“It was in 2006 I lost my beloved grandmom to cancer. She was extremely gorgeous even at the ripe age of 69 years. She refused to undergo chemo as she felt that death was an inevitable event so it was pointless to undertake more pain. “Since cancer alone is painful enough”, she used to say.
During her treatment, I used to visit her every day at the hospital. To meet so many patients undergoing a common illness was gut-wrenching to watch. During this time, I have met so many people who were affected by cancer, from children to old people. So many undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy but all I could do was empathize.
But in the year 2017, I got to do a tiny bit more! I donated hair to a cancer patient out there since they couldn’t afford to buy their own wig. I got to know about it a few years back from a friend.
Until that time point, I was of the opinion that hair donation typically meant shaving your head but that’s not true. You can donate hair of enough length without having to shave it off completely.
They typically look for a minimum of 8 inches of hair (as that’s the minimum to chemically process it). You can just cut it at your own house/ parlour, put it in a zip lock cover and courier it to the Adyar cancer institute, or you can personally go and drop it there.
Ever since I wrote about this on my own page, a lot of my friends and acquaintances have donated their hair. I would like to keep donating more as I move forward and I hope, many more would come forward to do it!”
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