Support & Advice Find a support group Somerset Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: Saturday 21st July 2018 11am - 1pm Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton, Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8QN Saturday 22nd September 2018 11am - 1pm Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton, Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8QN Saturday 24th November 2018 11am - 1pm Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton, Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8QN Who can attend: Those with all types of alopecia age 14 and over (male and female) Friends/Partners of those with all types of alopecia (accompanying someone with alopecia) Parents of children with all types of alopecia Please note that those age 14-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. This group is not suitable for those under 14. If you have a child under 14 and are looking for support please do still contact the group lead so that they can keep your details for any future developments of the group. 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 also 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 be aware that any questions Carolyn is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.Please also get in touch with the group lead ahead of any meeting so they know how many to expect. Carolyn's link with alopecia: Carolyn has diffuse alopecia areata with ophasis. 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. Need Advice or Support Outside of the Group Meetings? The main role of support group leads is to facilitate, and answer questions about, the group meetings. Some may offer additional support and you can see what is on offer from Carolyn in her contact details. 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. The majority of group leads are not trained health professionals and will be helping from the standpoint of being someone who is affected by alopecia themselves and wanting to reach out and help others. You can always contact Alopecia UK head office direct during office hours should you have any queries that need a more urgent response. Suggestions, Comments, Compliments, Complaints? If you have any 'Suggestions, Comments, Compliments or Complaints' about any of the Support Groups listed on the Alopecia UK website then you can let us know by clicking here. The information will be used by Alopecia UK to to help us understand what works and what doesn't in order that we can support and advise group leads more effectively and develop the Alopecia UK support group network.