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Katherine

Katherine

Name: Katherine Brooks
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Liverpool
Campaign: Raising awareness of alopecia

I started to develop alopecia when I was 17 years old. It was only patches at first then it grew back.

 

After my 18th birthday, it accelerated and within five months I had lost most of my hair and was wearing hats and head scarves. I got my first wig in September 2011.

 

At school I was bullied for having ginger hair, so losing my hair was really upsetting as it was such a big part of my identity.

 

I was sitting my A Levels at the time and was constantly worrying about whether or not someone could see a bald spot during my exams. I was also worried that if the bullies found out, they would have used it against me.


My Fixers project is to let others know that having alopecia doesn’t have to be a daunting experience.

 

It’s quite a taboo subject so I want to reassure people that they’re not alone and there’s nothing to feel ashamed about.

Here is a list of Fixers who helped me with my Fix:

 

Bethany Hennessy Cait Sandelance
Chris Wallwark Claire Parry
Deborah Woodward Eilidh Hudson
Emma Johnson Hannah Pagdin
Holly Nugent Julie Hennessy
Kate Harrison Kayleigh Winter
Lauren Mitton Lesa Turnbull
Louise Holtam Lucy Guyers
Maidie Hughes Marc Merry
Nikki Odutayo Nuala Hughes
Oyinda Kasumu Pamela Griffin
Victoria Petkovic-Short  

Alopecia UK

The charity supports my Fixers project and invited me to attend their flashmob event in September 2013, where I handed out my Fixers leaflet to raise awareness about the hair loss disease. 

 

April 2014

My story was featured in the Daily Express!

 

Click here to read.

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