Paula Kyle joined friends at the Galliagh Women’s Group this week to celebrate the news that she had been funded by the Health Board for a hair treatment which she says will change her life.
The 52-years-old spoke out bravely about the condition in the local media in recent weeks to highlight the emotional impact on sufferers who lose their hair.
Paula, who found wigs were not suitable for her, had been seeking funding for a hair integration system through her GP.
She had been refused funding on a number of occasions but was subsequently told, via a hair specialist, that funding had been approved for the revolutionary treatment.
This week, after having spent hours having the treatment completed in her own home, Paula, from Racecourse Drive, revealed the new look to her friends.
“It was so important to me that the Galliagh Women’s Group were a part of this because they helped me get this far,” she said.
“I don’t think I’d be where I am today if they hadn’t helped me along the way. They’ve been amazing,” said Paula.
The mother of two had spent years living a reclusive lifestyle because of the Total Alopecia she experienced as a teenager which saw her lose all of her bodily hair.