Blogging about life in Minnesota, raising our six kids with Down syndrome while battling Breast Cancer.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says, "Oh shit! She's up!"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kick'in A**

Saturday night I had a little party at my house. Dean and Axel were out of town for fishing opener (which is, by the way, an official holiday in Minnesota) so I figured it was a good time for a girls night at our place! We had a good time hanging out and just visiting with one another. I'm so thankful for the friends I have who have been so supportive of me (us!) as we embark on a really difficult journey.

Of course, I didn't think to take pictures until a few people had already gone home! I'll blame that on the Mojito.
Kathie and Nell

Rose and Tyler (who was only allowed to join us after he got the kids to bed.) 


Earlier in the week when I thought to have this party,  I also decided to shave my head. I wanted time to get used to seeing myself without hair as well as the odd lumps and bumps I was pretty sure were hiding under there. That, and I like doing things *my* way, not cancer or Chemo's way. In the end it just didn't feel right to have my friends do it, though I know they were jumping at the chance! LOL But later, when the house was quiet, I closed myself in the bathroom and did it myself.

(edited to add: I kept looking at the hair coming off my head because I was STUNNED how much gray was in there!! Holy crap!)

Now, this may be a little odd to say, and Dean may not agree, but I think I look better without hair. And to be honest, I'm kind of liking whole "wash and wear" part. However, I reserve the right to change my mind when the stubble falls out and I'm left bald as a cue ball!

Thanks again to everyone who came, or who wanted to come but couldn't make it, for holding my hand as I take the first few steps on what is, so far, the most difficult journey of my life.


abby said...

Okay Lady - First of all...Go and kick this in the ASS! Second, that look suits you. It's powerful.

rosedel said...

It does look good! It makes your eyes the focus of your face and they are beautiful. I can't believe you shaved your head and never said a word! I would have been chattering away to myself. What did the kids say?

Betsy said...

You have beautiful hair, Leah and you are beautiful inside and out, praying every day, the "poison" will soon be all gone from your body! You are courageous to shave your head and get ahead of that chemo part. Take care!

Relle said...

I think you look beauty-full!!! With your new hair style you really notice those big beautiful brown eyes. Love the pink courage band. Loved the look on Tylers face. A room full of woman can be an inter-est-ing experience for a guy. He may never recover ha ha. Glad you had an awesome night with your girls. Still praying as promised. Hugs

Tigger (aka Karyn) said...

You look great without hair!!! It is a lot less messy taking it off early. I shed like a dog and left hair everywhere I went until I shaved it off.

Imogen said...

You look stunning! Absolutely gorgeous. So courageous. You rock xx

Erica said...

I'm digging the new look. I think it makes you look younger and your eyes pop.

Praying for you in TX

Melissa said...

You're loookin kinda onery here. Onery enough to beat cancer no doubt!

r. said...

You really do look great!

Unknown said...

Wow..Im so impressed with your quiet courage. You are a strong woman Leah and I am blessed to be able to count you as a friend. Luv you!