Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Haircut Party!

My second visit to the oncologist the head nurse gave me the exact date she was pretty sure all of my hair would fall out. Up until this point I was ok with loosing my hair, but when she did that it freaked me out a little. I had long hair and she suggested I cut it before that date "so I wouldn't make a mess". LOL. I hadn't cut my hair short in over 10 years, so I was equally nervous to get it all cut off. So for one of the first times in my life, I asked for help. I asked Shelley if she'd go with me to get my haircut. I was not prepared for what happened next. :0)
Shelley organized a huge "Haircut Party" for me with printed invitations! Adrea volunteered to come to Judy's house and cut my hair at the party, while all of my friends and family ate great food and watched. That night I was overwhelmed with all of the love and support I didn't realize I had in my life. They all drove out on a cold October night in the middle of the week to support me in getting all my hair cut off. They also brought me gifts - hats, lotions, pink ribbon shirts, breast cancer bracelets, warm jackets, books, and necklaces. And each and every person there offered more help, everything from food to rides to chemo to help taking care of Jake. It was incredible, and a night I will never ever forget.
Adrea also did a wonderful job giving me a cute short cut, and lots of tips on what to do as it started to fall out and when to expect it to grow back (it took a long time to grow back).
That night taught me an important lesson in life. Ask for help. And then let people help you. I am blessed with an incredible support system, one that I hope to never take for granted.

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