A team of ladies with alopecia will be going up against BBC2's quiz brains, the Eggheads, on Thursday 17th March at 6pm.
Sue Barker-Mewis was the 'reserve' team member of 'A Clearer Head'. Although she doesn't appear in the episode she was an integral part of the team. Without her, the other ladies would not have been able to take part in this awareness opportunity.
"My daughter Molly (who is now 10) first started with Alopecia when she was 7 years old and like a lot of other people with alopecia areata started with a very small patch, the size of a 10 pence piece, and within a very short period of time it developed into most of the back of her head being one big bald patch.
To a certain extent Molly has been “lucky” as, more often than not, the remainder of her hair has covered up most of her bald patches. It is the unpredictability of the condition that I as a mum have found the most frustrating. Not being able to give Molly any answers, reassurances or guarantees is the most heart-breaking thing.
Molly’s hair has grown back in places but never fully and we are currently in a phase of it coming out again, however she is taking it in her stride at the moment. I am grateful for having supportive family, friends and her school have been fantastic. It is upsetting to hear about other children with alopecia not getting the support at school they should be. I was allowed to go into Molly’s class when she started with the condition and help to educate her classmates. I think this has been a great benefit to Molly.
Both Molly and I have had fantastic support through Alopecia UK and Molly has voiced that she doesn’t feel alone anymore now she has friends with alopecia by attending charity events. I was honoured to be asked to be part of the team “A Clearer Head” to represent Molly and even though you won’t see my face on the screen (a blessing some might say!) as I was the 'reserve' member; I was there with this fantastic team of beautiful ladies and happy to be involved in raising awareness for alopecia."
A HUGE thank you to Sue for taking the trip up to Glasgow to be the 'reserve' for the 'A Clearer Head' team! She provided a great deal of moral support on the day and the team would not have been picked to take part without her. Tune in on Thursday 17th March, 6pm, to see how the ladies got on!