Monday, September 14, 2015

That One Time I Chopped My Hair & Donated It!

The month of September happens to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year.  Approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis can turn the lives of the entire family upside down. Over five years ago, my beautiful niece was diagnosed with Lymphoma. It took our entire family by surprise. Unfortunately she passed away almost three years ago.  Her death was very devastating and left us heart broken.  Even through all her treatment though, she still had such a great spirit and never let her faith be tested.  Marlene was such a wonderful person inside and out; I miss her everyday. 


Prior to her death, I made her a promise that I would donate my hair.  Well that was three years ago, and last Friday I finally kept my promise.  It was such an emotional day coming. All last week, all I could think about was how much I wanted Marlene here to see this. The last three years I have been a better person because of her. I got closer to God. I ran in honor of her. I finished my first triathlon in her name. And most importantly I learned to appreciate every day because of her. She taught me to love unconditionally and to never loose faith.




I knew I would cry as my hairstylist made the cut. I knew they were good tears though. Even though she wasn't physically there with me, I knew she was there spiritually. Three years of growing my hair...and poof! The 11inch braid was gone. Immediately I just smiled.  I kept my promise and it felt so good. Now the fun was about to begin...the new me!


My hairstylist happened to be my old high school friend. Actually we've know each other since middle school! I pretty much let her do whatever she wanted. Since my hair was pretty much virgin hair again, the new color took beautifully. I was amazed at how different I looked. Honestly I loved it the second I saw it. I think it's crazy that just a haircut and color can completely transition the way a person looks. I felt like a new me! 




Donating my hair was such a great experience. If you ever have the opportunity to do so, then I would highly recommend. My hair is being donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I am happy to make someone's life a little better with a new wig. Cancer is a horrible disease, but if there is something I can do to brighten a cancer patient's day then I will do just that. I just want to continue making Marlene proud. 



HAVE YOU EVER DONATED YOUR HAIR?
HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?



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10 comments:

  1. I used to always have long hair, then when I got older it got thinner, so couldn't donate...but I really admire those who do! Your haircut is super cute and suits you..adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I am having such a great time with it. :)

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  2. Yay for Pantene Beautiful Lengths! I'm in the process of growing out my hair right now too! It's already pretty long, but will probably take a while because I'd like it to still be long when I graduate. :P

    Your new haircut is super cute! :]

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  3. What a beautiful girl your niece was. I love that your donated your hair- such a great cause.

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    1. She was such an amazing person inside and out. Thanks Jess!

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  4. Your new haircut looks great! Growing it out for 3 years is pretty impressive, way to stick it out for a good cause.

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    1. Towards the end, it was getting tough. So many times I just wanted to die it and add some color, but the end result was worth the wait.

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  5. I always donate my hair. I want to get it colored, but then I cannot donate it. I know she is smiling down saying thank you and is very proud of you. We all are. You are beautiful..
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    1. That is so sweet of you to say Heather. Thank you :)

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