Shrinking the Silence

Sharing a voice on living with rare disease

The reality of being brave — March 7, 2018

The reality of being brave

I recently saw a fundraising page for someone shaving their hair for charity. What stood out to me was the campaign logo which said “be brave & shave”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for campaigns like this that get people involved and raise money for an important cause, the problem I have is with the language used and assumptions it makes about what it’s like to lose your hair to chemo.

I’ve written before about how much I struggled with my hair falling out and as it continues to grow out I still to this day think of it as my biggest challenge to get through so far. Bravery is part of my experience but not in the way it’s sometimes depicted in fundraising campaigns.

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2017, the year of my hair! — December 27, 2017
Starting to look like a pixie — November 11, 2017
Hair goals – a braid! — October 3, 2017

Hair goals – a braid!

Last week I was so lucky and excited to stand by the side of my good friend as she got married. I was so worried about what I would be able to do with my hair as it is still very short – but the hairdresser was very nifty and managed to do a braid for me, which also matched the styles of the other bridesmaids with longer hair. Most importantly, the bride looked absolutely stunning 🙂

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10 month hair progress – a fringe! — July 25, 2017
7 months of hair growth and a bit of colour! — April 30, 2017
The overwhelming experience of losing my hair — March 19, 2017