PAXMAN recently hosted a special event in honour of inspirational BBC presenter Rachael Bland, to celebrate and thank some incredible women who are championing scalp cooling and the impact it has on people’s lives through a cancer diagnosis.
The day was attended by PAXMAN’s ambassadors, known as the PAXMAN Pioneers –amazing women who all have vast knowledge of scalp cooling from their own scalp cooling experiences during chemotherapy. Claire Paxman, Director of Strategic Initiatives, hosted a round table discussion to tackle some of the myths and misinformation that is often falsely accepted about scalp cooling. Lauren Mahon, one of Rachael’s co-hosts on the award-winning podcast ‘You, Me and the Big C’ and Jules Peters – wife of Welsh rock star Mike Peters of the Alarm and co-founder of Love, Hope Strength Foundation joined the discussion along with Steve Bland, Rachael’s husband.
Each of the pioneers was treated to a pampering session from charity ‘Look Good Feel Better’ – the only charity of its kind set up to help people manage the visible side effects of cancer.
The collective voice of all attendees shared powerful knowledge ensuring that anyone considering scalp cooling has accurate information that allows them to make an informed choice. It also highlighted exactly why scalp cooling meant so much to Rachael.
From the day she was diagnosed, Rachael worked tirelessly to reduce the stigma around cancer. By encouraging people to talk and being open and honest about the implications of cancer, treatment and getting on with living. Rachael used scalp cooling during her treatment and filmed videos and wrote blog posts during chemotherapy explaining what scalp cooling was and giving tips on how to get the best results.