Learn about Jacqueline Iverson & Her CustomWigs for Vets
Our founder and CEO, Jacqueline Iverson, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2013. Her Army training taught her that rapid response to the disease was essential to her survival. She immediately underwent a bilateral mastectomy to remove the tumors and decrease her chances of recurrence. Because she tested triple positive to the hormones that fed the disease, she underwent one year of chemotherapy.
At that point, Jacqueline suffered complete hair loss, along with her nails, eyelashes, and eyebrows. She developed chronic neuropathy and lymphedema. Eventually, she found herself in physical, mental, and financial ruin.
As she sat, hooked up to her IV, Jacqueline began to feel like she looked: sick and broken. She was ashamed of her hair loss and her appearance to the point that she only ever took one picture without a wig, hat, scarf, or some other cover on her head. Suddenly she had an epiphany: she could not be the only person who went through this.
With that epiphany, Jacqueline began to fight through her pain and started researching resources. She eventually found that because of her military service, she was entitled to a benefit that would provide her with a custom cranial prosthetic. She began the long process of being fitted.