Friday, March 23, 2012

The Haircut

Last night I finally did the one thing I never thought I'd do, or ever wanted to do, still don't want to do, but I chopped off my hair (well my mom did). Don't worry, she's a professional. Before the super short cut, we sectioned my hair into 6 sections to hand off to my girlie Kelli to begin preparing for 6 little wigs for local children that have lost their hair due to similar circumstances. Even if they can't use all of it, I'm going to believe that's where my locks went.

It's the strangest thing, I don't feel like I'm the most vain person in the world, but I will tell you, having a certain sense of yourself (at least for me) does go with your outward appearance. I didn't really recognize myself in the mirror this morning and felt sheepish when my husband first looked at me last night. This is the complete reason why I had to just bite the bullet and chop it off because I need to get good and ready for feeling like this and being confident not only with very, very short hair, but with NO HAIR. Stupid Cancer!

I texted my mom last night thanking her for doing what neither of us wanted to, but by taking the bull by the horns, so to speak. Mom helped to empower me to begin this process with us taking the lead. She apologized for taking my hair from me. I want to correct her because I don't think I can sleep at night with my wonderful, supportive, caring momma to think she ever took anything from me. She gave me strength and control. Cancer is taking this from me AND I'll get it back. I'm okay with this. I haven't shed a tear over it, and I'm not going to allow myself. Bigger things to be thinking about from this point forward...

I also need to thank my Pops while I'm at it. My dad was there for comic relief and stayed with us while we turned my long hair into what I've been calling my new "boy" cut. Thanks Dad :0) I think we reached a family consensus that if I had red hair like my brother, he and I would look like twins with my new do.

This afternoon my mom and I went to the American Cancer Society to get information and to try on wigs for when all of my hair is gone. The women there were so gracious and supportive and provided tons of information that will help not only me, but my family through this process. Thank you ACS for your generosity and support! Please remember to tell others that they offer all sorts of support, wigs, hats, scarfs, etc. free of charge for any woman going through a similar situation. I've signed up for their program "Look Good, Feel Better" on May 7th. My mom has volunteered her time with this program for 8 years and she will be hosting the class on this day. It'll be an experience neither of us will forget, and I'm so thankful she'll be with me. Love you Mom.

The new me.

16 comments:

  1. Misty, you are beautiful hair or no hair. Thank you for being so brave,sweet, and gracious through the whole haircut process. You are going to make six little girls very happy. I'm so proud of you and I love you soooooo much.

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  2. I just EEEKKKKed out loud! I love your new 'do! I think you look absolutely stunning! You are beautiful!! Love you!!! Jean-o, you did a fabulous job!

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  3. OH! And one more thing...I love the poster in the background. Hahaha! Immediately brought back Burnham Hall memories!

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  4. Misty, you are rockin the new hairdo! I would think you were beautiful wearing a paper bag on your head. I love you so much. I am so proud of your grace and dignity. :)

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  5. Misty you look truly amazing!!! I can't think of a single other woman who would look as amazing as you do with your new hairdo. :) You look so awesome it makes me want to rock a short cut too!!

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  6. Misty I love the new haircut! Your Mom did an awesome job! You look fabulous! Love you! xoxo

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  7. Hi Misty...you are beautiful inside and out which was apparent from day one ;-) I LOVE the new DO ! It brings out those beautiful eyes of yours even more. You are such an inspiration and I am so proud of the woman you are regarless of this uninvited intruder to the scene. I love you and am here for you always.

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  8. Misty Rae. I'm speechless...you look awesome and I LOVE the new "do"!!! You can rock a headband like no other with your precious hairdo!! I'm so proud of you for taking control and being so strong! Great job Jean :) XOXO

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  9. Misty!! I am SO proud of what you are doing to share your experience with others so they know they are not alone. You have always been selfless, but in the face of cancer, you still think of others. I am sure the little girls who get your hair will appreciate it more than you will ever know! The new haircut looks amazing! Your "stylist" picked the perfect cut for you! Love you tons!

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  10. Misty, you look wonderful! Taking control where you can is great, sense of humor is great, too. I know it has helped me through some tough times. I love you so much, sending that loving support with a touch of silliness attached!

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  11. Long or short hair, you are incredibly beautiful. I know lots of women who had breast cancer and have been cancer-free for DECADES! Thank you for sharing your journey and heart with us; it will help us to know how to specifically pray for you and your family.

    ~Sara

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  12. Beautiful--with the new do. Brave. Strong. Cool. Those words are you Misty....and they are the reasons we respect and love you so much.

    Miss you beyond words.

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  13. You look strong and gorgeous, cuz. You got this :)

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  14. Misty~ You are such an incredibly strong and beautiful woman to share this and I admire your courage. I love the hair!! I'll be thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

    Leann

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  15. Holy crap Misty! How is it possible to be so gorgeous with long hair AND with short hair????? You are absolutely stunning. Seriously. You are girl. Love you and miss you. Kathy

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  16. Love your new haircut Misty! You look beautiful...as always! : )

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Hi Friends, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment...I read each and every one of them and they mean so much to me. Have a fabulous day!! XO, Misty