(I'm a classy broad, what can I say? I was told to wrap my bleaching hair in a plastic bag, and a Wal-Mart bag was the best option. I don't think I need to explain why I have a glass of white and a bottle of red in my hands. The "unicorn" touch was all Kelly.)
This was a group effort, too. And I'm glad! I would have ended up with spots and streaks and probably would have burned my scalp even more than I did!
This whole thing has been an experience. On Thursday, I had a structural engineering conference to attend and if you want to stand out at an engineering conference, show up with pink hair and in high heels. One thing I didn't really think about is all the attention that comes with pink hair and it has been a little overwhelming. I bought a few more hats to have on hand so I can at least try to blend in. So far there has only been one parent who tried to shield their children from me. I thought that was funny.
I will admit that I've learned a lot from this. When this whole thing started, Kelly and I joked around about wig shopping and I really thought that wigs weren't really necessary. They're hot and itchy, and what person is going to make comments about a bald woman? But I think I get it now. It's not about how you look, really. It's more about just blending in. You don't get to blend in when you're bald. While people may not say anything, the lingering stares say enough. The last two days I have been very uncomfortable, to be perfectly honest. I can't imagine going through chemo, feeling like garbage, and knowing everyone is staring. So now I hope Kelly does get a nice wig and a proper fitting.
Pink! As of today, we have $1265 and it's not all in yet! There were two engineers at the conference that want to donate and my bosses still have promised my a check. How absolutely amazing.
That was one of the most fun nights I've had in a long time, and not just because of the fumes. A friend commented that the smile on Kelly's face would have been worth the pink dye, even if there was no donation involved and I couldn't agree more. (Insert collective "Awww" here) I hope you're feeling OK today, Kelly.