Hardly a week passes without me either talking to someone or hearing about someone who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Y'all it doesn't get any easier. Each time I hear the news, my heart sinks. I feel so burdened for them, regardless of the specifics of their situations, because I know exactly how they feel. The panic. The unknown. The fear of what's to come. Appointments, screenings, tests, consultations, surgeries, chemotherapy, wig shopping. I know. I've been there.
Last week, I had the privilege of talking with a lady who has just started chemo. She had her first treatment a week ago. So far, she's doing great! But, just like me, no matter how well you feel after that first treatment, there is a huge burden in not knowing when your hair is going to fall out. It's so stressful. I really can't even describe the feeling.
And, as a little side note, never tell someone who is likely facing hair loss that they may not lose their hair. I can't even tell you the number of people who said to me, "Well, you may not even lose your hair. I know someone who didn't." At the time, the patient doesn't give a hoot about who you know or what happened to them. The reality of chemo is that most women (especially) lose their hair.
So, today, here's my tribute to these women. Those who are about to lose their hair, those who have already lost it. It doesn't make it any easier to hear about other women who have lost their hair, but somehow, someway, for me it made easier to SEE those women.
And, to answer the most common question that people ask me - Yes, my hair is starting to grow back. Praise God! He has taught me so much just through the simple act of losing my hair. Thank you, Lord, for your lessons of truth!
(Please bear with me as I post a lot of pictures. I'm trying to figure out how to get the best quality BIG pictures. I'm sick of the itty bitty ones, and I'm having to play around with the html coding.)