Wollongong mother of four Toula Spears has spent three months battling blood cancer but she didn't expect to face a fight when she fronted up to Unanderra motor registry to renew her driver's licence.

Mrs Spears was wearing a scarf to hide the hair loss caused by four rounds of chemotherapy, and said she was "humiliated" when a staff member repeatedly told her to take the head covering off for the photo.

It was only when her husband Kane stepped in - suggesting that a headscarf would be allowed on religious grounds, so why not medical - that the staff member and her supervisor reluctantly allowed her to keep the scarf, and her self-esteem, intact.

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