My respect for bald women
Dedicated to cancer survivors
The short amount of time I worked in oncology, I gained total respect for women going through chemo, their challenges, illness, and everything they went through to become survivors.
When a woman or man is given the diagnosis of cancer, it becomes their every thought. It becomes their everyday means to survive these dreaded diseases.
The CDC states that the top three cancers for women are:
Three leading causes of cancer death among women:
- Lung cancer
- First among white (42.6), black (40.2), Asian/Pacific Islander (17.6), and American Indian/Alaska Native (27.5) women.
- Second among Hispanic women (14.8).
- Breast cancer
- First among Hispanic women (15.7).
- Second among white (24.9), black (34.1), Asian/Pacific Islander (12.9), and American Indian/Alaska Native (13.9) women.
- Colorectal cancer
- Third among women of all racial and Hispanic origin populations (16.5).
As I watched these women come in for chemo every week, I gained a new respect for the baldheaded woman. Watching them talk about their children, husbands and life in general because after all life still goes on whether you are terminally ill or not. Life doesn't stand still because you have cancer.
Some women have fear of showing their bald heads but the majority do go bald or just cover their heads with a scarf. I see nothing wrong with a bald head myself. It shows the torture you have went through to fight your disease, it shows how brave you are to keep fighting for a cure, it gives you strength and perseverance and the ability to go through something that most would not. You are a hero, a survivor, a kindred spirit that deserves more respect then most people.
Bald men are not as noticeable as women, because a lot of men shave their heads so it really is not a big deal, but to women our hair is part of who we are. It's not enough to lose a breast or two, but then lose all your hair on top of it, spend hours being sick after chemo, taking frequent trips to the hospital for blood transfusions because of chemo and just fighting with all you have to get rid of this ghost that plagues you.
When I see a bald woman in public now, I no longer stare at her because I wonder why, I look at her and smile because I know the hell she is going through. I can totally respect a bald woman now and hope they all show it with pride.
I have learned to respect these women totally because one day it could be me. Ladies take care of yourselves and know that cancer is very prominent in our society. 1 in 7 women will get breast cancer. Take time to do a self breast exam and if anything doesn't seem right keep going to doctors until they find out what it is.