I almost forgot! I have been meaning to mention this for a long long long time and wasn’t reminded of it until I went to visit the Oncology Clinic to drop off some scarves today at The Haven for The Pom Pom Project.
For some of us, in preparation for chemotherapy, hair loss is a fact of treatment but shouldn’t be as important in the grander scheme of curing. The idea that it does grow back and quickly for that matter, often provides most BC patients a sense of security to move past the issue.
However, when a woman is diagnosed with Breast Cancer and faced with chemotherapy as an option for treatment, hair loss is inevitable and can be devastating. It is a shock, don’t get me wrong, being bald is not easy. Especially the day after it all falls out. Waking up and possibly thinking it was all a bad dream is deflating and sometimes harder to face than the initial loss itself only because it is a stern reminder that you do in fact have cancer.
There is a silver lining though that may offer some comfort to cancer patients and sound strange at the same time. It’s hair donation. Let’s face it, if it is going to fall out then why not do a good deed and give another person a chance to smile and feel normal, like a child for instance, suffering from (let’s say) Alopecia other than cancer treatments. There are a few charitable organisations that collect and organise the making of special wigs for medical hair loss just for children – isn’t that wonderful?!!!!
One such organisation, based in the UK, is the Little Princess Trust. They are able to accept hair donations from anyone wishing their hair to be used to help children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment and other causes. Their requirements are minimal, just have at least 10 -12″ of clean, good condition hair – that is it! How easy is that? For more information call 0845 094 4509 or visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk or send with note to Little Princess Trust, c/o Trendco Sheridan House, 114 / 116 Western Road , Hove, BN3 1DD
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Another organisation for hair donation within the United States of America is Locks Of Love at (561) 833-7332 or visit www.locksoflove.org. Again, minimal requirements apply. Hair must be least 10 inches in length, clean, and kept in a ponytail. No bleached or swept off floor hair. LOCKS OF LOVE, 234 Southern Blvd. , West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701.
And everyone is welcome to send in any NEW organisations or ideas that we need to know about related to this subject to me, Alex, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and reading! Feel free to click on the links inside the story, especially Emily’s – she’s an adorable little girl!