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Warrior Elaine Rises to the Challenge for Alopecia UK

16th August 2017

"Having seen the smiling faces of those who took part in the Total Warrior Challenge last year on the Alopecia UK website, I thought this would be something I might like to get involved in.  Having met Amy (Alopecia UKs London Support Group leader) at the London meeting and she said she was doing it again I made the decision to sign up for this year's challenge.

From early in the year I had decided it was time to get myself fitter. I was turning 50 and definitely wanted to improve my health and wellbeing and this was an excellent opportunity to have a goal to aim for which would keep me motivated.

I joined a local gym and took up various classes to become more flexible and stronger.  I really enjoyed feeling better physically and I noticed I had a lot more energy and started to feel more positive about myself.

Signing up for Total Warrior and taking part in it has been such a wonderful experience in every respect. I had one of the best days ever with such a fantastic group of people, who I now call my friends.  No one cared what they looked like, everybody was there to have fun and raise funds and awareness, on International Alopecia Day no less!  I relished every moment of it, the camaraderie of the team and the fellow competitors made it so enjoyable; I just want to do it all over again!

I am so grateful to Alopecia UK for organising the team and for the kind sponsorship received.  I am proud to be an Apatchy Warrior.  The whole experience has made me realise that I am totally accepted by others, no matter how I look.  By doing something to help others I have gained new friends, a new confidence and a much greater acceptance of my Alopecia."

A huge thank you to Elaine for taking on the ice, mud and fire for us! 

Elaine is Alopecia UKs Surrey & Greater London Support Group leader. You can find details of her group here. 

If you're inspired by Elaine's story, you may wish to leave a small donation on her Justgiving page to show your support. 

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