used to think, "I'm so lucky I don't have to worry about my hair, I have enough hair for 2 people." Not any more. I don't have enough to cover my scalp. My mother told me it made her sick to look at me. My sister said she didn't want to talk about it. My therapist said "Get a wig." I came to this Forum because I feel alone, scared, angry, and sad. I miss looking in the mirror and seeing my wonderful hair. I can't look at photos because they all show me with a full head of hair. I feel that I've gone through a life change. I ask, "Why me? Why so quickly? What can I do? How do I cope? Who can help me through this?" I'm hoping I can find support and some answers here.