ANGELINA Ireland, 14, lives with a rare condition which she says takes her on a journey of "highs and lows."

Angelina was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, a dramatic hair loss condition, at eight months. Although she was born with hair it all fell out a few months after birth, grew back, only for it to fall out again at six months.

 

 

14-year-old Angie Ireland is off to Victoria for the Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp for kids living with Alopecia, Friday, November 2, 2018.
Angie Ireland is off to Victoria for the Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp. Kevin Farmer

She will now be one of 76 children across Australia who will attend the second Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp this month.

She said it would be a good experience but living with alopecia was difficult.

"Some days are diamond others are stones. At the moment my Alopecia is moderate, I have hair missing from the base of my scalp and both sides of my crown, but the thing about Alopecia is that it is unpredictable," she said.

14-year-old Angie Ireland, pictured with mum Rebecca, dad Mark and younger sister Gabby, is off to Victoria for the Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp for kids living with Alopecia, Friday, November 2, 2018.
14-year-old Angie Ireland, pictured with mum Rebecca, dad Mark and younger sister Gabby, is off to Victoria for the Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp for kids living with Alopecia, Friday, November 2, 2018. Kevin Farmer

"Sometimes I really feel quite envious of other girls and their beautiful hair and even boys. However, I am thankful that I'm strong enough to deal with it all.

"I am so excited to be attending the camp. It will be great to meet other young people like me and be in the majority not minority.

"It is also a great opportunity for me to raise awareness of the condition so that we can all experience more understanding and empathy."

Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp which takes place in Trafalger East Victoria, is a unique opportunity for young people with alopecia to forge connections with others with the condition and take part in workshops designed to help build self-awareness, resilience and self-esteem.

Angelina said she wanted more people to know about the condition.

"It can feel like bullying when ten different people make ten different comments in a day," she said.

"I want to help people understand how to cope with alopecia, if they have it or not.

"I hope that one day I can become an ambassador to help kids, teens, young adults and adults feel like alopecia should not stop them from achieving their goals.

"I want people to feel like I do, that you can achieve your goals even with alopecia."

The camp will coincide with Alopecia Areata Awareness Week which takes place between November 10 to 18 and is organised by Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation and funded financially by Variety, the Children's Charity.

14-year-old Angie Ireland is off to Victoria for the Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp for kids living with Alopecia, Friday, November 2, 2018.
14-year-old Angie Ireland is off to Victoria for the Alopecia Areata Adventure Camp for kids living with Alopecia, Friday, November 2, 2018. Kevin Farmer