Just call me Rapunzel

Cancer is something that effects everyone.  Every single person I know has a story to tell.  A family member, a friend, a loss or a story of survival.

Its been just over 10 years since I lost my dad.  I think about him every single day.  I sometimes even pick up the phone to call and tell him something and then realise I cant.

Paul also lost his dad to cancer.  Our fathers are indirectly responsible for how we met 🙂

My uncle in the UK is fighting a battle with cancer.

For the longest time I have felt like I need to DO something, something tangable, something with meaning.

Last night, waiting for the baby to fall asleep, the idea of the CANSA shavathon popped into my head.  Its something I say I will do, at least spray my hair, every year and for one reason or another I never do it.

I guess I’ve never been ready to do it, and spraying my hair seemed like a waste.

But now I am ready.

The minimum length requirement to donate hair to make wigs is 22cm.  My hair is about 44cm!

My brother in law and his amazing fiance are getting married in April, Im pretty sure Megs would not like my shaved head in her wedding photos and I dont particularly want a shaved head at the wedding, so Im only going to do the big cut in May 2012.

Im going to put a ticker up with a countdown.  Im hoping I can get a few of you to join me or to make a pledge towards CANSA when I cut my hair.

Please take a look here for more information on CANSA and the Shavathon

You can follow CANSA on FB here or on Twitter here.

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14 responses to “Just call me Rapunzel

  1. Dawn

    Cancer is an asshole of a disease, and i think that what you’re doing is awesome 🙂

  2. I *LOVE* this 🙂 Will join you in +- 4 years time :p

  3. David Greenway

    Been there and back with my Dad when he had it, its something that changes your life even if you’re just there to see the change in a loved one.

    I’m thankful every day that I still have my dad.

    I’ll join you for the shav-a-thon even though I’m kinda already there… no harm in making the donation too. I’ll bring Gary along as well, both our father’s had Cancer, at the same time actually.

    For now, thanks for being the catalyst for others to get involved.
    You = Awesome

  4. I think you are awesome girl! My cousin did it about 4 years ago, the year after her dad passed away after stomach cancer. Took a while to grow back and as she said, she only saw then how grey she actually is!

  5. Love this! When are you donating for the wig? I think I might like to join you 🙂 not brave enough to shave my head… yet

  6. Gina

    Thanks guys. Its really something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Its time now 🙂
    Romy – Im going to do it beginning of May 2012.

  7. Shoowee… thats quite a challenge! I also tell myself every year that I will do the Shavathon- spraying a colour at least- but I never get there.
    Perhaps I can convince my Glugster that I will look good bald…

  8. Hey! Did you see there’s an iPhone App that you can use to see what you’d look like with no hair!

  9. Hey G, I will definitely do it with you! If you tell me the date I will make my own countdown calendar too 🙂 and at least it gives my hair another 6 months to grow, am sure mine is over 22cm…

  10. What an awesome thing to do. My husband died from this horrible disease. I am not yet ready to shave my hair though.

  11. Great idea to commemorate your father(s)! Sometimes its the little things, or symbolic things, that can affect us the most. I’d never shave my head, but I have donated long lengths of hair (10-14″) three times for Locks of Love in the US.

  12. Pingback: I don’t have to shave it so I’m doing it now! | A Bit of This a Bit of That

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