“CANCER made me BALD and I love it!” are the words from Thirsty Roots Member, Ms. Christian, in the community forum. She is on a journey to natural hair and in her words:
“I’m new to the Natural Hair world, Due to the chemotherapy I was on (cancer is in remission) WHoop Whoop !!!!!!!! Now its growing back and I would love to keep it Naturally ME…I need help”
She is a beautiful person and have positive spirits, “God is good, Never once did I questioned his work. Now since I have past one of my many test it only made me stronger, Embracing it all..” says Ms. Christian. I just wanted to feature her to show her how much of an inspiration she is to many women who maybe going through the same situation, and to the women who are not.
Sometimes we get so caught up into our hair as if it makes us who we are on the inside. Beauty is so skin deep. And Ms. Christian was able to see how meaningless loosing her hair was in the fight of saving her life.
We must all try to see our beauty beyond our hair. Stay lifted Ms. Christian!
Read on to learn more about Ms. Christian’s story:
TR: How did you fight through the Cancer?
Ms. Christian: The way I fought through cancer was staying in good spirits. I had/have an Amazing support system. I kept myself surrounded with positive people. And even though I knew I had Leukemia I still tried to enjoy my life as much as possible. I had frequent hospital visits that lasted 2-3 weeks every month. I never slept alone, My friends/family would rotate days/nights, sneak me outside food and kept me up on the latest.
TR: I know you said you had long hair before you got sick, how did you feel at first when you started losing your hair?
Ms. Christian: Yes I had beautiful long Natural hair. I was in the beauty salon faithfully 2-3 weeks. When my Oncologist explained to me that I would lose my hair my response was “ok its just hair”. But one Sunday, I was at home with my mom and she greased my scalp like she always did as a child and it just came out in huge clumps. She kept combing and within 5 minutes my hair was on the floor and I was in tears. I locked myself in the bathroom and cried for hours. I called myself ugly and no one would think I was beautiful. I cursed God for making me sick, I cursed the Doctor for giving me the medicine. That was the first time I had a breakdown.
I didn’t cry when I was diagnosed at 21 which was the peak of my life, I didn’t cry when I was being stuck by needles at least 6 times before a IV was in place. I cried because I have lost my hair and it FINALLY hit me that I HAVE CANCER..
As I got myself together in the bathroom, I returned to my Mom “Salt&Pepper” Hair on the floor next to mine. I asked her why would you do that? Your hair was a couple of inches from your butt, Are you crazy. She explained to me, It will grow back. “Your Journey is now My Journey” if you think your ugly than so am I..
TR: Now that, in your words, “Cancer made me bald and I love it”, what have you discovered about yourself and your hair in this journey?
Ms. Christian: This is a defining moment in my life for I am on track and running towards the finish line of my destiny. Journey’s can take you on many different roads in life but none of the roads will get you there quicker; they will just provide you with different lessons to be learned. A long time ago, I strayed away from my purpose because I wasn’t sure of who I was as an individual.
Due to my illness, Struggling with not knowing or understanding myself showed vicariously through many scenario’s and situations in my life. I had come to a stop sign and I finally made the decision to go full steam ahead realizing that I would leave everything behind to start a brand new life.
With My brand new hair, As far as my hair go its been AMAZING. I have embraced my Bald Head and I feel Beautiful. A lot of people have said I have been there inspiration. Random people walk up to me and say “girl you are wearing that cut” I just chuckle and say thank you but I’m always brought back to that day. When I had no choice. I have finally came to the realization that my Hair doesn’t make me.
“My struggles are my strengths”, that’s what Define me.
TR: Anything else you want to add?
Ms. Christian: My experiences over the last year have allowed me to take a long hard look at myself and analyze my strengths and my weaknesses. I am a positive person who is determined to be the best at all I can be but I realize that at the same time, I have got to know my own strengths and I realize that they outweigh the weaknesses. My weaknesses come with growth, time, and dedication to make them positive attributes of my life.
Positivity truly is the essence of change and it allows for growth. Being a positive person can open your world up to so many opportunities and I know this first hand. Changing my thoughts to be positive allowed me to view the world differently in addition to my life. I realized that I had got to a point where I was merely “existing” and now with he changing of my thoughts, by becoming a positive person, I have truly changed my life.
In order to take the initiative to create and initiate change, you have to take action towards it. I have a testimony and I want the world to hear it. I heard the Doctor prepare my family for the “I might not make it speech”. But I am here 23 and my Cancer is in Remission and I thank god for it all