Emily Allen quotes her sister friend, Sophia, who is reflecting on her son’s diagnosis and experience of Leukemia. Her son, Jacob, was experiencing hair loss around that time:
I did not cry, not there, but later when going through the pictures of hair falling off.
It’s just hair, you can say but no, it’s so much more.
It’s a statement.
It’s a side-effect.
It’s a mother’s heart.
Words are too small.
I have seen my son’s hair fall off, seen the chemotherapy side-effects, all of them.
It is hair, but it is a big deal It is part of our identity, a part we cut and style and color and pay for to feel prettier.
Without hair we look different, naked, people notice.
I know God was there, counting, every single hair that fell, every tear.
And he is there when new grows back, there in every moment.
I read this here at Rachel Held Evans’s blog.