Sydney woman Diane Guy not only found the strength to come to terms with the death of her sister to cancer, she now helps women cope with their disease and look as good as possible.
Diane Guy is "The Wig Lady" and is committed to bringing a measure of confidence and cheer to women who suffer from cancer.
She has been fitting women with wigs for seven years and having formerly worked for Wigs on Wheels she has now moved on to establish her own business: The Wig Lady.
"The name came to me because that's how everyone refers to me," Ms Guy said.
"I offer a very discreet mobile service to patients in homes, hospitals or work places throughout Sydney.
"Women hate to lose their hair because of cancer treatments.
"Their self-esteem plummets, especially if they go for 12 months without a hair style. It's a very fragile time for them."
Ms Guy understands what it's like to wear wigs because she herself became a permanent wig wearer.
"After an operation on my head I couldn't colour my hair for six months.
"I know what it's like to look in the mirror and ask 'Who am I?'
"I've been wearing a wig to this day so I guess you could say I really 'walk the talk'. And it's the most satisfying thing to me seeing other women smile after putting on a wig which flatters them.
"Mine is a real feel-good job and I feel I meet my new best friend every day of the week."
Ms Guy said she carried 700 wigs from many brands and a large range of headwear.
"Many women don't want to go shopping for a wig and prefer to try a wig in the comfort of their own homes, perhaps with their husbands and children there for support.
"It can be quite daunting to sit in a salon with a bald head.
"I am available seven days a week as well as evenings. I spend at least two hours with each client, fitting them with the best wig for them.
"Mostly clients buy on the day, otherwise I can order a wig in.
"And if you buy a wig because you're going through cancer and you're in a private health fund, you can claim back most of the cost."
Ms Guy caters for all sizes and offers a large range of styles.
"There are new techniques. For instance most are now heat-friendly.
"And the improvements are not thanks to the fashion industry but in answer to the needs of cancer patients."
Ms Guy's services extend to retirement villages.
"As you get older your hair thins so it's a good idea to have a wig in the wardrobe you can pop on when you want to."
Another of Ms Guy's goals is to get into the fashion industry and host parties for small groups of women interested in wearing wigs.
"My prices are very competitive and I give prompt service, within 24 hours."
■ Diane Guy travels from Sydney as far as Newcastle and the Blue Mountains. There's no call-out fee.
Phone: 0407 896 415;