I remember the day we went to the Wig Store.
It was a rough day, made easier with a bit of fun and laughter. We suggested that Mom go blonde, do something unexpected. But it was all in fun. She, we knew, would pick something out that made her feel “normal”, as if that was a word that even existed in our vocabulary anymore.
You want to know something? She rarely wore that wig.
At home, she was beautifully bald until she grew back white “fuzz”. When she ran errands, she’d prefer a baseball cap over the wig. The wig was hot after all. Her hair hadn’t defined her, and the lack of it didn’t either.
And while we buried my mom wearing that wig, when I remember my mom that year…..the holidays, the special moments, the last moments, it’s the images of her beautifully without much hair.
That was my mom.
In memory of the grandma she never knew, my own daughter cut off 10 inches of her hair last fall. It was a big moment.
- 303,998 Ponytails have been donated so far in a program that is near and dear to my heart:
- So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.
In Need of a Wig –> To see if you are eligible to receive a free wig or if there are wigs available in your area, please call the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank Line at 1-877-227-1596.
(Please join me as I continue to talk about breast cancer this month in memory of my own mother, who lost her life at the young age of 55. You’ll find more articles, some personal, some informational, at the top on the navigation bar – click on Breast Cancer Event)