12:01 (GMT+2), Sat, 12 October 2013| Comments
A woman who battled cancer reached over 100,000 people with her heart-warming blog on how to look glamorous through chemo.
Laura Cannon was just 22 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012 and endured months of toxic medication and a double mastectomy.
Laura went through six rounds of chemo but wanted to still feel glam and feminine
But the fashion devotee decided to add a touch of glamour to her ordeal in January this year and started an online guide on how to stay beautiful during the treatment.
The physical toil chemotherapy takes on patients is well known but the former student found little information on how to help sufferers cope with the drastic changes in their appearance.
"After I was diagnosed I was Googling and I didn't find that much to help me,” explains Laura.
“Everyone that has written a blog was at the very youngest in their 30s.”
She decided to start her own blog featuring top beauty and fashion tips to overcome the harsh side effects of chemo, Laura Louise and her Naught Disease, which attracted over 100,000 readers.
From how to deal with hair loss to fun outfits to brighten up trips to the hospital, Laura’s detailed her attempts to stay upbeat and gorgeous through six grueling rounds of chemo.
"I'm not saying that I always looked or felt like being glamorous through all this - some days I would be in hospital wearing no make-up and feeling rubbish, despite being surrounded by hot doctors," she admits.
n a refreshingly honest post from last January, the Devonshire girl (who nicknamed her cancer ‘Kenneth’) talks through her difficult decision to shave her head.
“January 24th - Today has been a BIG day. My hair loss became so extreme over the last couple of days I decided enough was enough and so today I took control and went on a little trip to the hairdressers.
I have to give a MASSIVE thank you to Sarah (my super fab hairdresser) who was absolutely amazing with me today. We had fun, we laughed and we made the most out of what is essentially a horrendous situation…
As I sit here typing, wearing my bobble hat to keep my newly shaven head warm, I can't help but think how lucky I am. I have an amazing family, their love and support keeps me sane. I have the best group of friends any girl could wish for and when Kenneth finally leaves me I know I will be the able to conquer anything life throws at me!"
Laura’s tip to rocking the shaved head look? Wear bright heels because "when you wear shoes as great as these, no one cares about the bald head".
"I don't want to look like a poorly person when I go out for lunch or to see friends so I've been working on my chemo chic,” she writes.
"I added a scarf to keep me warm and a fun t-shirt to distract away from the obvious head with no hair look."
Her quirky blog posts have been read all over the world and a host of celebs including Caroline Flack, Gary Barlow and Russell Brand have tweeted their support.
The Bristol University graduate went through six rounds of chemo between January and the end of April and surgeons performed a 12-hour double mastectomy and reconstruction in June.
Thankfully Laura is now clear of cancer and has just started five weeks of radiotherapy to ensure the disease has completely gone.
Laura's online diary won her the best newcomer award at the Cosmopolitan magazine blogging awards last month and now the budding writer is planning a novel based on her experiences.