A courageous bride shared a
powerful image of herself with a shaved head on her wedding day after battling
breast cancer – to encourage others to check themselves for lumps.
Sarah, from Merseyside, England, was devastatingly
diagnosed with breast cancer last year and was due to get married later this year.
But the mom-of-two and her partner Rob Vaughan (44) decided
to get married on 6 January as she was unsure of how the chemotherapy would
make her feel.
The 33-year-old teacher hoped she would still have her long
luscious locks for the wedding but just four days before the big day her hair
started falling out.
Sarah made the brave decision to shave it all off and
bought a wig she proudly named ‘Brittany’ to wear on her special day.
"I shaved it off after hacking it away with scissors
(by then it was a tatty ball on my head anyway) so I had a few days to get used
to wearing my wig before the big day,” says Sarah.
"I really didn't want to wear the wig but knew in the
days leading up to the wedding that it was my only option.”
On the morning of her big day, the excited bride took a
snap of herself without her wig and shared it online to encourage other women
to check for lumps.
"On the morning of the wedding I took that picture and
I decided to share it online.
"It made me feel so empowered. I just wanted to make
people more aware and get people to check for lumps,” she says.
As the day went on, Sarah
decided to ditch her wig and embrace her new found confidence.
"Lots of people on the day said they didn't even know
it was a wig but as the day went on I just wanted to take it off as it was hot
and itchy after such a long time.
"When I did take it off on the dance floor everyone
clapped and embraced the moment. It was a very special day,” she says.
The mom was diagnosed with cancer the day before she was
due to move into a new house with Robert,
who she has been with for the past three years.
"It was a shock when I got the diagnosis. I thought I
was really good at checking because I've had lumps before that have been
"But when I looked back I couldn't remember the last
time I checked and that's when I thought, 'we need more of a reminder,” she
Since her devastating diagnosis, Sarah has set up a
Facebook page called First of
the month check to remind people to have regular check-ups.
"It is just about being aware of your own body. I
think we are a bit shy especially as Brits. We need to be aware so if there are
any changes you can act on it,” says the mom.
Sarah is waiting for
her MRI results to see what stage the cancer is but the mom remains optimistic.
"Since making the Facebook page I have had a lot of
messages from people saying, 'well done. I think you are awesome.'
"I've had people thanking me saying they have found a lump which they would have never found if
it wasn't for my post. A lot of people have said they never check but now they
"I do feel very lucky because the treatment is
amazing. I have had a lot of fantastic support. Rob has been amazing. I have
got a lot to be thankful for regardless of the diagnosis," she says.
Source: Magazine Features