A mother battling breast cancer has become a TikTok sensation – after a video of her drawing on her eyebrows with a coat hanger went viral.
Jane Wagstaff, 53, was encouraged to join the social media site by her son, 18-year-old Harvey, because ‘old people don’t go on it’.
She initially filmed herself drawing on eyebrows as a joke, using the hook from a plastic coat hanger as her stencil.
The mother-of-three was shocked when her video then went viral with several million views and over 30,000 comments – and she now posts daily videos to her growing audience.
Jane said that she uses laughter as therapy and that her TikTok fame has helped distract her from her recent cancer diagnosis.
She said her breast cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, and other precancerous cells.
She now faces a gruelling 36 weeks of treatment before an assessment and maybe an operation.
She said: “The laughter is therapy for me, but I didn’t realise it was funny. Behind that I’m a wreck, but TikTok is fun and a release – there’re lots of people on there supporting me.
“I’ve had lots of support from my friends on Facebook, but on TikTok I get messages from breast cancer survivors that I’ve never met who are offering help.
Her initial video has already got 1.5million views on TikTok and a further 6.5million on Facebook.
Jane, who now faces 18 weeks of chemotherapy followed by a further 18 weeks of hormone therapy, said it was the laughter was the perfect therapy for what she was going to.
Jane, from Cullompton, Devon, said: “I’m quite a funny person, well I think I am – people laugh at me.
“During lockdown I was sitting with my youngest and he said I should give TikTok a go because old people don’t go on it.
“I’m only 53, I wouldn’t say I’m old, but I thought I would give it a go anyway.
“The eyebrow one I did a few weeks ago and it’s had millions of views, I couldn’t believe it.
“I saw someone else do it on TikTok and she only had a few hundred views and I thought I’d give it a go, but my version took off.
“I’ve got over 6,000 followers now – that’s a lot for someone like me who isn’t trying to sell something.”