Good Works: Cancer Wigs
Posted: Jul 05, 2013 6:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2013 7:51 PM EDT
By Alan Miller
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But it wasn’t always this way. There used to be just a few wigs in the oncology office, with no real privacy, making it difficult to enjoy the experience of finding a new look. Since then, Sanford Hospital has provided this room and the American Cancer Society provided the supplies. And Cheryl is well suited for this, being a retired nurse who knows what patients are going through.
“Being a cancer survivor, I know what it’s like to walk into that office. I know what it’s like to sit there and wait for a test, to hear those words. Those are the three most dreaded words in the English language: you have cancer,” says Cheryl Renville, Cancer Care Resource Center.
And no one can really understand unless she’s been through it herself. Cheryl knows what it’s like to go bald during treatment.
“It’s traumatic. That’s the first thing that they say. Am I going to lose my hair? And even with myself, when I had chemo, I was going to be the one that didn’t. I just knew I would be the one who did not lose my hair. Well, that didn’t work, you know. You do lose it because the drugs are so powerful. And hair is a fast growing cell, and so it’s the first one, one of the first ones that chemo kills.”
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Empathy for our fellow man seems sorely lacking today.
I know people who have serious health, family, or personal issues.
Whenever I think about them, I try to think about what I was given when my wife was sick or failing.
Maybe if we did this more, we’d all be better off.
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