A schoolgirl suffering from hair loss was accused of pulling it out herself until her eyebrows and eyelashes also disappeared.
Bethan Crisp was 12 years old when she was eventually diagnosed with Alopecia.
The news about her condition came just two weeks before she was due to start at The Morley Academy.
She said: “I didn’t want to go but my Mum said that the longer I left it the harder it would be to go back, so I went.”
Bethan, now 14, had a period of regrowth before she lost hair again earlier this summer.
But whatever happens, she can always turn to parents Richard and Claire for support.
“They’re always there when I need somebody to talk to,” she said. “They have tried to stay strong even when I burst into tears.”
To show her appreciation, she entered Richard into the Observer & Advertiser’s Father’s Day competition.
Bethan said: “I wrote the letter in my room and sent it off with out telling my dad.
“A few weeks later I received a letter saying I had won the competition. I was over the moon. I ran and told my dad.”
A shocked Richard gave her a massive hug before finding the words to say thank you.
Richard, Bethan and little sister Sarah were treated to a day at the White Rose Shopping Centre worth up to £400.
Bethan said: “We arranged the date for us to go to the White Rose and we were both so excited.
“Me and my dad had an amazing day as we don’t get to spend a lot of time together.”