Where Is Laurie’s Hair???

Those of you who have followed this blog for the last few years may recall a project Joe McNally did called “Where Is Laurie’s Hair?” in which he took a photograph of my hair at each location we visited…


photo copyright by Joe McNally

It was pretty popular for awhile and we both had a great time but, then it ran it’s course and we both moved on to different things. I still have folks come up to me and ask “Where Is Laurie’s Hair?” though and I thought I’d give you an update. I had plenty of hair in Yellowstone this year and even had a natural frost compliments of mother nature…

During this time my mother had found a lump on her breast which turned into a second bought with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy in January and once the incision had healed it was time to get started with chemo. The prognosis is excellent and so far she has only felt tired. Each day I call her to get a hair alert and a few days ago she told me that her hair was coming out in clumps. So, yesterday, when she was nearly bald, she headed out to a wig shop to find a nice wig to cover her baldness I was at my hairdresser to have a nice color and cut which was long overdue when I took a deep breath and told her to pull out the clippers and attach the shortest one she had. Mom, I know you now have a nice wig that helps to avoid drawing too much attention to your situation but, I felt the need to give you what little support I am able to. I can’t have chemo for you, nor can I alleviate any of the symptoms you will get during your chemo treatments but, I can give you all my love and support by being by your side when you need me and well, you knew I wouldn’t be able to help myself, by wearing my hair buzzed while you are without yours…

For you mom, and all the other women who have experienced, are experiencing and will experience breast cancer, I support you and salute you for being brave women and inspiring the rest of us with your courage and your strength!