Friday, November 18, 2011
Today I think I shall talk about fakes. Not that fakes are a such bad thing. In fact, if you will flip your brain a little bit and adjust your way of thinking, you will come to realize that fakes can be a really, really good thing.
Before mastectomy, I never thought much about the positive side of fakes -- fake personalities; people trying to be who they clearly were not, that is what a fake was to me. But used correctly, fakes can be worn to your advantage; make you feel like a million bucks. They can give a recovering cancer patient (like me) an entirely new outlook.
Here is what makes me such a delightful fake.
Breast Forms (see former post): Which can be purchased in every size, shape, and form. Made to fit nearly every person, regardless of circumstance. The nice thing for people (like me) who choose NOT to have breast reconstruction, you can be any size you want on any given day -- Twiggy today, Marilyn Monroe tomorrow. The advantage to breast reconstruction is, of course, you do have cleavage and you can wear a regular bra. The forms inside your skin, though, are as fake as the ones I wear outside. Either way you go, they will be fake. Not a Hollywood Boob Job glamorous type fake (that would be nice, wouldn't it?) but at least it's an option women have nowadays, thank God!
Wigs: You know, I used to think that wigs were the tackiest things on earth. Honestly, I felt so sorry for women who, for whatever reason, "had" to resort to wearing them. They looked like wigs. Stiff, heavy, hot and unyielding as a statue. Either that or they looked like costume hair -- the kind you wear on Halloween or to a crazy clown party. The next misconception was that good wigs would cost way too much or they had to be made from real human hair. Guess what? I was wrong on all points.
The American Cancer Society, once again, comes to the rescue. They sell the most amazing synthetic, affordable wigs in the TLC catalog. They have styles to fit every ethnic group, every type of hair style, every hair color, even highlighted hair. They have hair that swings in the wind, that you can style and brush and part wherever you want to part it. They have curly hair, straight hair, short hair, long hair, Farrah Fawcett type hair, pixie cuts and page-boys.
One lady said she purchased five wigs and has loved every single one. You know, I can understand. And you don't have to have gone through chemo to need a wig either. Some women just plain have very thin hair -- thin to the point of bald. The nice thing about a wig is that you simply never, ever have a bad hair day. Never. I do not have any idea who design, cut and color the wigs for the American Cancer Society, but they are truly amazing. The ones that come with highlights are like something you would paid a high-end hairdresser a ton of money to do.
It's really funny, but when I took chemo many people never even knew I wore a wig at all. Never. Not even my own doctor who was concerned that I had not lost my hair (if you take the type of chemo I was taking and don't lose you hair, it means it's not working). I had to lift my wig off to prove to him that I had.
Of course I am thrilled that my own hair is growing back. My breast surgeon said what is coming in now is called Chemo Curl -- very tight little screwed up ringlets. No matter what I do, I can't make my hair straighten out even a little bit. Evidently it will take approximately two years for my real hair to come back in normally. So, thank goodness for the many varieties of wigs. Only the people who know me well are even aware that I am on my second wig. And I love that I never have to experience a bad hair day. And that it only takes me about three minutes to fix my hair. And that I only have to gently wash my wig about every two weeks.
Anyway, that is my fake post. Yet I know that there are so many delightful fakes out there waiting to be discovered. Suggestions or anyone?