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Laura Graham

Laura's Brave the Shave

Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Macmillan Cancer Support

We know cancer affects everything and exist to help you live your life.

Charity Registration No. 261017

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So it's another cancer related sponsorship plea and plus she has short hair anyway so what the big deal? Well, the big deal is this:

Before my mum died of breast cancer 7 years ago, she went through chemo which made her lose her hair, the hair that she was so proud of. Her hair made her feel confident, beautiful and feminine. It made her feel like her. The hair loss was one of the most striking signs of her illness. It made it clear to everyone (strangers included) that she had cancer. It wasn't just distressing to her, it was hugely distressing to me. I couldn't cope with it, I'd ask her to wear her awful NHS wig or a scarf. In fact I never saw her completely bold.

Recently my friend's mum has been diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. She is facing chemo and one of her first questions was "Will I lose my hair?" So shaving my hair off is symbolic for me but also for cancer patients in general.

Every time I think about shaving my hair, I genuinely feel a bit sick but I'm choosing to do this. So many people have this forced upon them. Helping with the psychological effects of cancer are Macmillan, who were great when my Mum was suffering. 

Your donations would be massively appreciated. Even if you could spare £1, every penny helps.

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