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General, Health, Life

Out of hiding.

12.15.04 | 5 Comments

Today I debuted my naked head. No wig, no hat, no scarf. The longest hair I have so far is 3/4″, so from a distance I may look like a would-be starlet of GI Jane II. But I must say it was a liberating experience, and not too many people at the mall seemed bothered. And, thank goodness, no one called me “mister.”

I started to lose my hair the 17th day of chemotherapy, just as I had been told. My middle school principal had breast cancer a few years ago, and she was very clear that I should expect my hair to fall out on the 17th day. I cut and donated my locks when I found out I would have chemo, and in late July when the hair started falling out by the handful, I did what most females never have occasion to do – I shaved my head. As a show of solidarity, my Dad shaved his, too. Since then I have worn some sort of head covering in public, and most of the time at home. Though not having to shave any body hair was a dream come true, and I was grateful to have my wigs and hats, it got old. So when I started needing a razor in the shower again, one can only imagine my excitement.

I have learned a lot of patience in the past six months, but there’s no reason to wait any longer. My family, who is not at all biased, says I have a beautiful head. Of course I look different; in many ways, I am different. As soon as possible I will have a normal hairstyle again, and eventually, long beautiful hair. But for now, I will hold this fuzzy head high.

My naked head.

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