'Jeg har kæmpet med hårtab i det meste at mit voksne liv'
Sådan indleder den 50-årige Ricki Lake i et opslag på Instagram.
En lidelse, som hun har kæmpet med i godt og vel 30 år, skriver hun og forsikrer yderligere om, at hun hverken er syg eller lider af nogen form for midtvejskrise.
Lidelsen, som dels er bivirkninger af yoyo-vægt, stress og hormonbehandling, har tynget Ricki Lake så meget gennem årene, at hun på et tidspunkt overvejede at tage sit eget liv.
'Næsten ingen i mit liv vidste til graden af den dybe smerte og traume, jeg oplevede,' skriver 'The Ricki Lake Show'-værten og fortsætter:
'Ikke engang min terapeut gennem årene kendte til min hemmelighed'
Vis dette opslag på Instagram
Liberated and Free, Me. First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering. Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret. Deep breath Ricki…. Here goes….. I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life. It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth. I know that by sharing my truth, I will be striking a chord with so so many women and men. I am not alone in this and my goal is to help others while at the same time unshackle myself from this quiet hell I have been living in. Ever since I played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray back in 1988 and they triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming, my hair was never the same. (Yes, that was all my own hair in the film.) From Hairspray to Hairless. :( In my case, I believe my hair loss was due to many factors, yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions. Working as talent on various shows and movies, whether DWTS or my talk show, also took its toll on my fine hair. I got used to wearing extensions, really just over the last decade. All different kinds, tried them all, the ones that are glued on, the tape-ins, the clip ins, and then into a total hair system that I hated, and finally to a unique solution that really did work pretty well for me for the last 4 or 5 years. I tried wigs on a few occasions but never could get used to them. It all felt fake and I was super self-conscious and uncomfortable. I’ve been to many doctors, gotten steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some. My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening. To read more: please go to my Facebook page.
'Jeg har været hos mange læger, fået steroid injektioner i hovedet og taget diverse kosttilskud. Mit hår kom ud for dernæst ryge af igen. Det var til at blive skør af '.
Ydermere håber hun, at hun ved at bryde tabuet kan nå ud til andre kvinder og mænd, der døjer med selvsamme lidelse.
Tidligere har hun båret paryk og extensions, men da hun netop træder ind i en ny æra, vil hun kun gøre brug af dette 'for sjov' skriver hun.
Hendes 'karsede' frisure vil fremover være en del af hendes look, og hun vil ikke længere gemme sig for offentligheden med sit hårtab.