A Yahoo Lifestyle article highlights a wonderful new children’s book, Ella the Enchanted Princess, which is a wonderful gift for children who are coping with cancer and alopecia or baldness. In the book, Ella the Enchanted Princess, is just like any other princess. She wears a crown, a pretty dress and has fun-filled adventures. The only difference is she is bald. With the recent slew of Taxotere lawsuits coming out, alleging alopecia as a negative side effect of the drug, it is nice to see society developing ways to decrease the negative self-image associated with hair loss in women.

Child reading book featuring a bald princess

A Groundbreaking Book

The book was created by Rosaria Calafati, mother of six and a breast cancer survivor. Calafati wrote the book after she experienced how people looked at her differently when she was bald. Ella, the princess, deals with problems kids with cancer and alopecia face on a daily basis. In the first book, the princess faces a huge problem, looking at herself in the mirror. She is so ashamed of her bald appearance that she wears disguises. But she realizes her self-worth and makes peace with who she is.

Calafati self-published the book on Amazon in October, but also announced her partnership with the Baldie Movement, a nonprofit that serves women and children who experience hair loss as a result of cancer or alopecia. There is no question that ideas of beauty play a major role in children’s self-esteem and even their emotional well-being. Studies have linked hair loss from diseases such as alopecia to mental illnesses such as depression. Norm-challenging books like Ella are crucial to positively influence children’s ideas about the world early on and improve their self-image.

How is Taxotere Associated With Alopecia?

Woman with Alopecia from Taxotere

Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug that is used to treat breast, lung, gastric, head, neck and prostate cancers. The drug is administered by injection into a vein and its goal is to prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Taxotere in October 2006. However, there is a risk that between 3 percent and 6 percent of patients who receive this drug could experience long-term hair loss or alopecia.

Alopecia covers a number of conditions that may result in partial or complete hair loss and can affect various part of the body. Alopecia Areata, also known as spot baldness, affects a considerable number of people with varying severity, but has been known to spontaneously reverse. However, with Alopecia Totalis, the hair loss is much more severe and affects the entire body including eyebrows and eyelashes. Studies have shown that hair loss can have devastating psychological consequences for sufferers, regardless of how it is caused, be it for women, children or men.

Call d’Oliveira & Associates Today!

Taxotere LawyerIf you or someone you love has suffered permanent hair loss or other negative side effects as a result of taking Taxotere, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical and cosmetic treatments including wigs, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our law firm is working with some of the more experienced Taxotere lawyers in the country who are handling these cases regularly. Call us as 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.


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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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