Being Bald Isn't The End Of The World

Being Bald Isn't The End Of The World

Hair can be a defining characteristic in your life, but it isn't everything.

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I had hair, then I didn't, and I turned out alright. Well, sort of.

As teenagers, young adults and even people as old as my parents, hair can be a defining characteristic in your life, something that showcases particular pieces that make-up you.


For example, you could be wearing a bow because its game day and cheerleaders have to represent or maybe you died part of your hair blue to match your school's colors or even something as simple as wearing your hair in a ponytail, which could mean that you have track practice after classes.

My point is, hair can show people parts of you without you having to tell them.

I used to, and still do, wear my hair in a bun, which wasn't exactly by choice, more so that my hair is too thick for it to go in a simple ponytail. It showcased my mixed hair problems.

I remember the day my hair started falling out in the shower very vividly; I cried a bit and I'm pretty sure I yelled for my mom. That night I decided that I didn't want to see my hair fall out so a family friend who works at a barbershop came over and shaved my head.


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For a while, it was odd because I had gone from having ten layers of hair to nothing at all. My head got cold quite easily during the Winter months and in the middle of summer, I had to put sunscreen on my head when we were at the beach. Now, I personally, try my best not to use sunscreen, so this was a huge change.

I honestly think the hardest part about going bald was hearing other people complain about their hair or how expensive it was to dye it. The first day it bothered me was when a group of girls was talking about something and it changed to a conversation about hair. Mind you, later that week I started treatment. It just hit me hard and I thought about it all night. I know they didn't mean to cause me any sadness, but it did.


Other than that, I was honestly happy with short hair. I didn't have to brush out a bird's nest or cut out knots, it was simple.

Now, maybe your hair is important to you, but if you lose your hair, you'll get through it. Plus you could get a cool looking wig in all different colors and textures.

If you do end up bald at some point in your life, stay calm, it will probably grow back eventually.

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INSPIRATIONAL CANCER QUOTES

Encouragement
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Use them, share them with your friends and loved ones, and pass them along to anyone you know who may need a helping hand during a hard time.

  • “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa
  • “Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” – John Diamon
  • “Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.” – Ingrid Bergman
  • “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin
  • “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
  • “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.” –Jennifer Aniston
  • “Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy.” – Felicia Hemans
  • “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Scars are tattoos with better stories.” – Anonymous
  • “What does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” – Jim Valvano
  • “You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.” – Dave Pelzer
  • "Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” – gotCancer.org
  • “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” – Cayla Mills
  • “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” – Anonymous
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
  • “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott
  • “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Hope is the physician of each misery.” – Irish Proverb
  • “We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” – Anonymous
  • “Optimism is the foundation of courage.” – Nicholas Murray Butler“There is no hope mingled with fear, no fear mingled with hope." – Baruch Spinoza

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3 Realizations Forced Upon Me By My Father's Cancer Diagnosis

When my father was diagnosed, family became so much more important.

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My father was recently diagnosed with cancer, curable thankfully. The whole diagnosis process has made me realize certain things about myself and about society. I realized that nothing in this world is guaranteed, no matter how much we think our parents will always be there to catch us when we fall. I realized that the American healthcare system is a web that no one wants to be caught in, especially a patient who has enough worries. Lastly, I realized the power of family and what it means to have people by your side.

1. My father is a mortal being

It sounds pretty dumb, but children never think that their parents are ever going to get hurt. Why would they? Parents are these invincible superheroes who protect us. Though my father's form of cancer is curable, I was brought to tears thinking about my father as fragile and scared. It comes as a shock that one day our parents will feel pain, and won't be stronger than us. The thought of a parent's mortality makes one feel so lonely and vulnerable, that your mind drifts to accomplishing milestones with none of your loved ones by your side. This led me to cherish the time I have with everyone, not just my dad.

Up until now, I had taken all of my friends and family for granted. I took for granted that they were always there and always cared. Once time is gone, it's gone, and that is the essence of mortality. We are all mortal, though it's hard to remember as a college student joyriding through new experiences. Love your parents and take care of them. Trust me.

2. Having cancer is so much more than just the illness... it's also dealing with American healthcare

The American healthcare system is truly a business that profits off the ill, and showcases the dark side of capitalism. Good health and survival are bought by the rich, and those fortunate to have enough sufficient insurance. An example of this is insulin. Insulin worldwide is the most expensive in the United States. Other countries are able to sell it anywhere from ten to twenty dollars, but America sells it for $140. While my family is fortunate, I think about most people who don't have insurance or are below middle-class. American healthcare is a system of payments that just reminds oneself of the financial toll of being ill. When doctors prescribe a medication, and a pharmacy notifies you that your insurance doesn't cover it, the patient is dragged in circles communicating between doctors, pharmacies, and insurance companies.

This stress is something no patient should have to deal with, but that's the reality of American healthcare: chaos with no real answers.

3. Treatment at home is all about support

When my father was diagnosed, family became so much more important. When you have people to support you emotionally, cancer seems so much more approachable. The "We're all in this together" mentality takes tons off the shoulders and creates an environment conducive to healing. To those of you supporting someone who's ill, you need your support system too. By taking care of yourself, you are able to take care of your loved one. Remember that you need to be strong so that people can depend on you, and that begins with having a few friends to keep you smiling and laughing. People that love and support us is what we need at the end of the day.

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