Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Day Mom Shaved Her Head

I had originally made plans to travel with my parents to Houston for Mom’s 2nd round of chemotherapy. After completing routine blood work, the MD couldn’t risk treating Mom with her platelets at such a dangerously low level. They will try again next week.

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In the meantime, Mom has been losing a tremendous amount of hair (a common and expected side effect to her chemo). I drove to Waco for the weekend to love on Ma and accompany her to the beauty salon for support.

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She was cracking me up---laughing SO hard at all of the wigs that Robert would try on her. (Robert and Linda have been cutting/coloring Mom’s hair since I was a baby girl- good people).

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Here we go… deep breath…

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Liberating!

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No more long strands of hair falling in her face at night, when she showers, when she sits down or walks across the room…

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This is Mom’s “new-do” on loan until her own, personal wig arrives.

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Love her.

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Even Shi dawg approved of Granna’s new cut and had to give her some wet, sloppy kisses.

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I absolutely HATE cancer, y’all. My heart aches for all of you out there who are experiencing this horrible disease in one way or another. Fight on, my friends---and thank you so much for your prayers and well wishes for Mom.

02 February 2014

 

Tis only a small blip in a LONG and beautiful life, sweet woman.

I love you, Mom.

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34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post! Prayers for yiur mom during this journey and for all of your family!

Holli said...

How beautiful is your Mum!!! A huge smile on her face the whole time, what a strong lady. xx

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your mom, Suz. You are such an awesome daughter!

Liz said...

Seriously! Your mom can totally pull off the cool short spiky look! She is adorable with or without hair! Way to go for being there with her during this tough day!

Anonymous said...

Keeping your Mom in my prayers and admiring her bright spirits and determination. I know when my husband was diagnosed they told me when one person in the family gets diagnosed, the whole family has cancer. Hope your Dad is doing well - it's often difficult for the fellas too.

Anonymous said...

You are a very special daughter. I am sure your support is helping your mother go through this difficult time in her life. Like you said, this is just a small bump in life for her. She will come through this with flying colors. Love to all of you. I am praying daily.

Lauren said...

Your mom is beautiful! Inside and out! Stand strong and we are praying!

Love Being A Nonny said...

She rocks that haircut! TRULY! I just prayed for your sweet mom this morning!

Kelsey said...

I am a radiation therapy student in Oklahoma and we see this all of the time! Personally, I believe shaving what is left when a person's hair begins to fall out is less traumatic than leaving it and watching it go in clumps! I am glad to see that your Mom did this - her temporary wig looks great on her! I have been checking back for updates occasionally, hate that she has to go through this!

Anonymous said...

What a positive blog post for what must have been a difficult moment. I LOVE the buzz cut though & her loaned wig looks amazing too. I hope the new do's made her feel as beautiful as she is - inside & out! Sending lots of positive thoughts! Mindy Darrow

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post. Prayers for you, your mom and all your family.

His Grace Blogger said...

Praying for you and your Mum. You're both doing so well, keep going x

Danielle said...

So very sorry she & you are going through this!! She looks beautiful!!

Summer said...

You're mom is so beautiful!! I'll be praying for her to beat this horrible disease. Please keep us all updated on her progress. With love from a fellow Texan :)

Anonymous said...

Haircut looks good on her and her new do looks so natural on her. She looks like she is in good spirits.

beth ewing said...

Saying a prayer for your sweet mama right now. My dad had cancer my senior year of college and he beat it. A year after being diagnosed, he walked me down the aisle…cancer free (not just in remission but gone). we got almost 12 more years before a totally different kind hit him in May of last year. Sadly he lost that battle and went to be with Jesus in September. So I HATE cancer with you. But I wanted to give you my dad's success story to know that success can happen.

Stacy - twin mom said...

I think that short haircut just makes her smile even more brilliant. Thoughts and prayers for a full & speedy recovery.

sl said...

Prayers for your Mom, her Doctors and your entire family!! Family members have fought cancer way too many times in my lifetime. I am sure you Mom' spirit were lifted by your visit!

Kelly said...

She's rocking her new hair cut! Sending prayers to your family!

Anonymous said...

I was visiting at my parents house one day when I walked into the kitchen and saw my dad looking out the window at my mom on the patio. She was shaving her head and dad was in tears. I had never seen him cry before. It is a horrible experience for the patient to go through, and gut wrenching for the family that can't make everything better. I wish your family hope and peace. My mom is 5 1/2 years cancer free now. I wish your mom the same health and miracles.

Mandi said...

Prayers for your mom, and your entire family. It is obvious what a blessing you both are to one another.

Christy said...

Your mom looks wonderful. Praying for her and your family.

Anonymous said...

I have never commented on anything although I follow several blogs. I came upon yours several years while following a coworkers blog dealing with the birth of her twins. I just wanted to say, your mother looks beautiful with her crew cut. It shows off her eyes and beautiful smile. Her twin should get one too!

Melissa Long said...

She looks fab with or without hair! Continued prayers for a strong and special lady!

Alissa said...

Love your positivity! I know how hard it is to see your mom go through cancer. Sending you many prayers. And your mom looks really great - her wig looks terrific on her. Much strength to her!

Karen Willis said...

When my mom lost her hair to chemo her wig actually looked better than her real hair and she loved it! You and your family have been in my prayers.

mewohlwend said...

You have an awesome mother! Prayers that she's soon back to being healthy and feeling great! (That "loaner" wig is darling!)

Steff said...

Absolutely beautiful, love her smile too!

Anonymous said...

It's St. Valentine's Day so I am sending your Mom some love and keeping her and the whole family in my prayers.

We celebrate Family Day on Monday in Canada and I'm going to hold my nearest and dearest even closer this year. Thanks for sharing your story. Nancy

TamaraL said...

That wig looks amazing on your wonderful mother!! Wishing her all the best!

Anonymous said...

awww. makes me teary eyed, these photos. i went through very same thing with my mom, with breast cancer. losing her hair was probably the hardest things for her, especially when it came out in handfuls and seemed to be everywhere. she was surprised how hard it was on her. we did wig shopping prior, and had similar laughs like you and your mom. its been 5 years and she is cancer free. her journey has made us apprecaite her all the more and left us compassionate and prayerful for those walking similar paths. it changes you. keep being close to your mom, ive learned how much a mother appreciates her daughters love and presence during these hard months of treatments. and it was a privilege to walk alongside her to encourage her along like she has/had done for me all along.
hang in there.....
heidi c.

ive followed your blog since i found you through my friends quad blog... ill forever remember being in awe seeing your joy holding your four newborns. amazing miracles! God is good!

Jaclyn N Lil M said...

Keeping your family in my prayers!! You are so sweet to be there for your mom!! So happy she made this a "fun" event and was able to laugh and go with the punches!!

http://thelifeoflilmsmommy.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone else in saying that your Momma can seriously pull off the new shorter do! I think she looks beautiful:)

Jolly Johnstons said...

Praying for you and your sweet Momma.

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