Anita's Story

Helping women with cancer regain self-confidence

 

Hair loss during cancer treatment dramatically impacts the confidence of many women diagnosed with a women’s cancer. Cancer Council Queensland’s ESA Wig and Turban Service aims to assist these strong and beautiful ladies to regain their self-confidence through the fitting and provision of wigs and turbans.

For women like Anita, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, the service has been invaluable. She says she was blown away by the dedication of the volunteers and Cancer Council Queensland. 

‘I was actually assisted by a volunteer who previously had breast cancer and so it was a pleasant surprise to be helped by someone who had been through a similar experience to what I’m currently going through.’ 

She was also astounded by the selection of wigs and turbans on offer. 

‘It was a real joy being able to try on as many as I like in a private room that was set up in such a nice way. There was no time pressure, so I could try on many different colours and lengths until I found a wig that I thought suited me best and made me feel comfortable.’ 

‘It was a positive experience and made something as terrible as losing your hair so much easier to deal with.’

‘It also made me feel far less alone knowing how much support I had - not just from family and friends - but from services offered by Cancer Council Queensland.’ 

‘The fact that it’s a free service is an added bonus. Not everyone can afford wigs or turbans, which is a shame because they help cancer patients feel confident again after losing their hair.’ 

Anita also said that knowing the service was available and so easily accessible really helped her prepare mentally for losing her hair. 

‘I just want to say thank you to Cancer Council Queensland employees and volunteers for all their hard work. And also a big thank you to everyone who donates because your money does go to a good cause and the people affected by cancer, and their families, truly appreciate it.’ 

Cancer Council Queensland is focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, and so have temporarily ceased face-to-face wig appointments state-wide. In the interim, the Wig and Turban Service is providing turbans via post to those experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment. If you need headwear, please call 13 11 20 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

* Services offered by Cancer Council vary between states and territories