Well folks, since my last post, life has been a flurry of doctor’s appointments, tests, consultations, and getting informed and ready for the various treatments I will be going through in the coming months.
We knew I would need radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone treatments, but we needed all the myriad of tests to be completed to determine exactly what type of drugs they would be using in my specific case. And those test results are starting to trickle in, giving us more information about what to expect.
With bated breath, I’ve been waiting to find out whether the type of chemo drugs I will be receiving will result in early menopause, as well as losing all my hair. I fully expected this would be the case, but I didn’t want to go out and get my head shaved, only to find out that hair loss would not be an issue in my case. Wouldn’t that have been a cute joke for the universe to pull on me?
So, now we know. I will be losing all my hair, and very shortly too. In fact, I can expect my hair to start falling out within a week or two after my first chemotherapy treatment.
Thank God for that!
“OK, who is this crazy woman and why is she thanking God for hair loss?”
The fact is, I was kind of hoping this would happen, and I’ll explain why so you all don’t think I’m certifiably nuts.
See, in my research for cancer, and specifically, chemotherapy’s side effects, I came across a website that brought tears to my eyes, and sparked an idea in my own head a little over a month ago. For a month, I’ve been planning to do something special, as soon as I found out whether or not I would go through hair loss, and because it occupied so much of my thoughts in the past few weeks, I think I would have been disappointed to find out that I wouldn’t be able to do what I had planned to do.
“Enough with the cliffhangers, Sylvie…dish already!”
Well, here’s what I have in mind, but I need your help if this is going to work…
I am going to shave my hair off before it starts falling out on its own because of chemo. My hair will be donated to a charity called Locks of Love, and my hair will then be fashioned into a custom made human hair wig for a child who can’t afford such an expensive accessory. The children that get these wigs made for them are kids who have suffered more than I ever will, and at such a young age. These kids are going through terminal illnesses while still too young to have really experienced life yet, and they deserve to have something special done for them.
It is the least I can do.
I have had my “big hair” ever since I remember. In fact, the last time my hair was cut short, I was five years old! I’ve often complained that I have “too much hair”, bemoaning the frizzies on damp days, complaining that it gets in my way all the time.
And as it turns out, all these years of carefully caring for my long hair will finally be worth something. My hair will actually be useful for something far more important than mere vanity, and will go to someone who needs it far more than I do. I am honored to be able to turn my own hair loss into something positive for a child who needs it.
Some little girl, somewhere in the world, will be proudly sporting her new mane of curly hair, and I hope she doesn’t have the same frizzies I always dealt with. It’s a shame I’ll never know who she is, because I would have been able to give her some handy hair care tips I’ve learned over the years.
These wigs would cost anyone else at least $3000 to have created for them (don’t forget, this is a custom designed human hair wig, developed especially for a child’s growing head), but because of Locks of Love (and my donation of my entire head of hair), a little girl won’t have to pay a dime for her custom designed wig.
And I couldn’t be happier about it!
But, this wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to do even more to help. After all, my life is all about turning lemons into lemon meringue pie, so I want to make sure this event does even more good for someone who needs it.
I am also going to be donating my scalp to charity.
See, I got to thinking about all those “pixel ads” webpages (like MillionDollarHomepage.com), and I decided I had some “pixel real estate” of my own that I could donate in addition to my hair.
Here’s what I have in mind, and where I need your help…
We are going to be shaving my head bald on October 16th. I have done some math to calculate exactly how many square inches of scalp I have, so that I can offer you virtual real estate on my head.
I am offering up to 96 square inches of my scalp to those who are willing to pledge a donation to the Avon Foundation. In exchange for every $50 donation to the Avon Foundation, one square inch of my scalp will be available to be clicked on.
Let me explain…
We will be videotaping the process of cutting my hair and shaving me bald, and after I am completely hairless, we will be taking photos of my head from both sides, and creating a very special page on this site, a page that has never been created before, as far as I know.
This page will feature the video of the shave in progress, where our good friend, DJ Dave Bernstein, will be talking about our most generous sponsors and their businesses. Any sponsor who pledges a donation to the Avon Foundation of 5 inches or more ($250+) will, if they wish, be mentioned and praised in the video. The video will also be uploaded to Google Video, You Tube, and anywhere else we can possibly promote it.
We will also showcase ALL our $50+ sponsors on the photos of my bald head which, similar to the Million Dollar Homepage, will have clickable links to a URL of their choice, hyperlinking the keywords they choose.
If you donate $100, 2 square inches of my scalp will be clickable. $150 will get you 3 square inches, and so forth.
of course, the image itself won’t be “true to size”, so the clickable areas will be scaled down accordingly. But it will all be done “to scale” and proportionate to my actual head.
And if you don’t think you can afford a $50 donation, any amount you pledge will still go a long way to help the cause, so we will have a very special “Friends of the Breast Cancer Crusade” section of the page where we will be mentioning all the names of all those who gave what they could.
This page, with video and clickable photos, will be promoted heavily on blogs, and in articles, and we intend to do our best to get the press involved with this. Essentially, I want to spread the word that even cancer isn’t an excuse to get depressed or give up on the pure joy of experiencing life and giving of ourselves to others.
This is my way of turning a negative thing like hair loss due to chemo treatments into something purely wonderful, and I need your help and support in order to do this right.
In fact, if we are right, this is the first time anything like this has been done, and if we are successful, it will serve as a shining example to others as well.
Here’s how to participate, and be part of something very special.
Why? So that we’ll know who you are and can include you in the video and/or the clickable photos. The pledge form results will be emailed to us, and after you fill it out, you will be taken directly to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade donation page.
Then, send your donation directly to the Avon Foundation, and be sure to select the “I would like to make this donation in honor or memory of someone else” checkbox so you can donate in honor of Sylvie Fortin. This will tell the Avon Foundation that you are donating because of this Shave-A-Thon and we will receive confirmation of the donation in time for the videotaping.
You will be asked to enter the Honoree information, as well as the Recipient information. By “recipient” they mean the person you wish to be notified of your donation. Please use the following information for that section…
Gift Type: in honor
First Name: Sylvie
Last Name: Fortin
Street Address: 2729-D Innes Rd.
Zip/Postal: K1B 3J7
Email Address: Sylvie@BreastCancerVictory.com
Be sure to complete these two steps prior to October 16th, so we can have all our materials prepared in time for the videotaping of the Shave-A-Thon.
As soon as possible after the Shave-A-Thon is done on the 17th, we will be publishing the video and clickable photos and starting the promotions.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping to make this ground-breaking event memorable, and to help spread awareness that breast cancer does not need to be a death sentence.
It can also remind us that giving from the heart will always be fashionable, even if being a bald woman isn’t.
And if you can help by sending an email to your list of friends and associates, announcing this event, it would be deeply appreciated!