Most people do not need a special day to be reminded of cancer because they live with it in some way or another. More and more children are being diagnosed with cancer; as well as adults. Because of the harsh side-effects of cancer treatments, i.e. chemotherapy, many cancer patients experience hair loss. However, there are other medical maladies that cause this uncomfortable situation as well.
People love hair for some reason. The booming cosmetic industry offers thousands of products intended for long, beautiful, glossy, and healthy hair. The Bible says that a woman’s hair is her crown and glory. Many individuals abuse their hair to make a statement by coloring, bleaching, and otherwise torturing their hair for whatever reason; usually to draw attention to themselves. But when you see a young person who is bald – you automatically suspect cancer. However when you see an older bald person, they may just be a loved one who “braved the shave” to honor someone they know who has cancer.
Even for patients who do not have cancer, hair loss can be a telltale sign that something is going a muck within a person’s body. It seems that more and more men are choosing to go “bald” by choice rather than deal with comb-over’s or toupees.
Each year an organization called St. Baldrick’s Foundation sponsors a drive where people with otherwise healthy hair choose to “go bald” to raise money for childhood cancer. Their mission statement is, “The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.”
Below is a series of steps to help those who are bald for whatever reason that will help to keep their scalps “happy and healthy!” These steps are vitally important for caregivers of children who have lost their hair.
1. Don’t ditch the shampoo and conditioner
2. Shield your scalp from the sun
3. Keep hydrated and moisturize
4. Try a scalp massage
5. Tell ‘em why you shaved
6. Hold your head high
For detailed information about each step above you can follow up at this link.
This author adds, “Pray for prevention, a cure, and for those who are daily dealing with cancer either themselves or because of someone they love.
To catch up with this year’s activities at St. Baldrick’s and to learn more of what you can do to help childhood cancer patients check this out.