They did tell me I would lose my hair during chemo treatment. We've heard shaving your head makes losing your hair a little easier emotionally. My daughter has a friend who went through all of this a couple years ago and she had a hair party. She, some friends, and her sisters all shaved their heads. For those who didn't want to shave their heads, they had pink extensions available. My daughters thought it would be fun to do the same thing for me, so Nini and Becky, along with some other friends, helped plan this event and it was a blast!! We had three hairdressers, snacks, lots of people, and lots of smiles and laughs. One of our Zumba® students, Monnie, decided to go out and collect pledges for shaving her head. She ended up raising $350 and donated this to my medical expenses. Not only did she shave her head, but her hair was long enough to donate so someone is going to get a nice wig out of her hair. When she came down and told me, I was astounded. I had no words. Another one of our Zumba® students, Holly, has a six year old daughter, Abby, who donated her hair as well. She now has a cute little bob cut. There were so many people who supported me by having pink extensions put in their hair. We had 60 pink hair extensions, and they were gone by the end of the night. There were many people who showed up to support with their hugs and love. I know there are many of you who couldn't be there but still sent your love and support. I am thankful for each and every one of you, for the love, prayers, thoughts, support, hats, donations, scarfs, bracelets, necklaces...everything. I feel very blessed. We are attaching a little slideshow of the hair party AND my husband, Jim, wrote this letter to all of you:
To Our Valued Family and Friends,
This night, November 15, 2013, will forever be with me. The love by so many for my wife's support is huge. I have told our kids that our family pays it forward. I stress to our family that it is a priority to add value to others every minute, every hour, and every day. By the outpouring of affection shown tonight, I know if everyone there has friends like you, this world would be much better off.
Friends reach for our hands and touch our hearts.
On behalf of my family, we thank each and every one there and those who could not be there.