A woman from Brighouse who retained her hair using a pioneering scalp cooling treatment during her chemotherapy is sharing her story in a bid to help others.
In 2010 Sharon Bolton was diagnosed with breast cancer and was more worried about losing her hair than any of the other symptoms of chemotherapy.
Now Sharon is fully recovered and has become one of the UK’s first ‘Paxman Pioneers’ and her story is being shared to help raise awareness of the treatment.
It is hoped that first-hand accounts like Sharon’s will provide advice and support to anyone considering the treatment, or currently experiencing the scalp cooling system.
Sharon said: “Losing my hair worried me more than any of the symptoms I was going through at the time.
“On the first morning of chemo, I couldn’t have been happier to try the cap.
“I would describe the feeling as a bit like brain freeze but I kept telling myself I could do this and thinking of the benefits it would give me for just one morning of being uncomfortable.”
Hair loss is a well-known side effect of most chemotherapy treatments, with many patients claiming it is the most traumatic aspect of their experience.
Sharon added: “Scalp cooling helped me feel positive and looking and feeling well helped me to keep my dignity.
“We have so much to put up with during treatment but to have technology like this available is marvellous.
“I can’t express my thanks enough to the Paxman family for even making it possible, and I’m so, so glad I persevered.
“If I could sum up my experience then life’s a climb but the view is great.”