Imogen Proctor is a young Kickboxing champion who had to battle against an internal struggle after she started losing her hair at 21. She recently shared her story with BBC Radio Bristol and we are very pleased to help share it with you.
“It was a pleasure to share my story with BBC Radio Bristol and a great opportunity to spread the word about alopecia.”
According to the NHS website (www.nhs.co.uk) alopecia is caused by a problem with the immune system. It is more common among people with other autoimmune conditions, but is also believed to be hereditary, as one in five people with alopecia have a family history of the condition. It can occur at any age, although it is more common in people aged 15-29. It affects one or two people in every 1,000 in the UK (0.1-0.2% of the population).
“Despite what the statistics say, I have no personal or family history of hair loss or any other autoimmune diseases. It was all very out of the blue, which made it even more difficult to understand and accept!”
We are delighted that Kickboxing was able to play a role in helping Imogen to find strength not just within herself, but through the support of her team, her coaches and even her opponents out there on the circuit. Ours is a sport full of amazing people doing amazing things and it is a privilege to be even a small part of changing people’s lives for the better.
“The BBC were brilliant and there are so many people who have helped me on my journey. I really have had positive responses since my hair loss, which has made the whole thing much easier.
My mum, dad and brilliant younger sister Megan. My boyfriend Leigh and the rest of my very supportive family. The rest of the staff at Bristol Dental Hospital for their understanding and the High Performance sports coaches at Bristol Uni. My Team Bristol Kickboxing coaches and teammates.
Everyone who gives alopecia a thought deserves a thank you! And thank you to the BKC for sharing my story!”
Name: Imogen Proctor
Grade: 1st Degree Black Belt
Years Training: 9
Weight Class: -60/-65kg
Notable Titles: 2 x WAKO British champion, 3 x ISKA National champion, former ISKA European Champion