I am the Bald Woman. On Dec 22, 2009, I heard the 3 words that nobody ever wants to hear, 'You have cancer'. It was my mission to not only beat this stupid disease but to do it with as much humor, style, and fun as possible. I chose to look at it a little differently than most. I ran miles, I ran after my 6 year old and 3 year old, and I ran MY LIFE!!! I didn't feel sorry for my self (well not too much....I am human!! ) I wore crazy wigs, recreated a famous head shave (sorry Brit...I still love you), and documented very candidly the whole thing for the world to see. As I did all these things and looked for things to be thankful for (such as quick showers when I was bald, or perfect haircuts on my wigs) I really started to feel better. The more I did this, the easier it became and it also became pretty funny. I wore those "Chemo Princess" Shirts and "Bald is the New Blonde". I was a 30 year old with cancer....what other choice did I really have.
I finished 3 surgeries, 5 months of chemo, and 6 1/2 weeks radiation to finally hear the 3 words I had really wanted to hear "YOU HAVE SURVIVED"! I am currently a survivor and have been one since mid Aug 2010!!!! My hope is that someone that has cancer can read this and also see that "Life has it's ups and downs, and it is how we choose to deal with them that makes us who we are"!!!!! (That's my quote by the way) :)
I talked to many patients at our cancer center and discovered that some of them were not as lucky as I had been to have had babysitting, meals cooked for them, fund raisers in their honor, and house cleaning. I thought long and hard and realized that those things were so instrumental in reducing the stress I had on everyday things and therefore I was able to focus all my energy on what I really wanted to do (create memories with my family and KIck this thing in the a**). That is where the Friends of the Bald Woman became a reality. I am pleased to say that we are up and finally running as a non-profit organization that will help local families dealing with cancer, support breast cancer patients especially, and support some larger national organizations too. We plan to host several major fund raisers, sell products, and do anything else we can to "Give each cancer patient a friend when they need it most".
"Cancer can take my hair, body parts, and my pride. It will not take what makes me whole inside!!!!"