Cancer survivor Victoria ditches her wig on Facebook
VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE has bravely ditched her wig to reveal her post-chemo hair in a bid to reassure other cancer sufferers that their locks will grow back.
The popular broadcaster, 48, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2015, has been wearing the wig ever since completing her treatment in December 2015.
But this morning, in a video posted to Facebook, she declared: ‘It’s time to stop wearing a wig.’
Victoria explained that she had lost ‘maybe three quarters of my hair’ due to chemotherapy and admitted that she found this more traumatic than having a mastectomy.
‘Don’t judge me for that,’ she said. ‘It’s just the way I felt.’
But before making the big reveal, Victoria stressed that she was ‘grateful for this wig because it helped me get on with things, go to work, live my life normally without worrying’.
Unveiling a rather stylish short do underneath, she said: ‘And this is my new hair, this is about 12 months of growth since chemo finished.
‘And it’s come back as thick as it was, if not thicker. As shiny as it was, slightly more ringlety than it was before.’
But what Victoria really wanted to achieve by making the big reveal was to help other cancer sufferers through ‘those dark moments’.
‘The point is, this is proof,’ she said, ‘that once chemo is complete, your hair does grow back.
‘When you’re in some of those dark moments during chemo, you do doubt that.
‘But your body does slowly renew itself once chemo is complete and there’s something really optimistic about that.’
Anyone with worries can call Breast Cancer Care’s Helpline on 0808 800 6000
Author: Anna Thomson