Victoria Derbyshire has shared an emotional video during which she eliminated the wig she had been carrying since dropping her hair to most cancers.
The BBC broadcaster was recognized with breast most cancers in August 2015. In a video posted on her Fb web page on Monday, she stated she misplaced round three quarters of her hair because of chemotherapy.
“I’ve to say dropping my hair was the worst bit about most cancers therapy for me, extra so than having a mastectomy,” she stated within the video.
“Don’t choose me for that, it’s simply the best way I felt.
“I’m grateful for this wig truly, as a result of it helped me get on with issues, go to work, stay my life usually with out worrying. However it’s time for it to go.”
Within the video, she then eliminated the wig and revealed her pure, barely shorter hair beneath.
“It’s come again as thick because it was, if not thicker,” she stated. “As shiny because it was, barely extra ringlety [sic] than it was earlier than.”
The 48-year-old stated she felt nervous about revealing her pure hair, however added that she needed to assist different girls fighting the consequences of most cancers therapy.
“I’m apprehensive about taking my wig off, as a result of this isn’t me,” she stated whereas gesturing to her hair.
“However, I do know it doesn’t actually matter what my hair seems like. The purpose is, that is proof, if proof have been wanted, that after chemotherapy is full, your hair does develop again.
“If you’re in a few of these darkish moments throughout chemo you do doubt that… however your physique does slowly renew itself as soon as chemo is full and there’s one thing actually optimistic about that.”
After posting the video on Fb, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than she was inundated with optimistic feedback.
In response to the video, Rachel Rawson, senior medical nurse specialist at Breast Most cancers Care, stated: “Victoria’s bravery in sharing how tough she discovered hair loss and her worries about not carrying a wig will probably be inspirational to others dealing with the identical anxieties.
“Many ladies inform us dropping their hair is the toughest a part of their breast most cancers, even more durable than analysis or surgical procedure. Carrying a wig offers some girls confidence by therapy, however the considered lastly dealing with the world with out it may be daunting. Hair could develop again in a different way to the way it was earlier than, and this may be one other stumbling block to feeling like your self once more after breast most cancers.
“It’s very important that girls have continued assist as they face these key moments when transferring ahead from breast most cancers, even years after therapy. Anybody with worries can name Breast Most cancers Care’s Helpline on 0808 800 6000.”