It's Day 23 of CCAM, and today’s "one-minute" video is with Aneela Idnani. Aneela shares the gold with her experience as a Trichotillomania survivor, better known as BFRB (Body Focused Repetitive Behavior).
So how does this tie into Childhood Cancer? It may. The behaviors of BFRB manifest intense urges of hairpulling, including eyelashes and eyebrows, skin picking, and nail biting. Those who engage do so to relieve stress or to experience gratification or other sensations. Any cancer patient, young or older, or anyone going through a traumatic event similar to BFRB may be enough to include a medical professional assessment.
Knowledge is power.
BFRBs are listed in the group of ‘Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders’ in the DSM-5.
Aneela is also a breast cancer survivor diagnosed on World Cancer Day, February 4, 2022. She is, thankfully, doing well today.
What I find most interesting in Aneela is that she is not standing by wondering if someone will develop something to help others with the same condition. Nope, she came up with the brilliant idea of wearing a smart bracelet, similar to the iWatch or other wrist timepieces, called Keen2.
This led her to be the CoFounder and President of HabitAware https://habitaware.com/to empower people like Aneela to combat compulsive hair pulling, nail-biting, and skin picking.
Aneela’s TEDxFargo talk has almost 200,000 views! This smart lady is onto something that can help so many people with BFRB! https://www.ted.com/talks/aneela_idnani_overcoming_trichotillomania_the_power_of_awareness/transcript
I’m thrilled Aneela was able to spend a few minutes with me explaining and sharing the gold of this condition that affects millions of people! No more suffering and shaming with the help of invention and technology. Habitware is Manufacturing Sunshine for thousands of people we know and love!