My new hair arrived today. It’s as close to my current color as it could be and a bit longer too. Once I lose my own hair and the underhair fits my head properly, I will cut it to look more like my current style. Until then, I will enjoy my own hair — which I really like right now. Ironically, I started growing out my bangs about six months ago. They are almost long enough to tuck behind my ear and stay out of my face. And now they are all going to fall out. It figures.
I went to a program today called “Look Good, Feel Better,” sponsored by the American Cancer Society. I got a box of goodies — moisturizers, make-up, sunscreen — and learned how to take care of my skin during treatment. I also learned how to pencil in eyebrows and how to care for wigs. One woman approached me and asked if I was a resident of the Hope Lodge — the location of the program. This lodge houses out-of-town cancer patients so they can receive their treatment in Gainesville. I told her I lived in town and get to drive myself to my appointments. So she gave me a tour of her room, which is like a nice hotel room, and all of the common areas of the lodge. There is a kitchen where everyone can cook for themselves, reserved refrigerator space for everyone, a TV room, and Bingo too!
This woman is also a breast cancer patient who is at the end of her chemo and is just beginning radiation. Her hair is just growing back — so are her eyebrows and eyelashes. So as I am about to lose my hair, this woman symbolizes the light at the end of tunnel.
Despite the pending hair loss, all is well. I feel good and other than my queasy Sunday, I do not have anything bad to report. Today was as normal as any other day. For that, I am thankful.