BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire is one woman we just can’t help but admire and be inspired by. Not only has she had an incredible career as a broadcast journalist, but in the two years she’s been battling breast cancer, she’s had the bravery to share her story with us.
Now at the end of her chemotherapy, she’s removed her wig to show how her hair has grown back following her treatment for breast cancer.
Posting a new video of her latest stage of recovery on Facebook, the 48-year-old presenter said that losing her hair had been one of the most upsetting aspects of her treatment.
“It’s time to stop wearing a wig,” she said, revealing that she had lost three quarters of her hair since starting the treatment.
“I have to say losing my hair was the worst bit about cancer treatment for me, more so than having a mastectomy,” she said.
“Don’t judge me for that, it’s just the way I felt. I’m grateful for this wig because it helped me get on with things, go to work, live my life normally without worrying. But it is time for it to go.”
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) April 3, 2017
“And this is my new hair, this is about 12 months of growth since chemo finished,” she said, revealing her short, shiny locks underneath. “And it’s come back as thick as it was, if not thicker. As shiny as it was, slightly more ringlety than it was before.”
“I am actually apprehensive about taking my wig off because this is not me, but I know it doesn’t really matter what my hair looks like.
“The point is, this is proof… that once chemo is complete your hair does grow back and when you’re in some of those dark moments during chemo you do doubt that … but your body does slowly renew itself once chemo is complete and there’s something really optimistic about that.”
Derbyshire was first diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2015.
She marked her final chemotherapy session by posting an emotive video.
“I’m home and I’m happy and I can’t stop crying which is mad,” she said.
“I think it might be six months of tears just coming out in one go.”
We can imagine following this journey must have given a lot of women going through cancer treatment, whatever age, some real hope.