Saturday, April 26, 2008
Hair is Falling
Well, I take back what I said about it not being so weird to have your hair falling out. It IS weird, very weird. In fact, it has probably been the most unsettling part of this whole cancer thing thus far. For the last 2 days I have been wearing a scarf over my head even though I still have plenty of hair; I am trying to become accustomed myself (and give others a chance) to get used to seeing me in the scarf and head covers. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and the guy behind me in line was just STARING; Charity said he was thinking "does that girl know that she looks like a chemo patient with that scarf on her head?". But this morning I really noticed that the hair around my face and especially at my temples is coming out and it looks very odd. Also the color of my skin around my eyes is changing; it's starting to turn sort of dark so I REALLY am beginning to look like a chemo patient. Vanity sure takes a blow, though...it is strange because the changes are subtle, but unmistakable. Oh, well. It won't be forever.
A former teacher of Charity's (a drama teacher at the Community College; Carla Zilbersmith) has just been diagnosed with ALS. There is no cure and few treatments; you eventually need to be put on a respirator. She has a 14 year old son. Please pray for her; especially that she would be protected through the times of fear that no one can walk with you; that she be protected from despair; and above all that she feel God's presence with her in an unmistakable and powerful way. Her picture is at the top.