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Why I Chose To Donate My Hair To Charity

Why I Chose To Donate My Hair To Charity

This time last year I donated my hair to charity. You might be thinking, why didn’t you raise money for an epilepsy charity? But at the time the issue of cancer was close to my heart.

It’s strange when situations happen to us personally, we just battle through them, but if something happens to the ones we love and care about, it affects our emotions deeper somehow. We want to remove the pain and suffering for them and we feel hopeless when there is nothing that we can do.

Cancer has unfortunately affected many people in my family and thankfully there have been good outcomes, but about two years ago I lost a good friend of mine to cancer and it was completely devastating. She was the one of those rare people who was a true friend. She always there for you when you needed her, we may not have seen each other for a while but when we did, you wouldn’t think any time had passed. She was always happy and smiling, and she was genuinely kind. Basically she had all the best qualities a person could have.  We’d known each other since school and I always assumed that we would be in each other’s lives forever, which made it harder when I discovered that I wouldn’t see her anymore. No one wants to say goodbye to someone they care about.

Naturally this leaves a small gap in your life, even now I will be reminded of her, but more than anything I think of her family and her two sisters, I and think of how strong they are.

Last year I decided to try to turn my sadness into hope by trying to help others and raise money for cancer, and because I had very long hair at the time, I realised I could donate my hair and literally give something back.

After witnessing family members having chemotherapy I understood what it was like to lose your hair through cancer treatments. The main charity for hair donations is The Little Princess Trust which makes real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss from illnesses such as alopecia or cancer. This was the charity I decided to support.

Before I donated my hair, I had NEVER had my hair cut short before, so this was a huge step for me. In the end I donated 10 inches of my hair. It was a really strange sensation having so much hair being cut off all at once, feeling the weight disappearing, and holding it after was weird. I couldn’t believe just how heavy it felt.

 

 

My hairdresser was amazing; he helped raise loads of money for me and even cut my hair for free! In the end I raised nearly £1000.

The following weeks and months were unusual as I had loads of people commenting on my short hair. Even now if I meet someone I havent seen in a while they will notice that I have had my haircut.

During the past year, after trying a couple of short styles, I am now growing my hair again.

I have been going through the milestones where I could pin it back, and then tie it back. Although I didn’t mind having short hair, I also missed long hair a little, the one day I realised I could hold my hair comfortably in a ponytail, and there was a lot of hair there! Not tiny strands that escape before I had chance to throw a bobble around them, and I felt pleased. I then considered all the people recovering from cancer treatments that achieve these same milestones but feel a million times happier.

The odd thing I noticed was that I decided to donate my hair as sponsored runs etc. could mean a potential disaster for me and my epilepsy. But people were giving my excellent praise saying I was ‘brave’, as if it was something unusual, and even before I had my hair cut, my hairdressers were giving chances to back out if I wanted. Even though I appreciated their support, I thought –  its only hair. Thinking, I’m lucky, my hair is healthy and it will grow back, and I wanted to help a child who needed it more than me.

I plan to keep growing my hair and have plans for another donation in the future.

Becky 🙂

 

 

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Faye Waddams Decicates Her Miles in Marathon

Faye Waddams Decicates Her Miles in Marathon

As many of you know, over the weekend we had the London Marathon.

 

I have always had admiration for anyone who has taken part in a long distance run such as a marathon as I just couldn’t run for long distances to save my life. And when I was diagnosed with epilepsy I had a new outlook on exercise and long distance running. Now my exercise is light, and I make sure I don’t overexert myself. So when I witness other people who have epilepsy partake in marathons I think it’s absolutely astounding.

I came across blogger Faye Waddams through Twitter, who not only has epilepsy herself, but ran the London marathon and dedicated each mile to someone who had been effected by epilepsy.

I thought that this was such a selfless and kind gesture.  So I wanted to write a blog today to her as I think that she is amazing.

Before the marathon she sent out messages through social media so people could have a mile dedicated to them or a loved one. This is when I realised how good her project was, as it was engaging other people and also spreading awareness of epilepsy.

Not only did she go on to complete the marathon perfectly, but she also released her latest blog thanking her supporters and including the 26 stories of each person for each mile she’d ran.

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You can read it here.

She warned that you needed tissues, and she was right! Although I try to keep my blogs as positive as possible to show people that we can get through it, the collection of people’s stories reminds you of just how varied epilepsy can be, and also how life altering and devastating epilepsy can be.

Although each story is brief, some will stay in my mind for a long time.

I think it’s so clever that Faye dedicated each mile for someone. For example I once donated my hair to charity. It was just sent away with the money I raised. I don’t know who it went to or who it helped. Having 26 stories to accompany your mission makes it so much more real and highlights all the people that are affected and who you will be helping.

I’ve also learnt that she has been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award for disability 2017 which is another incredible achievement, so well done Faye!

If you want to visit her donation page then its here!

Thanks for reading

Becky  🙂