Friday, October 23, 2009
A little color can change your perspective
I am not much into fashion. If you know me you know that, usually you will see me in jeans and a t-shirt, probably of a sports team (Red Wings, LA Kings, Red Sox, Tigers, U of M football, you get the drift) I have been thinking about what to post, since my last blog was a repost from when I was deep in treatment, so I thought I would write something new.
The picture above is from when I got my hair colored at Trillium Salon. I was going to another salon in town, (god, from me that sounds so pretentious doesn't it?) but I met the owner Ruthi at a local event in June. Ruthi is a cancer survivor like me. She survived breast cancer and created a program called Beautiful Survivor at her salon. Patients and survivors of any kind of cancer can come to Trillium and get manicures, pedicures, a massage hair cut and color & wigs, all free of charge.
Cancer and chemo changes everything about you. The way you look, the way you feel, everything. Its not something you can explain to anyone who hasn't gone through it. To the outsider, to your friends, you look the same, act the same, but you are not. You want to get back to some kind of normalcy, if that is at all possible, try to get back to the normalcy you had before. Like your hair for example, like I said before, I am not much into fashion, you wont see me try out the latest 'do from Hollywood, but losing your hair and having it grow back grey reminded me of what I went through every day. Believe me I am grateful for my health and the fact that my cancer was caught early, and I am not vain at all, but my hair growing back in was a reminder of cancer, chemo, feeling fatigued, feeling crappy and all the things associated with cancer and the napalm that was injected into my veins to save my life. Thank goodness for Ruthi. Not only did I get an awesome massage, I got my hair colored, which honestly, I didn't think would make a difference. I felt and looked alot like my old self. My friends could tell the difference, my co workers could tell the difference, and my fiance could tell the difference.
Who would have thought that a little color could change your perspective? Not me. I guess I was wrong.