When I found out I had breast cancer, three hundred and sixty five million thoughts took their turns rolling through my head.
Make that three hundred and sixty six.
I'm sure none of you will be surprised to hear that after the initial life and death types of thoughts, and the I have no clue what's in store kinds of thoughts, I eventually worked my way down the list to the losing my hair during chemo kinds of thoughts.
I put off thinking about it as long as possible, but the wonderful nurse who was pretty much in charge of managing my life from the day I was diagnosed finally forced me to think about it the week before I started chemo.
We talked about wigs and hats and scarves - all perfectly viable options - and then at the end, she told me about a company that takes your own hair and turns it into a wiggish/cap type of thing that you wear with a hat.
Bingo! I was sold. It was the perfect option for me.
The company is called Hip Hats With Hair, and they have several different products, but the one I chose is the Underhair Halo Wig.
While it was still extremely - and I mean extremely difficult to have my hair cut and then have my head shaved, it was a bit easier knowing that I would soon have my very own hair back on my very own head.
Here I am with my youngest the day before the big haircut.
My BFF followed the website instructions for cutting and packaging up my hair. We both cried while she put it in all the little ponies, we cried some more as she cut each pony off, and then we cried some more while she took the clippers to my head.
And then, thank goodness, we were finally done crying.
About two weeks later, my hair arrived right back here, ready for wearing.
Here I am with my hubby and my new hair and my favorite hat.
(This picture was taken with the self timer on my camera and we are laughing because I obviously have no clue how to use the self timer on my camera. That we ended up with one acceptable picture is a miracle in line with loaves and fishes.)
My hair is amazingly comfortable. (Although, bald feels the best, and the second I get home the hair comes off.)
I pop it on almost every single time I leave the house.
You can wear it with any hat that covers the cap.
It is very well made.
I feel totally myself when I'm wearing it, and during a season in life when I'm not feeling myself in many other ways, that means a lot.
In order to have a halo made with your own hair, your hair needs to be at least eight inches long. However, they have many similar products available that do not require you to send in your own hair.
So ladies, file this one away in case you or someone you love ends up walking down this road. It's been a huge factor in my ability to feel good about myself while going through chemo, so I wanted to get the word out in case it can be of help to someone else.
p.s. Random zinnia pictures included simply because I realized I haven't posted a single zinnia picture this year, and summer can't end without some zinnia love.
p.p.s. Six treatments down, only two to go. If I stay on schedule I'm done October 3rd. WOOT!