Everyone has been touched in one way or another by cancer – family member, friend or self. This disease does not discriminate. This disease does not play favorites. Here at XtendYourself Salon, we too, have been touched by this horrible disease. When I was in high school my first experience with cancer and it’s devastating effects was a great friend of mine, Jon. Jon had bone cancer and at that time the treatment of choice was to remove the affected limbs. Over a number of years his body was reduced by limbs until he was bed ridden. He passed so young. Since then, with research and new innovations, treatments have improved as has quality of life during treatments. Success rates have also improved greatly. My father passed in 2008 from Multiple Myloma. My longest childhood friend passed 1 year ago today from a very long multi year struggle with various types of cancers. My mother had bilateral breast cancer… three different kinds. That story of cancer also had a very positive side. Because of her I met my amazing husband. You see, he was her radiation oncologist. With his help my mother was able to go into remission, be at our wedding and even live with us for a time. She passed 2 years ago, March, but from kidney disease that she had from 2005. My friend was also a patient of my husbands’, unbeknownst to me at the time. With his help and the help of the amazing doctors and staff at Ironwood Cancer Research Centers, she was able to fight for many years longer than thought possible. She was able to be there for her first grandchilds’ birth. She saw her two oldest out of and into highschool. She was there to give her young daughter skills to take her into adulthood. My father also was a patient at Ironwood years before and we were granted 2 extra years with him longer than they predicted.
This disease of cancer touches all our lives. But good things can come from the connections we make because of it. It is in this spirit that, for the month of December, Mondays will be a day to Cut to End Cancer. Make an appointment for a haircut any Monday in December, pay what you want and 50% will go towards patient care to help people who otherwise would not be able to afford their cancer treatments, the other 50% will go towards purchasing wigs for donation to women who are living through chemotherapy and the hair loss associated with that treatment. (cash and check preferred) I will be sure to post a list of items purchased and monetary donation given. Let’s see if we can make this a bi-monthly event!
As always, if you are someone currently receiving treatment for cancer all scalp cleanings(shaving), scalp massages, wig alterations, and haircuts(if you have hair to cut) are free of charge, as is your first post treatment cut and color.
Please be sure to share this message, make an appointment to get a Cut to End Cancer, make some positive connections. Hang out, have a cup of coffee… good conversation, share some laughter. Let’s see what we can do when we do it together!!!!