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If you can recall, last summer I wrote a post regarding the Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB) program run by the American Cancer Society. The program provides free wigs & makeup for cancer patients as they go through treatment. When my aunt Carol was going through her colon cancer battle, she never lost her hair through treatment. It's crazy to think that after endless amounts of chemo & radiation that her hair sat perfectly on her head. But when the cancer spread to her brain last spring, the next course of treatment caused her hair loss. I set up her appointment for the LGFB so easily by calling the American Cancer Society hotline. That afternoon of her LGFB session, was so much fun. We tried on all sorts of wigs, we laughed, I cried and it was an afternoon right before her passing, that I am still so thankful for.
So I decided it was my turn to give back. I grew my thick brown locks & was originally going to donate my hair once it got long enough that I could donate & keep it at least shoulder length. And then I realized, that by the time that happened, it would be another year & I couldn't wait that long. So instead, I decided it was time to go big or go home and do a massive, massive cut. Once I have my mind set on something, it's set.
Off I went to my favorite salon, Scott Thomas Salon in Shrub Oak NY, because I knew they would do me right. I might have cried a little bit in my car in the parking lot, not because I was about to get my hair cut, but because I wished my aunt was still here with me today. I cried knowing that so many families would be seeking out wigs during cancer treatment . I cried because I truly, want to live in a cancer free world, I don't want my future children to ever have to worry about hear the words; "you have cancer".
The cut happened & I am thrilled with my outcome, I was able to donate over 10 inches! What I hope, is that other families going through such trying times, will find that an afternoon at Look Good, Feel Better will give them some smiles, some laughter, some comfort & the courage to keep fighting!
Have you ever donated your hair? Tell us about your experiences!
To learn more about the awesome LGFB program, please visit cancer.org or sign up to fundraise & fund the program at relayforlife.org
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!