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Jo Tucker is a ' baldmothertucker ' & raising Alopecia Awareness

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Jo Tucker is a ' baldmothertucker ' & raising Alopecia Awareness

Jo lost 90% of her hair in two weeks after her third pregnancy... "Losing 90% of my hair in 2 weeks redefined my thoughts on beauty" she says. 

39 year-old, mother of three, Jo Tucker lost 90% of her hair in two weeks after her third pregnancy. What followed was a journey of self-acceptance, a love affair with wigs, and a redefinition of what it means to be ‘beautiful’. Ahead of Alopecia Awareness Month, she’s sharing her hair loss story.

It was just before Christmas. I had just returned to work after my third child and I wasn’t sleeping. Without any warning, I noticed that a small area of hair loss was turning into rapid hair shedding and whole clumps began falling out in the shower.

I booked an appointment at the doctor and I was diagnosed with alopecia areata and sent on my way with a leaflet. I was devastated and confused as my blood tests were healthy. It’s incredibly frustrating to know you’re broken, but not sure which bit or how to fix it.

Christmas came and went and by the time I went back to the doctors I had lost 90% of the hair from my head in only two weeks. I bought shampoos, hair growth serums, treatments – but nothing slowed the loss. By April, I had lost all hair on my head and my body. A dermatologist told me that the more you lose, statistically the less likely you are to get it back. I had reached the most extreme Alopecia Universalis and my odds didn’t look good.

I knew I’d need to return to work after the Christmas holidays but I wasn’t ready to be bald. Suddenly I felt like a wig was my only option. My mum knew of a hairdressers which made wigs and I booked an appointment. I was taken through all the different types of wigs, the construction, materials etc. I had no idea it was so complicated – or so expensive!

I instantly loved the confidence that wigs gave me and I soon became obsessed. I enjoyed the different looks you could achieve so effortlessly. And the more I bought, the more styles and colours I tried! I wasn’t shy about wearing a pixie one day and then long hair the next. I embraced this as one of the positives. Before losing my hair, I was always in that awkward growing-out stage between a pixie and a bob and the wigs looked much better than my actual hair ever was!

I own a lot of different wigs now but I have three favourites that are my go-to: a classic long bob, a pixie cut and long, beachy waves. I never had long hair before, so it’s still a novelty and I like being able to wear it back in a plait or up in a messy bun. When I first started wearing wigs, they were really itchy but there are bamboo and fine mesh caps that put a barrier between your scalp and the material the wig is made from to prevent any itch.

Alopecia has been a huge learning curve. Learning to look at myself in the mirror and appreciate what I see. When it first happened, as it was so sudden, I felt incredibly lost. I dreaded seeing people I hadn’t bumped into for a long time and them seeing the difference in my appearance.

But now I’ve learned not to place as much value on appearance and looks. It doesn’t change who you are inside. Beauty really does come in all different shapes and sizes, and I don’t feel less beautiful. I feel like I’ve gained so much. If anything, it makes you a stronger character.

Since starting my Instagram @boldmothertucker, I get lots of messages from other alopecia sufferers. It’s so lovely to have found a community where you have that common ground and there are charities like Alopecia UK which offer support and advice and private Facebook groups and wig chat forums which act as a safe space to share concerns, worries and ask questions.

[Bold Beanies also supports Alopecia UK and are the perfect complimentary alternative headwear for when you don't want to wear a wig... around the house or in bed for example.]

 

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Kids Design Loving PICC Line Cover for Their Mum

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Kids Design Loving PICC Line Cover for Their Mum

I was so happy to receive these wonderful photos from a lovely customer and see this new addition to the bold Beanie range being used just as I'd hoped.

Nicola's sweet young children decorated a PICC line cover sleeve to cover up her chemotherapy port and help her through treatment when they can't be with their mummy. 

How wonderful. Decorated with hearts, flowers rainbow and declarations of love from her children aged 5 and 18 months. 

Nicola has rhabdomyosarcoma which is a soft tissue cancer. The primary cancer is in her nose and it spread to a lymph node in my neck and is having intense chemotherapy which started within days of me being diagnosed. Wishing you every strength Nicola for the remainder of your treatment... take things easy and get lots of cuddles.

The Bold Beanies Greetings Graffiti PICC Line Cover Sleeve plays on the idea of signing a broken arm or leg cast and sending a greetings get well soon card. The pack is delivered with a plain white PICC sleeve and pack of fabric pens for you to customise and add your slogans and messages. The fabric pen ink remains washable until ironed and set.

