Wigs. Have you ever gone shopping for a wig wanting to change your look? We all want to be as beautiful as the stars. Chemo gives you the opportunity to shop. Not one that you probably want, but for most of us, one that we may choose to do.
When you start chemotherapy they tell you that you might not lose your hair, “not everyone does.” I had lovely long blondish hair, thick, rich, quite beautiful at times. At least on a good day.
Lucky for me I had a friend who was a beautician and right before I started my chemotherapy we put it in a pony tail and cut it off, right above the hair tie. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It made the journey real and I was so scared. My hair was long enough that we sent it off to the agency listed here ( click here http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/ site. It is an organization that will take human hair and make a wig out of it for a child or adult with cancer. I don’t know it they charge the patients or give them away free but it is a nice gift to give. Here are the requirements:
How To Donate
- 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length used for a hairpiece.
- Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut.
- Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in.
- Place the ponytail or braid inside of a plastic bag, and then inside of an envelope.
Anyway, I wasn’t taking any chances. I definitely did not want wads of this beautiful hair falling out in my hands. The thought made me gag. So, we cut my hair real short so that if it did start to fall out I could shave the rest myself. You can’t imagine the things you have to endure along with the chemotherapy. So many small indignities. So many!!!!
Well, my hair did fall out, it started right after my first treatment. I noticed it when I was showering about two weeks after my first go round. I was so upset. So saddened, so sick to my stomach over it. It wasn’t because I was vain or thought I was a beauty,. It was because this was a sign that I was on the road to the worst possible trip I could take, and I was scared to death.
We have choices in our life. We can curl up in a ball and give in to our pain, physical and emotional, or we can push forward. That ‘s it. Stop or go. There is no ” wait and see” anymore, dam them. And each day I pushed forward. Oh, I hated it, I wanted to stop, but I couldn’t. Remember my goal was to get into nursing school. And for me I was not going to stop until it or life made me stop. Thank God neither did.
I bought two wigs on my shopping trip before chemo started. I bought one and my daughter bought one for me. They cost $100 a piece. I still have them. They look like some kind of dead animal laying there in their box. I will never wear them again. At least I hope not.
I remember the first day I wore my wig after I had shaved my hair. We had a four day weekend. Several of the female students in my A&P lab complimented me on my new look. I don’t know if they knew the reason behind my new look but I appreciated their thoughtfulness. I was in my fifties, they were maybe twenty. I only shared my up coming journey with one student who sat behind me. She was always friendly when we sat in lecture. I ended up asking her if I could borrow her class notes if and when I missed class. She was a gracious and lovely person. She said I could have whatever I needed, lucky for me I didn’t have to ask but a couple times.
When you look at the news you hear a lot of nasty stuff. I almost never listen because I know the world is a better place then what they show us. I know it because along my journey I met so many wonderful people who really cared. I don’t know how they do it day after day encouraging patients, offering a kind word, doing a good deed. But, they are the true CARE GIVERS of the world. Thank you!
How does this tie into my ranting against breast cancer awareness? It ties in because there is so much more that we can do for the people who have to suffer day in day out fighting against a deadly disease, and it’s possible deadly treatment.
If we get people, and providers to TAKE ACTION NOW against cancer it might save some from the horrors that may come their way from waiting, from just watching it. We have all gone way past Awareness. It’s like we have come to the end of a bridge and don’t know which way to go. The way to go is to take action now, to do something, not to wait.
Share this and my other blogs about taking action against cancer with as many others as you can. Every tiny little thing in the world started with an idea first. This is my idea TAKE ACTION NOW AGAINST CANCER NOW.
Have a great day you and I deserve it.