Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hair ~ Not The Musical

One of the blogs I follow is My Life In Purple. She is a great little gal, young and cute and full of spunk. We have absolutely nothing in common and yet she fascinates me. Sometimes after visiting her blog, I find myself wanting to exercise, dress better and have an appletini (if I drank which I don't but I might if it made me look like MLIP). Anyway, awhile back she started Ten Inches For The Cure. For October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, she asked women to grow their hair out to meet the donation requirements (10 inches) and then donate it on October 1st to make wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss. That got me thinking because I did that very thing three years ago to honor my little sister who has cancer. By the way, my sister Kelly does have cancer, it does not have her. She has it by the throat and is choking the life out of it day by day. Much like she does to me every time we talk. Did I say that out loud?  Anyway....


I am chopping my locks off on October 1st and donating it to Ten Inches For The Cure. When I do this, I will be thinking of and honoring five women.


The first is my sister Kelly. You remember her, the Courtney Love look-a-like. And NO.....I will not post that picture I posted HERE...and HERE...and HERE! That would be wrong so stop begging because I won't do it. But I will chop my locks off in honor of her. She is one of the bravest, toughest, most robust Swiss women I know....and I know a few robust Swiss women, believe you me!


That's Kelly in the orange. She hates this picture because she is sitting in a wheelchair. She worries about what people will think. Ummm....they'll think we all look really stupid taking a picture with a fake talking donkey? By the way, why is my boob in your ear? Just wondering....


Anyway....the next two people I am doing this in honor of are Silver Strands and her mother. Both these women are amazing. Both inspire me. Both make me yearn to be a better person. Seriously. Denalee's mother was diagnosed with cancer. Being her only child with silver hair, Denalee decided to shave her head and donate her silver strands to make a wig for her mother to wear until mom's own silver strands grew back. Like I said....amazing! So, I am donating my own strands not yet silver in honor of these two beautiful women.


Confession....I may be a bit jealous that SOME women look good with or without hair. I'm not naming names....just saying.....


Finally, I am chopping my brownielocks off to honor my daughter-in-law Amy and her sister Katherine. A year ago in August, their mother and my friend Ellen lost her battle to breast cancer. This year, Amy and Katherine did the 3 day Susan G Komen walk in honor of their mother. That's right, Amy and Katherine walked 60 miles in 3 days in memory of their mother and to raise money for a cure. I could not be prouder of you girls. It still makes me tear up.


Amy and Katherine. How did I get so lucky to have these girls in my life?


So, there it is. The plan. The reason. Oh.....here are the before pictures.





Sing with me!!!

Gimme a head with hair


Long beautiful hair

Shining, gleaming,

Streaming, flaxen, waxen






Give me down to there hair

Shoulder length or longer

Here baby, there mama

Everywhere daddy daddy
Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair

Flow it, show it

Long as God can grow it

My hair



26 comments:

Glen said...

It's a great cause and in memory of really important people for you - hair grows back, well done you :-) Well I say hair grows back - mine hasn't, not on my head anyway. My nostrils appear to have a different view about this...

J.J. in L.A. said...

I'm in a wheelchair and I don't give a sh!t what other people think...and you can tell Kelly that! ; )

Congrats on donating your hair and your d-i-l's and her sister's walk!

And why is your boob in Kelly's ear???

Blasé said...

Gracious gesture on your part, I do believe.

But, keep it long enough so you can pull it back...you look sexy that way. Just sayin'

p.s.- According to JJ..I didn't realize that your boob is in Kelly's ear. It's not like me to miss something like that...

Brian Miller said...

smiles. cancer has touched my family greatly...thank you greatly for your sacrifice...it will grow back as the hope is with all those affected...

My Life in Purple said...

Appletini?! Yuck, give me a Razztini any day, thank you :P

What we have in common is being our own version of fabulous!

You're an absolutely amazing woman for donating along side me. Can't wait for the big cut, and the big reveal :)

TechnoBabe said...

You always amaze me. I wanna be more like you. I can't do the hair thing because I keep my hair very very short for the past year. But I can be with you in spirit. My mother has survived cancer three times and she is 89 now. I think you will be stylin' with your new hair cut and your will be radiating the love with your reason for the hair cut.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I so wish my hair even grew to ten inches I'd be right there with ya! Such a great cause and so special to do.

The Good Cook said...

Cancer has touched my family as well. You are a kind and generous woman.

John and Amy said...

I'm going to say this...ONE...MORE...TIME...if you don't STOP making me cry before 9 o'clock in the morning, I'm...I'm....alright, I won't do anything...because I couldn't imagine my life without you :)

Two Shades of Pink said...

You never cease to amaze me.

Delirious said...

My daughter recently donated her hair. She misses it, but I think her new hair cut looks darling. :)

Oklahoma Granny said...

What a wonderful thing to do! My hair grows so slowly it would take me forever to grow it to 10 inches. So glad there are others with hair that grows quickly. What a blessing the hair-growers and the hair-receivers of the shorn locks will receive. Blessings to you today.

Silver Strands said...

YOU are amazing Marla!!!!! We've got to meet sometime. Really.

And here's my question ... where did you get the ability to make me laugh and cry at the same time? It happens nearly every time I read your posts. (Your FB comments, on the other hand, just make me laugh).

Thank you for honoring my mother (ok, and me ... ) I'll pass this on in an email to her.

Lots of love to you, and throwing in some courage for the haircut day ....
oxoxox
Denalee

Silver Strands said...

... one more thing: I LOVE that she's got cancer, cancer doesn't have her! Gonna share that one over and over.

Monkey Man said...

Great cause. Kudos to you for the small sacrifice. It's like giving blood...you can do it over and over again. As a cancer survivor - 2-1/2 year post chemo and 3 years post diagnosis - I thank you.

Mama Zen said...

This is a tremendously generous thing to do!

Kfred said...

As a man, I don't have the ability to add 10 inches of hair (well, I could, but come on, I wouldn't have a job). I do, however, have a spare 10 lbs. I'm willing to give up. Where can I send them?

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that is so awesome - that is amazine! i read silver strands as well. my hair just doesn't grow well enough for me to even consider that. i walked in the "overnight" cancer relay for life this summer in honor of my sister, who passed away in 2001 from cancer, and a friend of ron's, who died at 1999.

Marilyn said...

Your hair is beautiful. I have made a challenge for myself that started in November of last year...to let it all grow naturally gray, at 43 I stopped dying my hair. I am not going to fear the change and though I a whistfully watching the transformation and not masking it with dyes...I decided to be accepting of the change and be boldly confident about not caring about it. I am glad you saw a need and acted with your heart and not your vanity...BEAUTIFUL!!

gayle said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing!!

Nicole said...

How will Kelly call you Pocahontas now my friend?!

Amazing, thoughtful girl you are...

xoxo N

Sarah said...

You have beautiful hair, and it will grow back in no time, but that's not what makes you the beautiful person you are. Well maybe it's part of it.

Kelly said...

Yippee! Can't wait for Oct. 1st when you bless the children with your beautiful locks of love. Mom always liked your hair short...signed, the witty sister. Love you! XOXOXO!

Adoption of Jane said...

That is awesome! I love the part where you said "my sister Kelly does have cancer, it does not have her"... I think I may borrow that and make it my new slogan for my son.. changing cancer to autism of course!

Joanna Jenkins said...

YOU. ARE. TOTALLY. AWESOME!
I admire you so much for participating in this.
High five.
xo jj

My Life in Purple said...

ARE YOU READY!!!!!!?