The Great Shave


Have you ever wondered what you would look like with a shaved head? “Will I have a strange shaped head?”, “Will my ears look funny?”, “Will I have lots of scars on the back of my head from 7 years trying to keep a french roll in place?”…ok, maybe the last one is only relevant to me.

When I talk about treatment with people, doctors included, the topic of hair loss always comes up. Usually it is accompanied with a sympathetic tone, with which I reply (in a little too excited tone) “I know, I am going to shave my head anyway”…in which they usually smile at me, cautiously.

It is no secret that I have been excited about shaving my head – does that make me a little strange or crazy? When else, at 32, would I be able to shave my head with no regrets? I have read many comments from people who have gone through Breast Cancer treatment – the hair usually goes within 2-3 weeks after starting treatment and usually in not-so-elegent large clumps.

Now, I have never been one to wait around and let things happen to me – so why would this be any different. I made the decision that I would shave my head before I started my first round of Chemo – I didn’t want to wake up every morning and be wondering if today was the day when it would start falling out.

A few friends put their hand up for the opportunity to perform the shave. I am putting my trust in good friend, Man Cheung (he has a shaved head, that has to be a promising sign that he knows how to use clippers, right?).

To join in the spirit of the journey, I have had a few friends commit to shaving on Sunday also. There is no fundraising behind this, just a nice way to have friends involved in the process. So, if the hair is in need of a trim, or you feel like a change, shave away and share your photo on my facebook or Instagram.

Note: my mother has decided that she will colour her hair instead of shaving. I’ll allow it…


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