Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adieu long hair!

First some background info: kids with Down syndrome have up to a 20 times greater chance of childhood leukemia than typical children. However they are also more likely to respond successfully to treatment than typical children. I know several online acquaintances and a couple real-life friends whose children have endured this additional diagnosis. I read their blog posts and see the photo's they post on various discussion boards. Through chemo and radiation and even after the loss of their hair, still these children smile. It is truly touching. So when I heard a local salon was holding a Cut-a-thon for Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from medical hair loss, I signed up. Why not, I thought? My hair will grow back and what a great way to contribute to a fantastic cause.


Here are the before and after pictures of my hair from behind:








This was a really big deal for me. My mother is a hairdresser so no one else has ever cut my hair before and this was no mere trim. Here is the actual cutting off of the long ponytail donation as I ponder for a brief moment sprinting to the parking lot:

And here are the after photo's. It'll take some getting used to and I can say that the last 2 days I have not been able to get it to look like it did when I left the salon as I own NO hair product. A crazy realization considering my mother's occupation. But with long hair, I'd let it air dry and pull it up most days, no maintenance involved. Yesterday I woke up with my hair sticking out in every direction so those days are over. I can't shake the feeling that there is a bug on the back of my neck when the new short ends hit it. And I keep brushing my shoulder blades where my ghost hair feels like it should be. Then there's Caden's reaction as he keeps looking over my shoulder for the rest of my hair. But I'm sure we'll adjust soon. I just keep thinking about a child somewhere with no hair waiting on my wig and have no regrets whatsoever. And so, long hair that I've had for a decade, I bid you farewell and hope you bring much happiness to your new owner.









8 comments:

rebecca said...

I love your new "do". It looks great.

Kristi Mantoni said...

Very Victoria Beckum! Nice!! How long does the hair have to be again?

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

It looks GREAT! I love it! Locks of Love is a fabulous organization. It's so cool you were able to help out.

Mommaof5specialkids said...

What a wonderful thing to do, Jessica, and I LOVE your new hairstyle! You look beautiful, as always!

Richard said...

Excellent haircut. The new shorter really hair suits you. Very flattering to your pretty face.

Kevin and Natali McKee said...

I am sorry I have come to your blog and don't know you. I have been searching "Misshaped bladder" and it brought me here when you were talking about ultrasound diagnoses. My daughter has some rare medical problems and the Doctor has no insight and has nothing to say so I am trying to search on my own. Does your son still have a misshaped bladder? My email is
nanners454@yahoo.com
Thank You

Dawn said...

Love your new hairstyle Jessica!
Beautiful :)

Jessica said...

Thanks everyone! I'm still getting used to it (and so is Caden) but it should be a fun 'do.

Kristi, Locks of Love requires a minimum of 10 inches. There is another organization called Beautiful Lengths I think and they only require 9 inches. They make hairpieces for adults where Locks is for children.