Emma Turner

Emma Turner

A British woman who started losing her hair at the age of 16
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Emma Turner

Emma Turner, a British teenager from Portsmouth, Hampshire, started losing her hair at the age of 16. Her brother James, who has always been supportive of her, spent countless hours searching for information and treatment methods for Emma. Hair loss is a problem faced by many, and there is no need to be ashamed to seek help.

Emma Turner

Emma tried her best to cope with the loss of her thick blonde locks, but all her conversations with doctors ended with no results. Joining social groups with the common goal of regaining their hair did not bring any benefits either. Emma says, "My older brother James takes care of me as much as he can, and he is very responsive when something is wrong with me. He is one of those people you can always turn to. One day I really felt broken, and he told me he would come. He spent many hours with me, discussing various treatment methods that could help me."

Emma Turner

Emma panicked every time she found a lost lock of hair in the shower. Doctors diagnosed her with alopecia areata - a condition where hair loss occurs due to stress. She recalls, "When I was diagnosed, I didn't really understand what it was, so I did some research to understand my condition. Steroids were prescribed to me, which I had to try for the first two months, and then there was the option to switch to oral medication. But there were too many side effects, including weight gain and hormonal changes."

Emma Turner

Emma realized that she couldn't rely on steroids all the time. However, she felt genuinely delighted when she noticed her hair growing back again. Unfortunately, the small joy turned into a terrible disappointment when her hair suddenly started falling out again. Currently, she wears a wig to cover her bald patches and regain her former confidence. Emma says, "I had to secure my wig in the areas with bald patches, and for some time, it was really challenging to do. All I wanted was to style my hair like any other teenage girl. When I first started wearing a wig, I found myself in an awkward situation with my boyfriend. I was driving on the highway in my convertible when the wig started sliding and coming off due to the wind. It looked really funny."

Emma Turner

Emma continues, "Now I even forget that I wear a wig. I still can't go out without it, but when I'm at college, my friends always encourage me to take it off if it starts bothering me. I have a close circle of friends whom I find it much easier to take off my wig around. Sometimes there are people who stare at me, but it doesn't bother me."

Emma's mother, Jackie Ward-Prowse, admits that it was difficult to come to terms with her daughter's condition. She says, "I felt guilty, thinking that all of this could have been passed on from me. It took me some time to overcome this feeling. Then I realized that Emma is a healthy and happy girl, and that's all that matters." Jackie continues, "Emma and I struggled to find information about her condition, and I felt that doctors didn't provide adequate support and guidance. We found a lot of information on the Alopecia UK website, and it was such a relief to finally find out what's what. Then I created a support group for people suffering from alopecia, and this group helps people come and talk about their symptoms and problems."

Emma's mother notes that her daughter not only accepted her current situation but also started feeling great after starting to help people who find themselves in a similar situation.

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