“For me, one of the most emotional parts of battling breast cancer was losing my hair. When it first started falling out, I was so self-conscious, I didn’t even want to leave the house. So when my friend, Sheila, begged me to go out to a trendy new restaurant downtown, I reluctantly agreed.
“That evening I slipped on my favorite dress and took extra time applying my makeup, but I still felt like I stuck out with a scarf hiding my hairless head. No one sees me, I thought as people glanced my way at the restaurant. All they see is cancer.
“As we paid the bill, I felt a tap on my shoulder. ‘You look so beautiful. Where did you get that lovely scarf?’ a young woman asked. ‘I start chemo for breast cancer soon and I’d love to buy one.’
“With her words, I felt pretty for the first time in months. I untied my scarf and handed it to her, proudly baring my head. ‘Start with this one,’ I said. ‘I hope it gives you the strength and confidence you just gave me!’”
—Lisa Preston, 46, Phoenix
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