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With a Little Help from Her 4-Year-Old Son , Viktoria Takes Control During Cancer Treatment

This post was written by one of our recipients, Viktoria, from Union City, NJ.

Hi, I’m Viktoria,

I’m 40, and a mom of two boys. Last year I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, and also I was found to be positive for the BRCA1 mutation. Cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes, and tumor was too big to operate, so I had to start with chemo to shrink it.

I did the TCHP protocol first. Two weeks after that, my hair started to fall out in chunks. It was the most emotional part for me and my family. I was always a long haired girl. I let my four year old boy cut it, to make it less scary for him.

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A social worker in the hospital gave me a list of local wig shops and free wig charities. Soon I found out that human hair wigs start around $1,500, and there was no way I could afford that. Insurance won’t cover at all. I headed to check out the free wigs, and I almost cried when I saw their selection. All their wigs where synthetic, used, and short. Some where pink and purple. I gave up on wigs.

One day I came across Lolly’s Locks on the internet, and registered for a free wig. There were so many applicants that I wasn’t even sure if they ever going to contact me. It was winter, so I could wear hats. Than spring came. We got a wedding invitation, and I panicked. I was supposed to be pretty.

Two weeks before the wedding, I got an e-mail from Lolly’s Locks. I was the next person on their list. I sent them a picture of myself before chemo with my real hair.
A day later I received a box, with a real human hair wig looked just like me before cancer. It was too good to be true. I was able to wear it to the wedding, and felt pretty and feminine the first time since I lost my hair.

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Many women are able to rock the bald, and they are beautiful. I just wasn’t one of them. I am planning to wear my wig until my hair touching my shoulders. I had double mastectomy, and will have oophorectomy soon. Cancer took everything what supposed to make me feel like a woman, but I got my long hair back from Lolly’s Locks, and it’s impacting my healing process in a very positive way.

Thank you so much! It meant the world to me and my family.

Love,

Viktoria