Less than a month ago, I have decided to shave my head for my Mother, Barbara who has been battling Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma (lung cancer). In February of 2013, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarinoma. We caught it way too late and who would have thought time would fly right by us and we would experience all the drastic changes and see my mother suffer day by day. God is good though! We still have my mother with us today. Doctors on Guam and in the Philippines have told us that she should have been gone a long time ago and that prayers are keeping her alive.
After countless, radiation treatments and weeks of chemotherapy, Mom’s hair was finally starting to fall out and it was visible. My mother has always been a quiet, gentle and warm hearted woman who was full of grace and never left the house without looking presentable. She lost her vision completely around May of this year and just seeing Mom go through all the physical changes and suffering made me feel so helpless. I finally shaved my head on October 25 and when I came home, I held her hand and ran it over my head to feel it – “Cassie, I can’t believe you did it!” She finally gave in and allowed me to shave her head and what hair was left. She looks gorgeous!
We have always heard the term "Bald is Beautiful" right? The minute I shaved my head at the Salon and the way people just sighed at me and told me how beautiful I looked with and without hair - not only made me feel even more beautiful but made me feel like I have done some good in this world by supporting my mother and all women and children who have no choice but to be bald!
Few days later, I came across a beautiful little girl's photo on Instagram while browsing and fell in love with her. Maddison Chin was diagnosed with Alopecia (a term I was never familiar with). I commented on her photo, began to follow her and her Mother, Danielle Chin and I have exchanged emails, messages and photos since. My intention of shaving my head was to shave it ONCE and grow it out. After seeing Maddison’s photo, I decided to shave it again for her and stick to being bald for all women and children. Not only has being bald made me an even better person but it has also allowed me to see past all the physical traits of a person and see realize what true beauty really is. The decision to shave my head has brought so much love, peace and happiness in my heart - not to mention new friends and pure, genuine and beautiful people in my life.
The society we live in is very judgmental and if we are being honest with ourselves, we all know it can be a cruel world out there. I understand how afraid or insecure young children, teenagers and even grown women are afraid to step out in public with no hair! I was afraid to do so too. You have to remember this small trick: Hair really is just an accessory. You see how there are beautiful people with their long healthy locks but their personality or attitude just sucks? Well there you go! Someone can be physically beautiful on the outside but their personality and morals makes them ugly. TRUE BEAUTY lies beneath all that and comes from the heart and soul. Most women and children, who are bald, are bold, beautiful and brave inside and out. Very few of us can rock our shaved heads and get it away with it – we are admired by many if not all, to be bald and be comfortable in our own skin. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. God bless you all: Men, Women and children who support the Bald Movement and Nell Coleman for founding this movement. God is not sleeping and blessings will be brought to you and your families today and always.