7th Oct 2015
Alopecia Aware Fix On ITV
‘My mum spotted it on April Fools’ Day and told me that there was a bald patch on the back of my head. I didn’t believe her but when I looked in the mirror I let out the biggest scream.’
Laura Turner from Sheerness developed alopecia five years ago, and now wants to help others with the hair loss condition to remain confident.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Meridian (E) on Thursday 15th October.
In the TV piece, Laura shares her experiences of coming to terms with hair loss to inspire others to stay positive.
'When I lost my hair I felt distraught and empty,’ explains 21-year-old Laura.
‘A few months ago I was in a pub and a group of boys pulled my wig off and laughed at me.
‘After that I struggled to leave the house for a couple of weeks before I realised that’s the wrong way to go about it.
‘There are people who’ve had it for many years and that helps you to realise that it's okay and it makes you feel stronger.
‘Singing is really helping me with my confidence. With Fixers, I’m hoping to write a song about alopecia and how it feels.’
Jen Chambers from Alopecia UK supports Laura’s campaign and appears in the broadcast.
‘It’s generally thought to be an autoimmune condition or a disease of the immune system where it starts attacking the hair follicles,’ Jen says.
‘One of the biggest things is the impact that it has on you emotionally and psychologically.
‘You’re looking in the mirror and there is a different reflection looking back at you.’
Laura adds: ‘I feel a lot better now than I used to.
‘I want people to feel better about themselves and come to terms with alopecia.
‘At the end of the day you’re still you - it really isn’t the end of the world.’
For more information and advice, visit www.alopeciaonline.org.uk.
To take a look at other resources about alopecia, or watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.