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!