Sunday, December 30, 2007

It's Gone



In 2002, a co-worker that I adored was diagnosed with brain cancer. The day I was told about Mike's diagnosis, I was totally devastated. Mike had a heck of a sense of humor & the kindest of hearts. He was someone who would have a problem with being bald from all the chemo treatments & get depressed. I decided at that moment, that since I was blessed with a full head of thick, healthy hair that would always grow back, I would help someone who wasn't able to keep their hair. Someone had told me about Locks of Love, & I decided that this was the perfect way for me to help.
Mike passed away a few weeks after David & I came home from China with Erin. There was no way for me to go to his funeral with a 10 month old baby. I decided that this would be the day for me to donate my hair. I went to a local hair salon & donated 11 inches in Mike's memory. I was crying as my hair was being cut off, the hair stylist asked me if I was sure that I wanted to donate my hair. Yes. I was definitely sure.
Here we are at the end of 2007, & I was able to donate another 12 inches yesterday. David hates it when I cut off my hair. His consolation is that my hair grows quickly. He also knows how important donating my hair is & encourages me to do this.

12 comments:

Vivian M said...

I am so proud of you, and so touched. As you know, we have lost a great many relatives this year to cancer. I am growing my hair and will be donating it too. You have inspired me. As usual.

Sandra said...

Tammie, that is awesome. You are amazing.

Sending hugs to you, my friend.

Life with Starr and Spice said...

You are a wonderful and inspirational woman Tammie! That is such a wonderful thing to do.

Michelle said...

Tammie - that is awesome. I am still growning my hair...I am planning to vut mine for Tommy's birthday in October.

I am SO proud of you!

Lisa said...

I might just have to join you... I'm thinking we're about getting ready for some changes here anyway. ANd your cut looks great on you!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

You are so sweet.
Happy New year ......baldie! LOL

p.s. in answer to you question: have to bribe Lily to wear shorts or pants. She is a dress girl.Not all all like her mother!

lewister said...

That's great that you've been able to do this more than once! I'm shooting for next summer for my first time donating my hair. Just three more inches to go!

Shari McConahay said...

WTG Tammie! You are so awesome! I can't wait to see your new hair cut! I wish I could donate my hair, but found out a little too late that it can't be colored, especially not bleached blonde - uh oh!
And if you start to miss your long locks, always remember how much easier it is to take care of now, how much faster it dries, and how much good it is doing for someone else's self esteem during a very hard time. - I saw this first hand with my mom.

Rivster said...

What an amazing mitzvah!! And a wonderful role model for Erin ;)

Anonymous said...

My wife was going to donate, but I had read in the NYTimes that much of the hair is sold or tossed. I think that Locks is a scam. I'm sure glad that her hair is still long and gorgeous.

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