Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bald is beautiful!

Bald is beautiful! Or so they say... Dr. W at CHOP even told me that hair is overrated. Easy for him to say though because he is completely bald :o).  But hair loss is never easy. Even at the age of ten, losing my hair was the most traumatic part of my cancer diagnosis. And when you think about it, hair is such a big part of your identity. Just think of how your mood is affected when you're having a bad hair day. But the proof is in these pictures:

Same person!
Charlize Theron on a good hair day... and on a very bad hair day (for the movie Monster).

My little sister, who was four when i was first sick, had to draw a picture of her family for preschool. I was so upset when i saw the picture: she drew me with one single hair on my head. Because i actually had more like two :o).  Well...  i did have a few straggly strands of hair, and i would do what i call a chemo comb over. I would then put a hat on... and think those strands fooled everyone! suckas :o)
little lisa lollipop's chemo comb over 1985
I remember running my fingers thru my hair when i was ten,  and i ended up with a huge hairball in my hand. So... when i started chemo again at 19, i was afraid to touch, comb, and wash my hair... for fear of it falling out. Big mistake!...  My hair became so matted... it ended up looking like a beehive hairdo.  And it was pulling on my scalp and hurting so bad...  i begged my older sisters to cut it off.
Big Bon-Bon & Li'l Haf.  Peace out, hair!

Now... I'm not looking forward to going bald this time either, but with the seriousness of this diagnosis, it isn't that big of a deal.  My good friend Bonnie even hosted a 'Going Away Hair' Party for me the other day.  If anyone can make a bad situation funny, it's my CHOP coworkers.  And laughing is always better than crying.  I just wish i could pull off the bald look like all the cuties at the hospital, but these chubby cheeks of mine and a bald head just don't mesh.  Oh well... why stress about something you can't control.  Auf Wiedersehen, Hair!

lots of love... little lisa lollipop


  1. Hi Lisa,
    I posted a big long comment a few days ago to you, but I don't see it anywhere! :( Of course it would be helpful if I knew where I posted it! Ha. We were so stunned to hear of your latest news. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Always.
    Thanks so much for the sweet pics and chocolates that you sent to Carly. That was very thoughtful of you. We were talking about how you helped me fish Carly out of the shower after she fainted that time. I'm sure you remember that one! You were so great handling that crazy situation! We laugh about it now, but it wasn't that funny then!
    Congratulations also on your engagement! That's exciting. You are such a positive person and so strong. We loved having you as one of Carly's onco nurses. You are a great nurse! Thank you for writing this blog too. You are too funny with some of the things that you write.
    Thinking of you.
    xoxo Suzanne, Bob, Carly, Robert, and Ryan

  2. I check on you daily through the Blog. I remember Dr. W. telling me the same thing about hair being overrated...... easy for him to say! :) I remember when the hair started falling out, I wanted it to be in my control, so I shaved it all off. I wasn't going to let the chemo dictate that one.... it was a great feeling. I say you just buzz it now. Easier than dealing with the clumps and comb over.

    Hang in there girl. Stay positive. Stay strong.
    Thinking about you and praying for you!

    1. Thanks Lisa. Dr W is a character, alright. You are a lot braver than I am. I don't think I could do that.

  3. I think your chubby cheeks will look as adorable with hair as without :)
    PS is that a cooky puss cake in that pic :D

  4. What is beautiful, is who you are. The you that makes you the incredible soul that always shines!

  5. Thinking of you, Lisa.

    Frank Baldino

  6. Beauty comes from within. It is the person you are and not about the amount of hair. Bald is beautiful. ;-)

  7. humans are beautiful for his soul and aura around them, to me you are a wonderful human being that life will simply change the hairstyle, my best vibes in harmony with everything around you is so. hugs and kisses