My friend Michelle nominated me for a Honey Baked Ham gift card, and I won. It was something about "foiling cancer" and I was thrilled to find out that I'd won a $75 gift card. That will be a HUGE help on Thanksgiving. Tonight, I stopped by the local HBH store to order a ham for next week.
There was only one more customer in the store, and it was a couple. I'm going to guess that they were in their late 50's to early 60's. She wore a knit hat and was obviously bald. As I left the store, they were following. I held the door for them and then asked:
"Did you win a $75 gift card by being nominated for fighting cancer?" She looked shocked and answered "Yes?" She seemed confused. I said, "Yeah. Me, too. I fought breast cancer for most of 2012." She asked when my last chemo was, and I told her that it was September 19, 2012.
This is where I teared up. She looked at her husband and said, "See? Look how much hair I'll have in a year!" I told her that I, too, struggled with the hair loss, felt it would never grow back, and now have had a trim and still have this much hair.
She smiled and then I did it. I asked if I could please give her a hug. She nodded and I hugged her. I hugged her hard. And while I hugged her, I whispered, "This will be over soon. I promise."
She nodded and we parted ways. I'll likely never see her again. I hope she keeps her chin up, and I promise to do the same. I have hair. I have hair, and she'll have hair next year. Maybe she'll lift up someone else who is struggling at that time.
Hair? Wanna see mine? OK!