A year ago I still had very little hair. July of 2008 is when my hair finally started to grow in. It started growing in gray and slowly started turning black, my natural hair color. As the weather is getting warmer I have been thinking about the little things that people may take for granted. Like the wind in your hair. I have the only SUV in northern Michigan without 4 wheel drive (I bought it when I lived in California, who needs 4 wheel drive when you are stuck in rush hour traffic on the 101?) but I do have my sunroof. I would take a car with a sunroof over a car with 4 wheel drive any day of the week. Why is that you ask? The wind in my hair.
When you get diagnosed with a disease like cancer, it makes you think about things you take for granted, certain things like, well hair. I am not a vain person, if you know me you know I am a jeans and tshirt kind of gal, but when you have nice shoulder length hair for most of your life and then for 8 months you don't have it, it really makes you think.
I think one of the hardest part of my cancer journey, like most women, was losing my hair. Only a select few people besides my medical team saw me without my bandanna or hat. Everytime you look in the mirror you are reminded you are sick. It makes you appreciate little things, like a kind word from a coworker, a hug from a loved one, walking in fresh snow right after a snowstorm, and the wind in your hair.
What made me think of this you ask? It is spring now in Michigan and I opened my sunroof for the first time and it reminded me of last August, when it was almost the end of summer. It was a gorgeous day out and something happened and I was surprised, I didn't even realize how much I missed it. You guessed it, my sunroof was open and I felt the wind in my hair for the first time in months. The best part about it was it felt like I was feeling the wind in my hair for the first time ever. I think of that and it makes me smile. Yes, something that was a result of cancer made me smile. I was getting better, I was done with chemo and I felt the wind in my hair.
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