New hope for Breanna
BREANNA Hastings has been overwhelmed with support after her story was told in The Daily Examiner on Friday.
The South Grafton woman was 16 when she welcomed her baby girl, Leah, into the world.
The 19 year old also has alopecia - a condition that caused her hair to fall out in clumps when she was 15 years old.
Since then her hair has grown back a few times, but would only reach 10cm in length before falling out again.
"I have received countless messages of support," Breanna said.
"I can't believe how many people it's reached.
"I've had people that I don't even know say that they've seen my story in the paper."
But the support has extended far beyond her family, friends and the Clarence Valley community.
"I have been contacted by a company, Global Therapeutics, that have a new treatment for me to try for my alopecia," Breanna said.
Though she has already tried multiple treatments to try to get her hair to grow back, she said the offer gave her new hope.
"They use natural remedies, so it's worth a try," she said.
"I'm willing to try anything... I'm always hopeful and I've just got to be positive."
Breanna has also been contacted for a 7.40am radio interview slot today.
Sydney radio station 106.5FM, with hosts Sami and Yumi, approached Breanna after reading her story through The Daily Examiner.
They have been speaking with teen parents on the breakfast radio show over past weeks.
A photograph of Breanna and her daughter Leah was posted on The Daily Examiner's Facebook page and has so far reached 476 likes, 28 comments and 23 shares; an indication of how inspiring her story was.
A comment on the Facebook post from Lisa Crispin summarised Breanna's tale.
"What an inspirational human being. Beautiful story. Beautiful person."