‘Laugh­ter has given me the strength to carry on’

As Sally Whit­son Dawe bat­tled can­cer, one of her big­gest fears was los­ing her hair. One friend un­der­stood that and helped her through it

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Walk The Walk Special -

Iwas seven when my mother died of breast can­cer. Some­how I man­aged to deal with it, although, as I grew older, I was al­ways wor­ried that it would hap­pen to me, too. Then, when I was in my 40s, I found a lump. My daugh­ter, Freya, was eight at the time. As I went through surgery, fol­lowed by chemo and ra­dio­ther­apy, I un­der­stood the hor­ror my mum must have felt at the thought of leav­ing me.

They say you have dif­fer­ent friends for dif­fer­ent needs, and that is never truer than when you have an ill­ness. Along with my hus­band, Dave, so many friends helped me through. My friend Ann-marie knew how im­por­tant it was to me that I kept my hair. She vol­un­teered to come with me when I had Cold Cap Ther­apy, which im­proves your chances of not los­ing it.

I hated wear­ing the cap – to me it was worse than the chemo drugs. Ann-marie made sure the cap was in place, and when I wanted to rip it off, she would talk me round, find a way to dis­tract me, or make me laugh like only she could. That laugh­ter gave me the strength to carry on. The day after style those my ses­sions,hair for she me. would come round to my house and gen­tly wash and

After my treat­ment fin­ished last Novem­ber, I wanted to mark the clos­ing of that chap­ter, and I sug­gested do­ing the Moon­walk. It seemed even more im­por­tant when I learnt just how much the Walk the Walk char­ity has done to get Cold Cap Ther­apy into hos­pi­tals. Ann-marie was the first to say she would be part of my team. With my long, blonde hair be­neath my base­ball cap, and my friends by my side, I will feel so proud to be tak­ing part.

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