Letchworth woman with breast cancer finds cherished common ground with fellow sufferer

Sue Wilcock.

Sue Wilcock. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth woman with breast cancer has had her ‘eyes opened’ after finding cherished common ground with a fellow sufferer.

Sue Campbell having her first chemotherapy treatment.

Sue Campbell having her first chemotherapy treatment. - Credit: Archant

Sue Wilcock, who has just started her chemotherapy treatment, was dreading the prospect of losing her hair, but after reading about Sue Campbell’s fundraising event in the Comet, she found a vital ally to help her through the process.

Mrs Campbell, who lives in Baldock and also suffers with breast cancer, is holding a hair donation day at Hair FX in Baldock in aid of the Little Princess Trust.

Mrs Wilcock, 55, said: “I was sitting deliberating about whether to have a cold cap, which is a way of freezing your scalp before each chemotherapy treatment, to try and retain my hair, or make the whole process easier by losing my hair.

“It was taking up all my waking thoughts and making me feel really down about the prospect of going bald.

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“As a middle-aged woman, it’s really hard to accept that happily.

“Then I saw the Comet and realised it was a message for me.

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“I knew if I did what Sue did, and donated my hair, I wouldn’t watch it fall out and become down, but would feel great about someone benefitting from my hair while it was still healthy and long, and I would not suffer discomfort added to the side effects of chemotherapy.

“When I contacted Sue, she was lovely and so supportive.

“We met up and found we had masses in common and agreed that the whole thing was strange how it came around to benefit us both.

“It has helped her cope so much better knowing the way she has helped me now as well as the children she has helped support.

“I had no idea about the plight of children with hair loss until Sue opened my eyes!”

Sue Campbell said: “Sue is absolutely lovely, we have so much in common, not just the name.

“Meeting her has been amazing, it’s also nice to be able to help someone else go through this journey.

“She has sent me lovely inspirational emails when I have felt low.

“We have six ladies signed up for the haircut so far, including two little girls, which is amazing, but we still have room for two or three more.

“I have just had my fifth chemotherapy treatment last week, and I am feeling pretty rotten, but I’ve only got one more so there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

The date for the hair cut is Monday, April 13, from 10am until 2pm. On the day there will be pink cupcakes, pink bracelets, pink lemonade and pink balloons, as well as a raffle.

If anyone would like to donate their hair, make a donation to the trust or donate raffle prizes please email Sue at suecampbell749@gmail.com.

To donate to Sue Wilcock’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/Sue-Wilcock.

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