When cancer happens to us it's common to feel completely out of control. For me, healing required accepting change and working through issues such as hair loss. Six months after my twenty one year old brother was diagnosed with (stage IV) cancer I was diagnosed with the same (stage II), Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer. The diagnosis came after the birth of my second child and while my husband was deployed to war.
Hair loss is the most difficult part of chemo. Of course, I knew it would eventually come back, but there is something about cancer that makes you feel vulnerable yet confident at the same time. Being bald makes you different, allows you to be whoever you want, brings out your eyes, saves money, and changes your perspective of beauty. Even if it isn't easy, it's important to love oneself.
I have scars from the battle I have faced. My body no longer resembles its former diagnosis but by sharing my images as a bald women I hope to inspire and help others reinvent themselves beyond cancer.