Monday, December 29, 2008

In honor of Patty and Pam

This year one of the nurses I work with and my husband's aunt were diagnosed with cancer and had to under go chemotherapy and both lost their hair. My sister also had cancer as a child and lost her hair. Seeing these ladies lose their hair made me think about how we take simple things in our lives for granted. How often have I complained about my hair? I certainly wouldn't want to be without it, though. I have kept my hair long since college, mainly out of convenience. I decided that six months of longer than usual hair to get to the needed 10 inches and shorter hair for a bit would be a small sacrifice to make for someone to have a nice, real hair prosthesis. Locks of Love provides hair prostheses to children who have lost their hair--free of charge. A hair prosthesis can cost well over $1,000. You need to donate 10 inches in order for it to be used to make a prosthesis. They take hair that is colored or permed, but not if it is bleached. Apparently bleached hair dissolves in the process they put it through to make it into a prostesis. If you hair is shorter, they can sell the hair to offset their costs. To find out more information, you can visit their website at http://www.locksoflove.org/.


4 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh, wow! You actually did it! It'll take a while for you to get used to it . . . it'll take a while for me to get used to it! But you know, it's totally worth it.

Becky said...

The hairstylist said I would suffer from "phanton hair" for awhile, you go to wash it and are suprised that there isn't more, for me is I keep trying to put it in a pony tail. I can put it in a itty bitty one, but the front falls out. :o)

Sarah said...

Yeah, I've had phantom hair before and it's kind of weird. And when I get my hair cut, it bugs me too when it's too short for a ponytail. :~)

AmyG said...

wow---what a surprise!! You look great though and what a good cause too. See you tomorrow!!