Having completed her GCSEs and with plans to go to college, 16-year-old Charlotte Eades was excitedly looking to the future. Her teenage dream, however, soon became a tragic nightmare, as she was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma – a rare form of brain cancer – in July 2013.
“I’d been having headaches for a few months and was eventually admitted to hospital with pressure behind my optic nerve. Just a few weeks later, I was told I have a brain tumour,” she explains.
Facing hair loss
The cancer had spread to her spine, and the Brighton teenager soon started intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
“When I was first diagnosed I remember realising I was going to lose my hair,” she tells us. “In preparation, I went to the wig shop with my family and we chose a long, dark brown style, which looked and felt fantastic. It was made from real hair so I had the freedom to style it however I liked.
“Whilst at the shop, I also decided to donate my hair; my ponytail was cut off and put into a plastic bag, and it felt good knowing that it could be used to help someone else.
“But, when I woke up the next morning I hated what little hair I had left, so I decided to shave it off completely. Coming to terms with it was horrible; hair forms such an important part of a teenager’s identity.
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