Judi Wallace was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2008 and was re-diagnosed in 2012. Now through her second round of chemotherapy, she shares another part of her journey.
My hair is now noticeable. I’ve gone from my husband calling me his Bald Beauty to his Fuzzy and Fantastic. It seems now everyone has a harder time keeping his or her hands off my head, as it is so soft!
During my journey, there are many ups, a few downs, and a lot of “firsts.” I’m now at the stage where the “firsts” are coming to an end! And as always, laughter helps me cope with my journey.
I was quite excited a couple of weeks ago when I went grocery shopping. The lady in front of me at the checkout kept turning around and looking at me. Finally she said, “I love your haircut. I’ve always wanted to get one like that.” I mumbled, “Thank you” because I wasn’t sure if she said haircut. When I got up to the clerk, he looked at me and said, “Did she say haircut?” We both laughed and I told him it’s not a haircut that I would wish on anyone! However, I was very excited that someone thought I had a haircut!
This week will be another first for me. My husband and I went shopping for a new bathing suit that would complement my “new figure.” We found only one at Fashion Foundations and luckily it fit. Most women’s bathing suits have either built in padding or extra material for breasts to fit in. We managed to find one that did not emphasize the bust! This week will be my first time going in public in my new bathing suit. It is one thing to have people stare at your bald head but I’m really hoping the venture out in the new suit will be uneventful. I’m again very lucky because my family will go with me and I always feel more confident when loved ones surround me.
The journey has had many ups and downs as well as “firsts.” Now that I am through my surgery and treatments, the “firsts” are coming to an end. In another month or so, my hair will be long enough that people won’t question whether it is a haircut or not. I’m looking forward to finding my new normal, my new hair and, even my new bathing suit!