My name is Lisa Wells. I’m 32 and a mother to two beautiful girls. On the 15th of December 2017, when my baby was just 5 weeks old I was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer that had spread to my liver. My chemotherapy began the week after diagnosis and I am currently being treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. When you begin your chemotherapy journey, the whole process is explained to you and it was then that I was told that the chemotherapy treatment I was to receive would cause me to lose my hair. The nurses explained about Paxman and I knew that I had to give it a go
Telling my five-year-old that mummy might lose her hair, alongside everything else was such a sad day. I could see it in her eyes that mummy will look different. When you have cancer, normality is something that you crave intensely. Personally, I have always been in love with anything beauty orientated. Hair, nails, make up. To be able to still do all of this made me happy.
I won’t lie, wearing the cold cap is not easy. It’s colder than you can imagine and quite restrictive to start with. Everything was explained so well to me though, that once I decided to use it I realised that there were a lot of myths and scare out there, . Many people asked how I would cope with it and why do it, which would stop a lot of new people from trying. It’s a countdown when you are there and to be honest I think that is the worst part - just counting down the minutes. I am proud to say though I have not lost any hair. I have had 13 rounds of chemotherapy and my hair is still the same. There has been no need at all to wear a wig or a scarf.
My advice is to take your own conditioner and make sure it’s a different one than you use at home. I didn’t want to get ‘chemo association smell’. Use a tangle teezer brush, conditioner and a whole load of tender loving care!