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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Survivor Files: The Ultimate "Bad Hair Day"

Starting about Thursday night the hair started coming out in bunches. I felt the itchiness a lot on Wednesday and sported my hat to keep any strays from getting on stuff. Thursday it was a little worse, wore a scarf and then Friday I actually cut my errands short so I could be home. The hair was not staying in my scarf. I had arranged with my sister for a Saturday meeting to just shave my head and get it over with.

Wednesday Night
Thursday Night
Friday Night
Everyone in the house is supportive in their own way, I knew that Dawn, Matthew and my mom were going to be joining me as this event took place. Friday afternoon, I was working on canning spaghetti sauce. I had been okay with the whole thought of it and was good with the Saturday appointment, probably even more when the hair really started falling.

As it was getting later in the evening, working on the tomatoes, I started getting a little freaked out about what would happen when I went to bed and tried to take off the scarf. Would it all come out? Oh how I hate the emotion involved in these kind of things! I was thankful that as I was waiting for the two batches of sauce in the water bath, I was reminded about some letters and notes that I had been meaning to write. I sat down and got going on those while the timer kept my tomatoes in check.

It was a blessing to have my mind taken off the "freaking out thoughts" and I got some of my letters written at the same time. I loaded and started the dishwasher and headed to bed. I stood in the bathroom and after taking off the scarf, I pulled out some hair. It didn't hurt at all, so I just kept going. Maybe, I could just get it all out now and be done with it. Well, no, it wasn't all coming out so I stopped when I thought I had "evenly" thinned out my hair enough to go to sleep. This is Friday night, tomorrow is Saturday.

I got into bed and jumped back into the book I have been reading As Silver Refined. As I laid there more of those thoughts kept coming to my mind. Ugh...who wants to go through this? I mean, I know I CAN but who really wants to? The dread was building and I was starting to get stressed out and here we are bedtime, the worst time to start letting your mind race.

I focused back on the book. In my time in the Word in the past couple of years, the Lord has been challenging me to BE righteous, to BE holy, because that is what I am in Him. The living in boldness and giving my doubts and missteps to Him has been a blessing in my life and in my walk with Him. I say that because when I focused back on my book the section I was finishing ended with Philippians 4:8.

This is how I saw the words as my Shepherd calmed my heart during this strange and unnerving moment. Here are how the words read from the heart of my Jesus:
Jody...you are true, you are honest, you are just, you are pure, you are LOVELY, you are virtuous, you are of good report.

In this time of "freaking out", My Shepherd chose to comfort me and tell me what He sees as my hair is falling out in my sink, and my pillow. It made this girl want to get a good night's sleep, wake up and BE these things! (After I go to Johanna's and get the rest shaved off!)

I got a great night of sleep and today was the day...

Without too much fuss at the salon, I shared my thoughts with everyone from my journal, we prayed and away we went. There actually wasn't much more on the floor of the salon than there was in my garbage can from last night. I guess I got a pretty good start on it!

I love my hairdresser!
I got a wonderful scalp massage and now there is no more hairs falling from everywhere. I will be much more comfortable and cooler (especially if there will be much more canning in the kitchen!)
It is another step along this way, but as Zachary always says "Mom, when the bad medicine is done, it is just going to grow back!" He is absolutely right!

I am not sure how much of my bald head will be seen after this post, but here it is today. Thank you all for your prayers!


  1. Your strength is so amazing. I connect to you as I love all things canning, gardening, and sewing...I so enjoy reading your posts of this journey and what God is teaching you has been good for me to read as well. If you get to the end of canning season and need help I'd love to be there for you as that's something I am able to do..until then I will continue to lift you in prayer for continued strength and health.

  2. As beautiful as before Saturday!!! I've been thinking of you Jody! Hang in there. I am praying for!

  3. Good for you, to be done with pesky falling out hair. It will be so much nicer at shower time. And you do have a nicely shaped head. Years ago my brothers shaved their heads and we could see the shape of their heads and all the marks in the skin of their scalps. It's also good you already have a wig for when you want to have hair

  4. It will come back. I liked that I didn't have to shave my legs. I worn cute bandanas instead of the wig.I know it is hard and it is OK to be sad about it.

  5. You look so cute with or without a hat, scarf, or hair. Continued prayers my friend. ♡♡♡

  6. You look so cute with or without a hat, scarf, or hair. Continued prayers my friend. ♡♡♡