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Going, Going…Gone

Second HaircutPhotographing the progression of haircuts and hair loss associated with chemotherapy seemed like a good idea in theory, but the actual posting of it for the world to see has been quite another thing.  Taking photos of the cuts has involved taking photos of me, and it seems I must have forgotten what I looked like, because some of these photos have been quite a shock to the system. 

My daughter was a little shaken up by the experience too.  Being the sweet gal she is she hoped to lessen the blow of losing my hair by giving me a series of haircuts that worked up to the final shave.  She found nice styles and printed pictures for inspiration.  One slight problem arose by the end of the process.  Those pretty young models hadn’t lost a third of their hair.  Wads of hair weren’t falling out when the stylist was working on their cuts. 

The task of making something beautiful out of the mess that my hair had become was a bit daunting.  My husband came home Saturday afternoon to find my stylist struggling to make my hair look something like the inspiration pictures and fighting back tears over the futility of it.   Midway through the process it became apparent that this wasn’t working out to be quite the look she was hoping to achieve for me.  I believe her expectations for herself were a bit unreasonable.  My less than impressive hairstyle wasn’t the result of operator error, it was failure of the raw materials she was working with. 

So in the spirit of finishing what we started, here are some photos.  You won’t see the much of the shortest-thinnest-worst part.  My stylist/photographer couldn’t bring herself to give you the full back view.  Just a few glimpses will have to do.  Believe me, what you see here is a lot better than what’s left now.

Haircut Two in Black and White

Getting Another Haircut

It is pretty challenging to give a good cut when the hair comes out in your hands as you pull on it!


A Peek at the Back

Haircut Three

 By Sunday it seemed like a good idea to try to contain the mess a bit, so an old necktie with a brooch to pin it in place made a good head wrap.

Necktie Wrap

Despite some tears along the way, it was actually a liberating experience, an opportunity to take a chance and try something new.  Fun in a weird kind of way.

If you are going on a rough journey it is sure great to have a travelling companion that loves you and helps with the baggage.  Thanks daughter for journeying with me.

Suitcase and Scissors


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    Never saw you as pretty as you were last week…life just becomes you, whatever it brings.

  3. Posted 17 Jun ’11 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    You are so lovely and so is Jessalyn! I am so glad that she is your companion in this journey. What a comfort! I love you both.

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    Beauty is all I see, both in words and in smile!! Thinking about you 3 all week, meant to run by today and then remembered you were in Lubbock. Thank you for sharing with us this journey. Love to you!

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    Posted 17 Jun ’11 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Simple beauty….You and Jess share a very special kind of heart….praying always for all of you on this “unchosen” journey…

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    Posted 18 Jun ’11 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    precious. thanks for giving us the raw, “here’s the truth” version. your pictures are beautiful, and i am really glad you and jess are getting to bond some more even through this (as Sabra…up above…called it) “unchosen” journey. love you!

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    Only you could make an old necktie or an “unchosen journey” look so good. I thank God for the gift of you.

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