😢When the dermatologist told me that creams might work, or I could try rubbing bleach into my scalp I felt so helpless. This appointment was supposed to tell me how I could fix it, or at least why this was happening to me. All the way home I was asking myself how was I going to hide this even longer? I had tried wigs, but whenever anyone said “Oh, your hair looks nice” my automatic response was “Thanks, It’s a wig” 🤣

💇‍♀️So, I went home and told my family I was going to shave my head. It was the only way I could take control of it again😎

🤠That time I kept it under my hat, quite literally! I had a collection of hats and buffs, and wore them in all photos, and when I wasn’t with someone from my close group of friends. I even answered the door with one on too😢

💪This time was different. When I decided to shave my head at the start of lockdown, I actually did it live in my Facebook group. And then I posted a photo on my actual timeline. The love and support I got from sharing that was like a weight being lifted. I wasn’t going to have to hide it anymore. Everyone knew🙈

😊At about the same time, I joined the Alopecia UK Facebook group and that made me realise there were so many more like me. Just shaving their heads and telling people this is me, and I am OK😜

😍Since then my confidence has soared. I have done things I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do again. And a few weeks ago I realised I was in the supermarket, on my own, and I didn’t have my hat on. I grinned the rest of the way round the shop, and left my hat in my bag. And then I told everyone in the AUK group, because if I can help just 1 person to accept themselves, then it’s worth it. And by raising money for AUK I’m paying forward the support I have had 💜

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! Lesley Walsh