Hair Angels

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Shopping for new hair is an interesting experience. Wig shopping is not something I ever thought I’d be doing. It is almost liberating in a way though, as it allows you to try on styles that you never thought would suit you. How many times have you wondered what your hair would look like really short, or drastically different than what you have, but never had the courage to make the change?

Wigs vary greatly in price, anywhere from approximately $200 – $3000. You can get ‘heat proof’ wigs, so that when you’re cooking it doesn’t singe (not kidding). You can also use straighteners and curling irons on these ones. There are synthetic wigs and there are real hair wigs. I didn’t choose anything too high end, as I’m hoping that it won’t be something that I’ll need for too long. I am happy with my choice – and no, you don’t get a sneak peek yet ;-)!

There is a wonderful store in Peterborough called “My Left Breast”, which is where I bought my wig and my mastectomy bras. The store founder is Bridget Leslie, a breast cancer survivor herself and somewhat of an angel. In fact, Bridget and her staff are all amazing; they are fun, upbeat, positive and real. It took me four or five visits to decide which wig was for me, and each time they were patient and encouraging. During one particular visit, Bridget said she was about to make a phone call to tell a woman she had won a $500 shopping spree in her store, thanks to a distributor. The woman who won could not have afforded anything new, but had visited to see about any possible donations. I was touched.

When I arrived home yesterday with my wig and a couple of hats in tow, I said a little ‘thank you’ prayer for the fact that we have insurance that will cover a large percentage of the costs that I’ve had which go along with C. Just like mastectomy bras, wigs help a woman to feel as normal as possible during a period when nothing much actually is normal. As I curled up for my afternoon nap, I thought how amazing it would be to ‘pay it forward’ and help someone else obtain these things who otherwise may not be able to have them. I just didn’t know how to make that happen.

After dinner, my mom called to say my sister Janet and her husband Rick wanted to come over and visit, as they were in from out of town (about an hour away). Five minutes into our visit my sister said “Mom told me about Bridget’s store and how you raved about her. Rick and I are thinking of running a charity golf tournament in Peterborough and having the proceeds go to My Left Breast, to help women who cannot afford the things there. What do you think?” I cried. The angels and the universe made it happen – just like that. I couldn’t be happier! Hair angels DO exist :-)!

This morning I had the pleasure of calling Bridget and telling her the good news. Needless to say she was thrilled! My part will be to help spread the word, as sadly there isn’t much else that I have the energy for right now. But I’m good at spreading the word about good things and know my friends are too. I have TEN friends fighting the ‘girl fight’ against C locally. Most have been in the ‘ring’ already and had their surgery, chemo and radiation. They are now in reconstruction and healing and modes. These women have all been a tremendous support to me and I’m incredibly grateful. I have no doubt they will help to spread the word on this golf tournament, as they have all be helped by Bridget and her team at some point in their journey. I will be posting further information on Facebook as it progresses. Please help to spread the word too!

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About denisemacdonald

I am a Canadian entrepreneur who has been spending the majority of my time between Canada and Panama, Central America. Living oceanfront, I am an 'investment consultant', predominantly in the area of real estate in the beaches areas. Photography is my hobby. In April, 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I will be sharing my journey here on these 'pages'. If you would like to learn more about "Triple Negative" breast cancer, please click onto http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/.
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5 Responses to Hair Angels

  1. Steve Doane says:

    How wonderful~ I’m saddened that you’re going through all this shit, but happy that you’re going through it successfully. I know you’re likely putting your best foot forward in these posts, but it is heartening. Glad you have the support system at home, and you have our best wishes from here. All the best to you Denise!!!

  2. Amanda says:

    How cool! And just like the universe brought that around, it’s bringing your healing around. 🙂 As much as I’m hoping you won’t need your new hair, I’m excited to see it if you do. 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    Your blog title reminds me of a book that you might enjoy called “Angels In My Hair” by Lorna Byrne.
    Bridget is wonderful and your idea of a golf tournament to raise funds is brilliant. Keep me updated on the details.
    I am considering volunteering in the chemo treatment clinic as one way of giving back and also connecting with the PRHC foundation to see how we (breast cancer survivor friends) can help.
    Regarding wigs, I love my blonde ME and have decided to go blonde when my hair grows a little longer. The wig has reduced my ‘get ready to go out time’ by at least 30 minutes and actually it looks better than my old real hair.
    BIG HUG
    Linda

  4. Bridget says:

    Denise it is our honour to meet you and your support circle. You are our angel. We are thrilled with the concept of a golf tournament fundraiser for women in need. What a difference this will make in a women’s life who is face with a cancer diagnosis.

    Denise, you are one beautiful, giving women. Shine on!

    Much love,

    Bridget

    • Thank you Bridget. Your store and the support of you and your staff are life-changing. You have helped me (and others) to meet a difficult time knowing you guys are there – it really makes a difference. Together we will make a difference for others! xo Denise

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