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Topic: Hair (07/04/19)
- TITLE: Guinea Pig Shower
By Joanney Uthe
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We knew it would happen. We had even asked the doctor when it would happen. Approximately six weeks from the start of chemo. That would put him about time for the annual Youth Group retreat the next week. We still were not sure if he would be able to go. The rest of the senior guys had discussed shaving their heads in support of him, so he planned to shave his on the retreat if he kept it that long. Obviously, his hair had not waited.
We had met with the retreat organizers to discuss what he would need if he did go on the retreat. We wanted very much for him to go since it was his last one before graduating high school. Would it be in his best interest, healthwise? How much of the activities would he be able to do verses just sitting out? These were important considerations that needed to be worked out. But in the end, it didn’t matter. Two nights before the retreat started, he went into the ER, neutropenic and with a fever. He would not go on the retreat.
None of the senior guys, nor the leaders, followed through with the plan to support him by shaving their heads. Sometimes I wonder if they would have done so if my son had been on the retreat, but we will never know. That is a lot to ask a teenage boy to do for a best friend, let alone a casual friend. Especially since a few of the guys had long hair.
My older son, however, did choose to walk around a college campus in frigid winter temperatures with a bald head to support his brother. During the entire eight months that my younger son went through chemo treatments, my older son faithfully kept his head shaved. He was a bald Santa in the college play. His bald head gave him opportunities to ask for prayer and give updates on his brother to his friends and professors at the Christian college he attended.
I am very proud of the strength of character that both of my sons showed during this challenging time in our family’s life. But I can do without the guinea pig, er clump of hair, in my shower.
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