My name is Kylie and I am Emma’s Mum. Emma was diagnosed with Alopecia during the first lockdown in SA, in March 2019.
It all started with some of Emma’s hair on her head falling out in big patches. Then it slowly progressed to her eyebrows, eyelashes, and all of her hair on her head, arms and legs.
We had trouble getting Emma into seeing a specialist and dermatologist at the time of the hair loss due to the COVID 19 outbreak and many doctors were not taking patients from the Barossa which is where we live, due to the cluster in Tanunda (the tourists from the American Cruise Ship).
When Emma returned to school after the COVID lockdown, she had lost a lot of her hair and wanted to wear a hat to school. I emailed all of Emma’s school friends to advise them of the situation and to let them know Emma may look a bit different and all her friends wore a hat or beanie to Emma’s first day back at school.
Emma is a resilient and strong girl and has handled what life has thrown at her health wise with strength and dignity. She amazes me every day and I feel privileged to be her Mum.
The funding we have received from the foundation has been amazing and has helped Emma continue her passion for Gymnastics. This activity gives her so much confidence and he shas progressed to the Performance Team in her gymnastics group and continues to improve and practices daily at home.
We would like to thank the Australian Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) for helping and sponsoring Emma 😊