Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hair today, port tomorrow

Today was a huge emotional day.  My daughters Christine and Allison and my best friend Ann went to Silk Day Spa in Manchester, where Amanda Maillet  opened up especially for us to get our new "do's".  We started with a little liquid courage, cheese and crackers and strawberries.  Then Allison's long ponytail was cut to be donated to "Locks of Love" and Amanda gave her a beautiful haircut and style.  WIth the girls taking turns holding my hand under the cape,  I took my place in the chair and Amanda took the clippers to my hair, revealing a hair color I've never seen - my own at this stage of my   I think it's been 20 years since I've seen it.  That "do" made me laugh...not sure I'll be showing it in public too much, despite everyone's encouragement that it looked really good.  After the clipping, Amanda styled my wig and well, I'm glad I like it and I think it makes me look a little younger than my "natural"  color.  It was fun to notice that the color of my wig was almost a dead ringer match with Allison's hair. 

I want to thank my good friend and sister breast cancer survivor Donna Brookhart for sending me to Brian Joseph's Salon in Overland Park, KS.  Patty, the owner, is also a 17-year breast cancer survivor and she did a wonderful job helping me select the right wig, then styling each and every strand so that it worked for me.  

Tomorrow I must be at Parkland Hospital in Derry, NH at 8:15 to prep for my port insertion at 9:45.  I'm currently drinking lots of liquids and will eat some yogurt and berries before bedtime.  You know the drill, nothing after midnight...



  1. When I came home Alex asked me if I had a fun time. Add that to a long list of challenging questions presented to me over the last 5 years by my inquisitive children.

    At least I got a picture of you laughing!

  2. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. Short is cute, too. I LOVE your wig, though, the best. Yeah, my hairdresser told me I was all gray(Thanks for sharing I thought). I just like me in some color, so I have it dyed to the color you see.
    Be thinking of you tomorrow.

  3. This may sound stupid to you, but I like your short, natural-colored hair! And what a great thing that your daugther donated her beautiful hair to a good cause.

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow morning.


  4. I wish I had a barber that supplied liquid refreshment like that. Of course I almost fall asleep when I get a haircut as it is. A little vino would probably put me right to sleep.

    My wife donated her hair to Lock of Love once also.

    I will keep you in my thoughts.