I received a bracelet in the mail this week from my dear friend, Kellye, who knows what it’s like to have cancer. She sent me this bracelet in January but it got lost in the mail and I just got it Friday. I love it!  Perfect timing.

It had one of my favorite quotes in the package.

All this time, since my diagnosis, I have worn a great wig. It had a lace front and looked pretty natural. People asked me why I didn’t lose my hair. But I did lose my hair, I just had a nice wig. 

I have longed and ached for my hair to return. Now my hair is growing back.  Now it’s getting hot.  Now I don’t want to wear that great wig any more but I’m scared to take it off. 

This new challenge has surprised me. I thought that as soon as I had a few strands of my very own hair sprouting on top of my head, I’d lose the wig and never look back. But this wig has helped me get through some pretty tough times. 

Without the wig, when I am completely cancer free, I look like I have cancer. But I don’t!

So, as I am wont to do, I have researched/googled ‘how to style your hair after chemo’. I found some tips like ear fringe is good, wear a lot of heavy eyeliner and eyebrow pencil, and make a part in your hair. So I spent some time on it this afternoon and went to Sally’s Beauty Supply to get a few things to help…without my wig on. Yikes!

 Meredith went with me because she is great like that!  I was praying I wouldn’t see anyone I knew since I didn’t have my wig on.  But I did see someone. One of my very favorite people on the whole planet, Anne, walked into this tiny little store at about 5:00 in the afternoon when I was standing in the checkout line wanting to disappear, wanting this all to go away. It’s been a long time since I have felt so sad about my diagnosis. Today I was fighting tears for the first time in a long time. But then Anne walked in and she said in her beautiful Mississippi drawl, ” YOU LOOK AWWWWESOME!” and everything changed. She made me laugh and feel happy and silly and brave. She made me feel brave. 

Friends can do that. 

So…   This is me being brave. Today. Sans the wig. 

Thank you God for blessing me with Meredith to go with me to the store, for Anne who made me laugh, and for Kellye for sending me the bracelet that reminds me to be brave. 

I hope you have a great day and be brave!