This is kind of a personal post. It’s about Paul’s brother Kevin who has a form of cancer that’s not curable but it is treatable for a while. It’s called Plasmacytoma and after it’s spread it’s called Multiple Myeloma. Well, Kevin’s has spread and it’s been really hard on everyone in our family. He was diagnosed a few days before Christmas. He’s been down at the Mayo Clinic for the last 6 weeks getting a bone marrow transplant.
I’m not going to get into the “what’s and hows” but I do need an opinion and a “what would you do” here?
Kevin also started chemo when he got to the Mayo and his hair is starting to fall out. They went to shave his head 4 weeks ago but he just couldn’t go through with it. For some people, losing your hair is the hardest part of having cancer.
So, here’s the question. A huge amount of people are shaving their heads in support of Kevin and as a reminder to say a prayer for him. I don’t forget to pray for him but I would like to support him. I’m not sure yet if the brothers are going to do it or not. Kevin’s wife Karen said she was going to shave her head so she could be like him and he asked her”why would I want to look at a bald wife?” If you knew Kevin, I know you can just hear him say that. So she said she’ll wear a scarf. So Karen and their two daughters are wearing scarves.
I’d shave my head in a second to show support to him IF anyone ever saw me. But, like most families, we don’t see each other all that often. They aren’t encouraging people to go down and visit because of the germs because he can’t get an infection so it’s not like he’s even going to see us until he gets home. So I live here in the middle of nowhere and the only people who’d see my ugly shaved head are the people I’d see at the grocery store or my neighbors and that’s not often either.
Would you shave your head to support someone else? Do you think it’s harder for women to do it than men?
Come on really people, would you shave your head?? REALLY??