Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tata to the Tresses

I did it! Last night, surrounded by some of the most amazing friends and family, I shaved off my hair so that it can be donated to Locks of Love before it would be too late since my chemo-induced hair loss had begun several days ago. The timing turned out to be perfect because yesterday morning I woke up and had a handful of hair just from gently running my hands through it. We made a fun night of it as we gathered on my patio, enjoyed some good eats and wine, and my hair stylist, Kristen, prepared my hair for donation by putting it in several ponytails to ensure we got as much length as possible ready for submission. Here I am, with my son Cooper, once the ponytails were in place.

Then, it was time to say tata to the tresses (thank you, Sue, for the great catch phrase!). Using an electric trimmer, each ponytail was removed and then a quick once over to try to attempt to even out the remaining stubble (can you say GI Jane!? LOL). Sometimes it tickled and felt so weird as the hair was buzzed off that I couldn't help but laugh. It looks like I'm in pain in this next picture, but I wasn't - just reacting to the very strange and tickly feeling of the hair trimmer getting so close to my scalp.

Then, all that was remaining were bangs... ...yeah, not a look I was ready to sport...so off they came... And here I am with my little layer of peach fuzz. I was prepared to take a straight razor and shave it completely but my friends and family suggested I keep it this way for a short while to see if I even need to (it might just fall out on its own). But after one night of sleeping with the fuzz I'm pretty sure we'll be shaving it this weekend because it feels very strange and annoying when I turn my head while my head is resting on my pillow.

I was worried that Cooper, my 13 month old son, would be afraid of me without any hair but it turns out there was no reason to worry because he thinks it is absolutely hilarious. He looks at me, smiles, points at my head and when I bend down for him to touch it, he rubs my head and giggles almost uncontrollably! It's hilarious. We'll try to get that on video. Speaking of video...we taped the shaving but I haven't had time to upload any clips but we'll work on that and post it as soon as we can.

Once my hair was gone, I modeled the hats, wigs, silly hair pieces and scarves that I've begun to collect in preparation for this. Here's one of my favorite pictures of the evening - me and my dad modeling our Harley Davidson skull caps :)

I have several months of treatment ahead of me so there will be plenty more pictures of me with my bald "dome" (as someone recently called it) and it will be interesting to see what happens with my eyebrows and lashes. Til then, I'll enjoy still having them. Thank you, to everyone who joined me on this special and important night. Your presence, your support and encouragement helped me get through what could have otherwise been a traumatic part of my cancer ass kicking process, and instead helped to make it a fun event. And, thank you to those that wish they could have been there but were unable to be - I know you were there in spirit and wishing me well and that means the world to me.

15 comments:

  1. you look absolutely beautiful!!! you are definitely blessed with a gorgeous face that pulls off the shaved look flawlessly. enjoy your new 'do!

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  2. You are absolutely gorgeous!! I agree with the PP that you totally pull that look off! Julie rocks! 8)

    Carrie & Drake from iV

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  3. PS: I was so stunned by your beauty, I almost forgot to say: That is awesome about donating to Locks of Love! Also, I'm so glad to know you had such a great time at your cancer ass-kicking party!

    Carrie

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  4. Kristy ~ Addie Shea's MamaJuly 30, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Thank you so much for being my friend...you make me a better person with your awe inspiring ways. xoxo

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  5. You look so great! I love all of your new options too!

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  6. Julie - as much as loved that gorgeous red hair of yours - the beauty was always in your face.
    You are amazing. I can't imagine having a group of people with me to do this - but you know how (and work hard) to make the best of a situation.
    I am glad Cooper doesn't mind lol - now Mommy looks like him!
    And the picture with Dad - priceless.

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  7. Wow, beautiful and brave. Sharing the bald pics already! My sons are 11 and 14 and they love rubbing my bald head. Take care...

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  8. You look great! And I'm not just saying that... you can totally pull off that look!

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  9. Stacie - Violet's Mommy from July PlaygroupJuly 31, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    You have always been a beautiful woman. It wasn't your hair that made you stunning...you have a spirit which shines and illuminates everything you touch! Congratulations on meeting this next step in your treatment with pride. Live Strong, Julie! :)

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  10. You truly, truly have a beautiful face! I was thinking about you on Wednesday night and I'm glad you were at peace with all this--you said you even had fun! You're amazing.

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  11. Hi, Julie! This is the first time I've had a moment to really catch up on your blog. I have been thinking about you and now to read and see what a wonderful attitude and spirit you have, warms my heart. I can't imagine what you're going through. I just know what my Mom went through with her battle with breast cancer and my struggles as a caretaker. You are amazing and they say that attitude and determination are key in complete recovery. I miss seeing and talking to you. So much is happening right now in my role, but we'll chat later about this. Please just know that you are always in my daily prayers for continued strength and healing. BIG hug to you!

    Love, Peggy Brizuela

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  12. What a wonderful smile! You look marvelous.

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  13. I knew you would still look amazing...with or without hair!!! Wish I could have joined the party. It looks like it was a lot of fun. I love the pic of you and your dad in the Harley skull caps!!! Sending lots of love!

    XOXO Gilly :)

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  14. Julie,
    Hair or no hair, you're still one gorgeous lady! Praying for you and thinking about you from the east coast...

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  15. You're amazing and an inspiration!

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