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Sunderland woman suffering alopecia helped by charity

A North East mum and alopecia sufferer is raising awareness of the support available to people affected by hair loss, through the charity, mynewhair.

30-year-old Kay Fisher, from Redhouse, Sunderland, was diagnosed with alopecia when she was only 9 years-old.

As she grew up, the mum of one, Kay lost virtually all of her hair and was made to feel like a guinea pig as she underwent various different treatments including steroid injections.

She also experienced people turning a blind eye when it came to finding support for hair loss.

For the past 10-years Kay has been receiving support from Darren Stuart, Lead Educator and trustee of mynewhair, at East Boldon’s Tribeca Hair Design, Tyne and Wear, following a referral from her local hospital.

She regularly visits Darren’s salon every two to three weeks for its affordable wig styling service. 

Having regained her confidence, Kay wants to share her story so that other people affected by hair loss can get the help and support they need.

Kay said:

“My hair started to come out in small clumps. Something like 10 pence pieces. It was my sister who actually noticed it at first. I didn’t think anything of it because obviously I was only nine and I was naive.

“Gradually over the weeks my hair decided just to fall out nearly everywhere. So I went to the doctors and they couldn’t put their finger on what it actually was and then my mam made an appointment with another doctor within the surgery and they were the ones who actually confirmed that I had alopecia and referred me to the consultants at the hospital."

During her journey to learn to live with alopecia, Kay has been and continues to be supported by mynewhair, a national charity founded and inspired by celebrity hair dresser Trevor Sorbie, MBE, which offers a wig styling service for people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss.