Saturday, January 12, 2008

Solidarity



As you know, I'm bald. I shaved my head on New Year's Eve day, because I had too many bald patches to get a regular short haircut. You may or may not know how hard it was for me to lose my hair. I cried-a lot, until the hairdresser shaved it. Then I was okay. At that point it was gone and there was nothing I could do about it. It will grow back. It may take a while, but it will.

As a sweet, supportive gesture, my brother, Matt, sent out an email to my husband, brothers and some of our friends asking them to shave their heads in honor of me and to show their support. The head shaving is now complete! Nate shaved his the day before I shaved mine. Matt and our life-long friend, Dirk, shaved theirs New Year's Eve. Matt's friend, Nick was already bald, but shaved his massive facial hair. Thanks, Nick for the progression of photos from beginning to end. A bunch of guys from Nate's precinct got together yesterday and shaved their heads in support and also as a sign of solidarity to one another. Today, Andrew shaved his. You guys all rock! Thanks so much for the gesture. I really appreciate it. Enjoy the photos.

3 comments:

jason said...

Nick and Rusty need to be shaved now.

Jill said...

I read your blog from start to finish today and could not get through it with dry eyes!!! I was so touched by the display of love, support, gratitude and faith that came pouring out of the text! In addition to which, the heaping plate full of positive attitude despite the trying circumstances was hard to swallow and very humbling (a great reminder to us all), as so many perfectly healthy folks don't have an ounce of the appreciation of life (and all its daily untold blessings) as you do! I'm so glad you are keeping this blog...what a special way to memorialize this experience for yourself and share it with others at the same time...thank-you for sharing. It is such an amazing testament to your character, strength and faith in God Who is using you to shine through you...such an honor. Thanks again for letting us come visit you in the hospital. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jill Tachell (Joy's sister) P.S. for what it's worth, bald is very becoming on you...you wear it well...and such cute hats...you look awesome! :-)

Nick H. said...

I'll have you know that my wife could barely kiss me after I shaved off my goatee! Said I reminded her too much of the Nick she knew in college. She didn't like that Nick much. Come to think of it, neither did I!