I found my first bald patch in July 2020 and at the time was around the size of a two pound coin. Now around several months and an additional five patches later, it is 3 inches in diameter.

I can't really explain the stress and worry and anxiety this whole process has caused and is still causing. Because of this I have decided to shave my head and take back control.

This condition has taken far too much control, energy and time away from me. At the of 16 I should be thinking about my future and school work and focusing on what I want to do and what makes me happy. Instead I've been surrounded by thoughts of going bald and constantly worrying about if people can see my patches.

To be honest, I've got much better things to focus on.

My hair was once my greatest security and my favourite feature and thing about myself. With every insecurity I faced, I'd always remind myself that at least my hair is great but now it has become my biggest enemy. Like a toxic best friend that's been sucking the life and joy out of me.

Now, I'm cutting it out of my life (literally)

But why fundraise? Well you see, if I'm lose my hair, I might as well do some good while I'm at it. If my lose is someone else's gain then it's all been worth while.

By raising money, I will hopefully be raising awareness and support which can not only help people going through the same thing I am, but may even find a way to help me.

Alopecia UK is a small charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia. The charity has aims around Support, Awareness and Research.

Alopecia UK relies on the support of fundraisers and donors to continue the fantastic work it does.

Thank you for supporting me with my fundraising efforts. I really appreciate your support and so does Alopecia UK!

The plan is to book an appointment when the hairdressers are open again.

Lana Crawford-Small