Support & Advice Support Groups Somerset Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: Saturday 20th July 2019 11am - 1pm Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton, Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8QN Saturday 23rd November 2019 11am - 1pm Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton, Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8QN Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Who can attend: This group is designed for any adult living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 15 and above. Please note that those age 15-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. For those with children up to the age of 14 please contact the group lead to discuss if the group would be suitable for them. Alternatively please see here for a list of our children and teen groups. Contact details: CarolynEmail: [email protected]Carolyn does not have her telephone number advertised but is happy to receive a telephone call and provide a listening ear at a time arranged via email. She is happy to receive support questions from those in her local area and will answer to the best of her ability based on her own knowledge and experiences. Please note that all of our support group leads are volunteers and do this in their spare time. As such please allow up to a week for replies to emails. Please be aware that any questions Carolyn is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK. Carolyn's link with alopecia: Carolyn has diffuse alopecia areata with. She was diagnosed in June 2016 after feeling like she had been going round in circles for two and a half years. Having had 2 wrong diagnosis and being sent from doctors to specialists, and after many blood tests and a biopsy she finally had an answer that made some sense.From Carolyn:"I felt completely alone initially and that nobody was listening or could possibly understand how I was feeling. By talking to others in the same pickle I realised I'm far from alone and so many have had such a similar journey. I now have some hair but when it tries to grow then it falls back out so I don't trust it and I would not be able to get out of the door without something on my head. So I do understand the personal feelings you may be going through eg 'Am I going mad?' 'Am I being vain?' plus the worthless or helpless feelings of being alone. I really would like to offer support at whatever stage of the journey people are on, with whichever type of alopecia they may have as you are not alone. If you have any feedback on this support group please consider leaving it here.Alternatively if you have any Suggestions, Comments, Compliments or Complaints for the charity please do so here.