Me & The New York Times

It’s strange how things happen. It’s strange how I got breast cancer — out of the blue, with no family history, no risk factors, no predictions that it would happen to me, at an age when mammograms are not even recommended. It’s strange how cancer brought so many people into my life — new friends, old friends, friends I had completely lost track of. It’s strange how this blog — that started as a means for updating family and friends about my progress — has turned into my best form of therapy, my link to other cancer survivors, my push to begin writing for pay after long-ago postponing this hobby that seemed to have no real place in my life. Until now.

So I write here. And I write for the Cancer Blog. And I write for Health Connections. And today yesterday, I appeared in The New York Times after a reporter read a post of mine on the Cancer Blog and called me for an interview. It’s strange that I am quoted in today’s article. And even stranger that a photo of me appears too — with my hair, once blond and straight, that is now strangely dark and curly.

And the article is about hair — about how hair dye may be linked to cancer. Because in a strange turn of events, I dyed my hair for the first time after cancer. And then I heard on the Today Show how this might be a dangerous practice. So I don’t plan to dye my hair anymore. And this is what I wrote about on the Cancer Blog. And this is what I told the reporter at the Times. And here is the story — which concludes that hair dye is not all that risky at this time.

Strange things happen because of cancer. Strange — but good.

Does It … Or Doesn’t It?

Jacki Donaldson

By the way, I just learned from a friend that there are natural hair dyes available at health food stores — for those of you who worry at the slightest risk, like me.