For those of you who dont know me, Im Jo from Dover, Kent. Im currently looking for a little help to assit me with postage costs to send out headscarves to anyone who is going through Chemotherapy.
In May 2017, at the age of 42 I was diagnosed with an ER positive, HER2 negative breast cancer.
I remember the day like it was yesterday, the bombshell that was dropped from a great height. The disbelief and shock of being told you have Cancer, that godforsaken evil word that no one ever wants to hear. The fear and terror it creates, the uncertainty and unknown path that lies ahead of you. Why me? That is a question no-one can answer.
After numerous appointments of being tested, prodded and poked my journey began with 6 sessions of Chemotherapy (FEC-T), an experience I wouldn’t want to repeat in a hurry! I’ve also had a double mastectomy, 15 sessions of radiotherapy and more recently a full hysterectomy.
When the word Chemotherapy is mentioned you automatically think Im gonna go bald! Hair loss can be a really terrifying and daunting part of Chemo that so many people dread. Personally, for me I wasn't too bothered about loosing my hair, this was gonna happen whether I liked it or not!
I never wore a wig, it just wasnt for me. Headscarves became my new hair and still to this day they have become my signature look as my hair, unfortunately, hasnt grown back as it should have!
There are some fabulous companies and small businesses out there that make and sell Chemo headwear. I totally understand and appreciate the time it takes to make these items, and the cost is totally justifiable (well some of them!).
Unfortunately not everyone can justify and has the means to spend out on these items.
Being diagnosed with cancer is bad enough but can be a very different experience when you are struggling financially.
So hopefully here's where I can offer a liitle help......I have been collecting head scarves, rummaging through charity shops and my plea for help on Facebook has just been unbelievable. I have been inundated with scarves, its just wonderful and heartwarming
I have posted on my social media, Facebook and Instagram, asking for people to nominate someone who is going through or just about to start Chemo who they think would love a gift of scarves in the post. People can also nominate themselves if they wish.
In this day and age its so important that we recycle and reuse where and when we can. Hoping that I can help and bring a little joy to anyone going through Chemo. I know I certainly would have been thrilled to receive a gift of scarves in the post whilst going through treatment. Its little things like this that can mean alot.
Initally I though I could cover postage costs myself! but I underestimated how popular this little venture would be and how expensive postage actually is!! A small package to send out cost £3.20, so if you are able to help out in any way, I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you so very much.
Loads of Love