Becky’s Bears – buy a Teddy Bear to support the wig fund!
“When I was told I would need to have chemotherapy, the nurses made it very clear that I would lose my hair. My first thought was that I had always wanted to know what I would look like with short hair. Then the reality dawned – this would be the outward sign ‘I have cancer’ and it would be there for all to see, and pity the poor girl and the baby with her.
“This persona has never been me so I decided I needed to buy hats – easy, well until you start trying them on and realise they look great when you have hair under them but when you haven’t, they never quite cover what you need them to!
“I spoke to a nurse at the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital who suggested I try a wig. The unit is one of the very few who offer a free wig to each of its patients. For me, having a wig meant I could carry on with some day to day tasks without the constant questions (and a cold head!).
“The funds come directly from fundraising and with each wig costing in the region of £120, more funds are constantly needed. All money from the sale of Becky’s Bears (at CCHU reception) goes towards providing wigs for people having treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, you never know when you might need it.
“We made the experience a positive one and I went to the fitting with a friend. In the end, I did choose one like my hair style at the time, but I think if it wasn’t for my wig I may have become a slight recluse because, even in winter, there are only so many places you can wear a woolly hat to!”
Written by CCHF on 27.02.14