Big news! I’ve been appointed Young Person’s Ambassador for Alopecia UK, announced today in the Daily Mail.
The full article can be seen here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2647395/Alopecia-big-life-doesnt-define-Teenager-15-lost-hair-disease-fronts-new-campaign.html
The past few years have been an incredible whirlwind and I am still only 15. I have had some really incredible and surreal experiences and, as strange as it may seem, I do not believe that these would have happened if it weren’t for my alopecia. I understand that everybody has different experiences and some people experience teasing and bullying in schools and in the workplace. I feel strongly about this condition, so much so that I have become an active campaigner, sharing my story and experiences online. I am now able to talk openly about it, and how it affected me personally. It took me 6 years before I was able to take my hair off in public and be proud of how I look.
I am thrilled and honoured to be part of Alopecia UK as the charity is close to my heart and the work it does is so valuable. Working together we can raise awareness for alopecia. I will be attending Alopecia UK’s ‘Big Weekend’ event in London on 13th September and hope to see you all there!
You can watch my Daily Mail video interview in full here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/health/video-1098140/Joelle-speaks-hair-loss-living-Alopecia.html
‘Alopecia is a big part of my life, but it doesn’t define me’ – Visit Alopecia UK’s official website here http://www.alopeciaonline.org.uk