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Girl, 12, in tears after losing half her hair to alopecia in less than a year
A young girl is struggling after losing half of her hair due to alopecia in less than a year.
Lola Robertson, 12, broke down in tears after thinking about the extent of her hair loss.
Her mum Charlotte took a photo and shared it on Facebook to show people how badly her daughter was affected.
Lola had had the condition since she was five, but in the last year it has got much worse with big clumps falling out last summer.
Her hairline has now completely vanished despite trying several steroid creams and lotions prescribed by her doctor.
Charlotte said: ‘I had to take a picture to show people how bad it is. She felt particularly sad because of the amount of hair she has lost in such a short space of time.
‘I put the picture on Facebook to ask for help. It was my last resort.
‘Posting a picture and exposing Lola was the final step for us.’
Charlotte, along with Lolas dad, David Robertson, 34, are desperate for help and to raise awareness of the upsetting condition.
The family, from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, are worried their daughter may become the victim of bullying as she goes into her first year at secondary school.
Charlotte, who also has a seven-year-old daughter with David, said: ‘No one in the family has alopecia; Lola is the first so I had never really heard much about it.
‘In the beginning, Lola had a £2-sized bald patch behind her ear which would grow back and because it was behind her ear, she could always hide it and it didnt affect her.
‘In the past year, shes gone from having a few bald patches to losing half a head of hair. She doesnt have a hairline and the top of her head is entirely bald.’
The youngster had been able to cover the bald patch with the rest of her hair, but these spots began getting bigger last year and now her hairline has completely vanished.
Having just gone into secondary school, Lolas parents fear she may be the target of bullying and are fundraising to get her several specialist wigs.
Charlotte added: ‘Shes always had an amazing network of friends but now shes gone into secondary school, its a whole new world and I worry that she could be bullied in the future.
‘Shes feeling a bit lost; shes always been a really upbeat, happy and confident girl but I am concerned that this amount of hair loss will really start to affect her as shes getting older.’
Lola is now looking at the wigs she can use and exploring new hairstyles.
Her mum added: ‘Since sharing the picture and story on Facebook, I have received more information in the past week than I have in the past seven years that Lola has been diagnosed.
‘Shes quite optimistic so she always finds a positive way at looking at it, like wearing new wigs and having new hairstyles.
‘The support and reaction has been amazing and were definitely going to go back to the doctors and get some more tests done.
‘The Little Princess Trust has been incredible and has already given two wigs to Lola which will really increase her confidence.
‘We just want more awareness out there; theres not a lot of information and its a difficult condition to live with.’
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