Keep Calm and Put a Wig On

When my mother went through chemotherapy for breast cancer over 5 years ago, her hair loss was the most difficult part for me. I don’t know why, but for a 13 year old, seeing my mum, somebody I look up to and love, without hair was heartbreaking.

But, with or without hair, she still had a warm heart and was still the same person inside, and I know I am too.

 

I’ve been hairless for a few weeks now and I’m getting used to the wig.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted a wig, despite advice from past-cancer patients that it was too itchy, or too hot.

The NHS provides you with a synthetic wig whilst going through chemo and so I had a consultation at the hospital but I didn’t feel at ease, and the wigs weren’t what I thought they would be. I wanted a wig that looked like my hair, because the whole purpose of a wig, is to have it looking as close as possible to your natural hair. As the wigs were synthetic, they didn’t have curly haired wigs other than an afro and though some would argue otherwise, I don’t have an afro!

After my first consultation I didn’t go back. I got referred by my doctor to CLIC Sargent which is an amazing charity that helps young people through cancer, and my social worker is an absolute gem. CLIC Sargent then had the power and contacts to refer me to The Little Princess Trust.

The Little Princess Trust is a charity who makes wigs for children and young people who lose their hair going through chemotherapy. They understand that for a child, or a young person, losing your hair is overwhelming, and they want to feel as normal as possible.

The charity have made the whole process of losing my hair less stressful and less scary, as I know when my hair comes out I have a real-hair wig to wear. These wigs are truly amazing quality, and you can’t really tell that it’s a wig. I had a consolation with a fabulous lady that works with The Little Princess Trust who covers my area. She actually suffers from alopecia herself, so she knows how hard losing your hair is, and she made the appointment so laidback and made me feel at ease and comfortable in her company, and with my choice of wig.

They are a truly amazing charity, and I am in the process of collecting money and raising awareness for the charity as a thank-you for their amazing work. Since I have been collecting for the charity, people have been so generous in donating and even organising their own events in order to raise money, and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support and kindness.

My two amazing best friends, that are my rocks through this gruelling time have actually cut their hair into a ‘bob’ style, and donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust in order to create more wigs to help other young people who will lose their hair because of cancer. Since we posted the photo of their new hair on Facebook, the reaction was so crazy and overwhelming – other girls have cut their hair off to donate to the charity.

My wig is a stunning real hair wig, which looks identical to my natural hair, but a little bit longer. Obviously, you can’t have a wig that looks exactly like your own hair, and I can’t really put it up on the top of my head as I used to, because the hair line at the sides are noticeable to be fake. As the wig is a real hair wig, when you wash it (…but only once a month – bingo!) it actually curls or goes wavy and you can use products and even electric hair tools on it. To me, it was important to have my curls, or even just waves. These curls might make me confident, and make me feel a little bit more like me.

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