The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 14

cancer survivor

June 9, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

June 4th was National Cancer Survivors Day.  At MD Anderson, you’re a survivor the moment you receive a cancer diagnosis.  Caregivers are survivors too.  I did not know that this day of celebration existed until I saw posts onto Facebook and Twitter.  This day made me grateful for my future and thankful for my amazing support system-my anchors!

The rest of my week revolved around my hair!  My hair was falling out by the handful, especially when I washed it. Starting each day with hair all over the tub was unsettling.  My husband suggested washing my hair at night, but I like taking a shower in the morning.  My coworkers could not tell that my hair was falling out and thinning, but I could. I was more than ready to get my hair cut! On Thursday, my mom and I went to Artemis Hair Studio to get my hair cut and wig fitted.  Kitsa, the hair stylist, cut my hair first while it was in a ponytail so that I could donate it.  I will mail my hair to Children with Hair Loss.  The requirements are that the hair must be a minimum of 8 inches, clean, and dry.  They also accept color treated hair. I am so excited that I will be helping children in need with my hair donation!

 

Next, Kitsa cut my hair really short, so that the garment would fit over my head. The garment fitting went well. My garment is made from real hair and the color of my garment was perfect. When I saw my garment a few weeks ago it had a red color to it, but Kitsa gladly fixed it. She fit the garment onto my head and showed me how to place the garment on my head according to where the tape was placed. She also added layers to my garment.  Also, she styled the garment with a round brush. She told me that you never blow dry or style the garment while it is on your head. The garment can be washed every 2 to 3 weeks with sulfate free shampoo.  I decided to name my garment “Gloria”.  The song “Gloria” was playing on the way home from my garment consultation appointment and it seemed fitting.  “Gloria” made her appearance at the Jimmy Buffett concert.

 

I was very pleased with my garment experience.  Kitsa’s passion is helping women with hair loss due to cancer. She has helped women like me for the past 8 years. She made me feel comfortable and had tissues on hand when my mom and I needed them. Hair loss due to cancer treatment is an emotional experience and Kitsa was very supportive and comforting every step of the way.  Kitsa’s staff are also very welcoming, helpful, and efficient.

I found an excellent article written by MD Anderson that explains how to support a friend with hair loss.  

 

My Chemo Anchor this week is TW. TW has been so supportive through this entire process and I ❤️ him for that. He is the voice of reason and listens (or atleast I think he is listening, LOL) to me when I go round and round with my thoughts and feelings about my journey.  Today is treatment #5 and National Donald Duck Day!  Donald Duck is hiding in the second picture.  

Anchored in HOPE,

JW

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12 thoughts on “The Anchor 💗⚓️💗 – Edition 14”

  1. So happy to hear you are doing well. Mike was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma on May 3. You inspire me to to keep my chin up and keep going! We are learning to fight the cancer fight and remember that we are not alone. Hope to see you soon!

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    1. Thank you! I am sorry to hear that about Mike. I will be sure to pray for him. You are definitely not alone and he is fortunate to have you taking such good care of him. Hope to see you soon too!

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  2. Gloria looks amazing and so do you!!! She did a really great job. One step closer to getting this all behind you 🙂 look forward to seeing you Sunday!

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  3. If I was dealing with cancer, I hope that I would exhibit the strength and courage you have from the very beginning of your journey. Your being so open and honest, though I know is difficult, is so inspiring to so many. Gloria looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Marsha! There are always different ways to approach life situations, I take things one day at a time and I know that everything will be OK when this is all behind me!

      You will meet Gloria next weekend! 😉

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  4. Wow! Thank God for creative souls. “Gloria” looks fantastic on you! Hang in there. We love you!
    Aunt Diana and Uncle Jim

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    1. Thank you, Aunt Diana and Uncle Jim! I have only worn “Gloria” for a few hours. It will take some time to get used to Wearing “Gloria”. I am still wearing my short, new haircut while I can. 💗 you too!

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