The perfect gift for a child to colour and draw on for a parent, carer or loved one with Cancer and also as a gift for a crafty child in hospital... they can design their own PICC sleeve to cover up a port or wear in solidarity.

These PICC Line cover sleeves are made using quality soft stretchy cotton breathable fabric to cover a PICC line on the arm port for comfort and security. 

Also suitable for IV Line, Diabetes Pump and CGM Sensor.

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Stylish Chemo Alopecia Headwear in Ireland for Women, Men and Kids with Cancer

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Stylish Chemo Alopecia Headwear in Ireland for Women, Men and Kids with Cancer

Are you looking for cancer headwear in Ireland? Bold Beanies are made in the UK with fast easy postage to Ireland.

With a wide range of stylish headwear for women, men and kids of all ages suffering from cancer and alopecia hair loss you're bound to find the hat, scarf, head wrap or PICC cover sleeve you're looking for. 

A wide collection of plain hats which can be customised with any slogan, name or image you want and sent fast to Ireland. Why not have the Irish flag put onto a hat in support for a sports game? or show support for your favourite Ie team in your favourite colours. 

Silky soft, breathable headwear made using quality cotton stretchy material to fit snuggly, easily and comfortably on the head. Breathable and temperature controlling and available in standard and extra large for adults and two sizes for children with hair loss.

Free UK Postage for all orders over £40 and Free shipping to the rest of Ireland on all orders over £55

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How to Prepare for Chemotherapy Hair Loss

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How to Prepare for Chemotherapy Hair Loss

If your doctor has prescribed a chemotherapy drug that is known to cause hair loss, make the decision to prepare yourself for hair loss before treatment begins. Cancer already does a number on a person's self-image, and hair loss can be a seriously devastating side effect. Early preparation can help you cope when your hair begins to fall out.

Many women choose to cut their hair short or shave their heads entirely before hair starts to fall out. It's a lot less shocking to have short clumps of hair fall out in the shower or in your hands, rather than a handful of long strands. Plus, hair tends to come out in uneven patches, and short hair can help to temporarily mask this.

I went straight for a 'buzz cut' but feel with hindsight it would have been a good idea for me to have an in-between cut so it was less shocking.  

2 Get a Wig

If you plan on wearing a wig after you lose your hair to chemotherapy, try to get one before your hair begins to fall out. Choosing a wig before hair loss is ideal because it allows you to choose a wig that matches your hair colour best and you'll have it on hand when hair loss starts. However you may decide to try a completely new look! Most NHS areas offer at least one wig to cancer patients starting a course of chemotherapy where medical Alopecia (hair loss) is inevitable.

I had a wig, but I have to say it wasn't a pleasant process really and I regret the experience. I wish I could have had longer choosing one and everything happened so fast I didn't have anyone with me to help choose one. As a result I didn't like mine very much and only wore it on 2 occasions at the request of my then 4 year old daughter. I found my wig very uncomfortable and felt more self conscious wearing that my beanies. BUT that is just me and I would still recommend getting at least one wig.

Even if you get a wig, you will need some type of head covering for when you are not wearing your wig, especially during chilly weather and during the night. Wigs can also be uncomfortable, so you will want some easy comfy 'hygge' headwear to slip on easily and cover up for your family and loved ones. Your scalp will most likely be sensitive when not covered, not to mention cold. Beanies also provide excellent protect protection against the sun and wind when outdoors.

Why not add a head wrap over your Bold Beanie for an extra touch of luxury.

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What's so good about a Bold Beanie...?

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What's so good about a Bold Beanie...?

Stylish pretty headwear for younger women going through Breast Cancer. For younger women with chemotherapy hair loss often with young families who need to get on with their busy days and just cover up to feel more confident and look more 'normal'.

One less thing to worry about, you will breathe a sigh of relief.

They are made using luxury Liberty silky soft fabrics with no unnecessary seams or labels to fit snuggly on a sore head. They don't slip around like a scarf and are very comfortable. Temperature controlling cotton natural breathable material make them temperature controlling so no taking on and off as your head gets too hot or cold. great if you need a peaceful nights sleep. 

Bold Beanies Sleep Caps come in two sizes and a wide variety of plain, customisable, colours and a wonderful array of beautiful Liberty prints.

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