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LPT wig helps to restore teenager's confidence and identity

LPT wig helps to restore teenager's confidence and identity

Brave wig recipient recounts the positive impact that receiving one of our real hair wigs had on her

Losing your hair can be a challenging reality for anyone at any age. However, it was especially challenging being a 16-year-old whose identity was their hair.

Liv was diagnosed with B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia back in 2018, just as she was about to start studying her A-Levels at college.

"At the beginning of my treatment, knowing my hair was about to fall out took a huge toll on my mental health, however, The Little Princess Trust managed to provide me with a beautiful wig that looked like my original hair; they pulled out all of the stops to get the wig to me before I left hospital for the first time."

Putting that wig on gave me this amazing feeling that I would face this battle without losing my identity.

Liv proudly rang the bell in her own home on the 28th January 2021, marking the end of her cancer treatment.

Despite still having regular check-ups, and dealing with the after effects of her cancer diagnosis, Liv has now gone on to actively study Radiotherapy and Oncology at UWE! This is something that, despite her diagnosis, Liv has wanted to do ever since witnessing her dad, Graeme, undergo treatment for head and neck cancer.

Liv told us, "my reasoning behind wanting to become a radiotherapist is to help not just people like him, but entire families like my own."

Although a wig can be removed it soon felt like a part of me and acted as a shield and a comfort blanket throughout my treatment. I relate the feeling of receiving that wig to the amazing feeling of ringing that bell on my final day of treatment.


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