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Hats, Scarves, & Wigs

Posted on June 27, 2008

It has been a month now that I have been without my hair. Yes, it was very traumatic losing my hair but I have moved on now. At first I thought I had to have a wig to wear to feel “normal.” But after the first week of wearing the free wig I received from a local hospital wig bank, I found it uncomfortable. It’s hot and itchy at times. Most people who don’t know me, think it is my own hair so it gave me time to adjust. In case you are in need of a wig due to cancer, you should check with your local hospitals or cancer treatment centers. They usually have free wigs and scarves that are donated to them. I have gotten some really cute scarves and do rags that people handmade or donated to these organizations for people just like us who need them. Here is one such site on the Internet who provides free hats to cancer patients. Heavenly Hats sent me a wonderful box full of brand new hats. The hats vary from knitted stocking caps to brimmed hats.
Cap Anyway most days now I just wear a pretty scarf or my favorite tan baseball hat. Even at work, I wear a baseball cap as our small office all got matching baseball caps with our logo on them to wear. My two female co-workers wanted to have matching hats so when I had to start wearing one due to my hair loss, they wanted to wear a hat too in solidarity. I was so touched. So we’ve all been wearing our hats at work and not too many people have said anything.

Several people have been emailing and posting questions, asking how I’m feeling. I’m happy to report that I am feeling fine these days. I am just gearing up for next week’s chemo. On July 3, I will have my 3rd treatment and then on July 24, I will have my final one. What a wonderful feeling it will be when I complete chemo!

So this is my latest update. I do wear my wig on special occasions when a baseball cap isn’t appropriate. But mainly I love wearing my comfortable cap. So until this pink journey is over, my non-hair style will be hats, scarves and a wig when necessary.

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14 Responses to “Hats, Scarves, & Wigs”

  1. Nicole
    Jun 27, 2008

    Wigs are fun, but yeah, in the summer heat, scarves are where it’s at. Most of the time I just wear this really old bandana that I’ve had since elementary school (my name is actually sewn into it for camp!). At home. Nothing. Just bald. šŸ™‚


  2. Millie Smith
    Jun 28, 2008

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I know my sister that passed away 10 years ago had a wig and hats, and she was so thankful for them. she looked great in them as well. Keep fighting this and remember we all love you. take care
    love your sites and all your new ideas with so many great patterns.
    Millie


  3. corri
    Jun 28, 2008

    just wanted to stop in and wish you all the luck in your journey.

    also i love your blog you must have a house full of plastic gosh.


  4. sarah
    Jun 29, 2008

    you go lady! i wish you peace and hope and prayers on your journey.


  5. craftymug
    Jun 30, 2008

    Hi, I absolutely love your website and your ideas how to use things that otherwise would be thrown in a land fill. Your purse ideas are so cute.
    Thank you for visiting my website and thank you for the friendship add on blogspot. I’ve added you too. I wish you well on the remainder of your treatments.


  6. Sue
    Jun 30, 2008

    I just couldn’t do a wig. I’m not sure why. I stuck to bandanas and when I was fianlly doen wearing them, I didn’t know what to do with all of them. I didn’t want to get rid of them for some reason, so I made a quilt. It’s somewhere in my blog. I have never made a quilt before and am sure that there was a higher power directing me on how to do it. It was completed in one week.

    We all have to do what we are comfortable doing. For the record, I used to wear bandanas when I was younger….I haven’t worn one since my hair grew back.


  7. Maria
    Jul 01, 2008

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and information. I know that this will be helpful to so many people and possibly myself. You have some great ideas and I am so impressed and in admiration of your healthy, positive attitude, and especially your strength. You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Only 3 weeks to go! Please keep us posted. I will be checking into your blog again. THANK YOU so very much for letting me read your post! šŸ™‚


  8. Trish McFarlin
    Jul 02, 2008

    I am praying that your next chemo will go well tomorrow. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am crocheting tote bags and Hobo bags like mad out of all the plastic (and used plastic tablecloths to add extra color) and having a great time! My co-worker and I have made 57 bags since February!!! We got our start from figuring out a bag I already had-crocheted for me by an dear lady in Colorado ten years ago! we call them “Coley” bags in honor of her (her first name). I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your pattern ideas. You must crochet 24 hours a day!!

    Much love and prayers always – Trish


  9. Dena
    Jul 02, 2008

    While working on my own home small business. I have gotten a part time job working on sewing, cutting fabric, and shipping for another small business in the area.

    It is called Hip Hats with Hair http://www.hatswithhair.com/ and we make many types of items for persons that have lost their hair for one reason or another. I have been making a lot of ‘Underhair’ which is a super soft skull cap with hair on the outside. You are able to wear most any type of cap or scarf with it.

    I do get paid to work there, but not to promote it. I just feel fulfilled each day when I ship hair to someone that needs it! And thought you might want to check it out!

    Either way, good luck on your Journey!
    Dena


  10. Jason
    Jul 03, 2008

    I recently found out that my aunt has cancer. She is currently living across the country in Tennessee. Her husband passed on, so she is there alone. She is trying to sell the home and move back here (Oregon). I’d love to have her back here with us.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    Jason

    ps Thanks for visiting my site. I wouldn’t have known to come here otherwise.


  11. Sharing about your coworkers made me smile. I’m sure I would be like you and unable to take the itchiness and added heat of a wig! Always thinking of you, dear one! (((((HUGS))))) sandi


  12. Heather
    Sep 10, 2008

    I will pray for you. My old manager and father in-law are both fighting cancer at the moment. I know you are going through a difficult time.

    On another note, I love your recycled bags. They are so great!

    Much love,
    Heather


  13. Rosemary Brady
    Sep 22, 2008

    As a nine year survivor of stage II breast cancer my thoughts are with you on this journey through your treatments. I know this is one of the hardest times of your life. But I am living proof that these treatments work.
    How proud you should be for keeping up with your crafts ( love your patterns !!! ) and your attitude is great.
    Life does change but I truly believe, in the end, for the better.
    My thoughts are with you and with all our sisters fighting the good fight.

    Your new friend and admirer,

    Rose


  14. You are beautiful, strong and inspiring! I salute you and thank you very much!



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