About a year ago, my hair was thinning so badly from chemo I started to need to wear wigs and hats. My hair was long and curly and was the feature I loved most about my physical appearance. So naturally when it came down to shaving my beloved hair, it needed to be private since my tears ran like a flooding river.
When my hair falls out, it feels like there are tiny bugs crawling on my scalp. I can feel it whether it falls out in clumps or by the single strand.
About a year later, I'm facing the same situation. This time I'm undergoing a different chemotherapy, but with the same results -- my hair begun falling out noticeably over Labor Day weekend. I first noticed it during a shower at the campground on our mini-getaway to New Hampshire/Vermont. I noticed an increase of hair on my hands but I wasn't too worried yet. Then that feeling swept over my scalp -- like small tingly waves and, when I scratched, clumps of hair attached themselves to my fingers.
But I don't want ANYONE shaving their heads for me! Why should others suffer? I'm not going bald by choice! I'm going bald because I'm fighting to survive as long as possible. Over the past year I've learned that it's a major help to have the love and support of my family and friends, so that's why I want you all to be a part of my head-shaving this year. Will this be my last time losing my hair? I don't know, but I do know we can make this time fun, share laughs together and make the most out of a crummy situation!
Here is the drill. I would love to throw a Shave My Head Party, but I don't think I'll have the energy or the time to pull it off before my hair falls out its own. So my dear friend from Michael Francis Salon in Middletown is going to shave my head, and we will share the event through Facebook Live. With cake! Before I got cancer, my favorite cakes were a chocolate cake made by Ria Violano, and ice cream cakes. I stopped eating cake because some say sugar feeds cancer. Maybe some studies say it can, but as as Tina Fey said, “just eat cake.” Thank you, Tina -- don’t mind if I do!