Monday, December 20, 2004


For many Cancer patients, dealing with the loss of hair from Chemo or Radiation can be extremely difficult. I actually looked forward to it. As the saying goes: "One man's blessing is another man's curse." I have found many good things about not having a head full of hair to deal with, and for the most part, prefer to go without a wig or hat. Lately, however, I've found that I've been wearing my wig more-not that it makes me uncomfortable to be bald....but because it makes others uncomfortable that I'm bald. Instead of looking at me and seeing "Maggie," or even "a person," they see "CANCER," and they have distanced themselves before I can even say "Hi." To be discounted because people see my sickness & are afraid-now that bothers me, especially because I know I have done the same thing. So now, when I go out-I wear a wig...but I also notice those who can't "hide" as easily as me. I make it a point to look at them, instead of the wheelchair or or the headscarf, etc...I smile & say "Hi." Sometimes that's all it takes to make their day.