One of the (many) things that really gets on my goat, is the disgusting fact that when someone is given the life-changing and heart-wrenching news that they have cancer; that’s not the only thing they have to worry about. Among all of the trauma that comes with having this disease, people also have to deal with the fact that they may lose their hair, because – apparently – having no hair isn’t hot. Just how ludicrous is it, that when someone is potentially facing the battle of their life, they are STILL resorted to fretting over how they look?
Last year, my family had a cancer scare. It’s difficult for me to articulate just how scary this time in my life was. Although treatments have advanced remarkably and continue to do so, this awful disease still ruthlessly takes lives. Anyone who has been foully grappled by cancer will know how that moment of complete black out feels that I experienced. But, we were lucky. Our incident was just that, “a scare”. Others, aren’t so lucky. Cancer has no morals and will kill people regardless of their age, overall health and how much they mean to other people. As if this wasn’t awful enough, many sufferers feel like they have to buy a wig or cover up their baldness in some way because having a disease like cancer apparently defines them as a person and makes them unattractive. Having a head full of hair is often associated with youth, fertility and is “socially acceptable”, simultaneously making the opposite, the opposite. I’ve quite simply had enough of this bullsh*t.
This January, I took part in Cancer Research UK‘s Dryathlon. But now, I want to take it a step further. I want to simultaneously raise cash to help kick cancer’s butt and directly challenge the apparent stigmas around baldness. I have set myself a fundraising target of £500. A goal, which if I reach, will see me celebrate by shaving my head.
With or without hair, you’re gorgeous.
Your support in whatever way you are able to give it would be eternally appreciated by Cancer Research UK, everyone who has ever been affected by the disease and myself.
You can get involved by simply sharing the link to my JustGiving page on your social networks.
You can donate directly to my JustGiving page.
If you’re in the UK, you can also donate via text; text IALS99 with an amount of either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
Thank you so much.
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