Shave Party

I know, I know…it’s been awhile since I posted. To be real honest, I just haven’t felt very good. Not terrible, but not good. The fatigue and nausea has lasted longer this time around. But enough complaining. Let me tell you what happened last Tuesday…

First, this gal was the mastermind behind Tuesday. She was, as always, thoughtful and amazing in taking something that pretty much sucks (losing your hair) and making it into something that was a celebration of another step taken forward. She is the best. Seriously.

Shave Party: Kris
She gathered a few friends and family for dinner.

Shave Party: Dinner

My aunt and uncle from Lawton were even able to make it to dinner.

Shave Party: Family

Shave Party: Dinner

Shave Party: DinnerThese sweet folks brought me an assortment of beautiful scarves and hats. My friend, Sarah, couldn’t make it, but sent what is the best hat ever. It, however, is to be used AFTER chemo for celebration.

Shave Party: Best HatIt’s a mohawk with places for drinks on either side and, of course, straws for easy access. Looks like Bryn is already scoping it out. Yikes!

Then we headed over to the salon for champagne, strawberries and shaving.

Shave Party: StrawberriesShave Party: Alan and Jenny BeforeHere is Alan and I before.

Notice how thin my hair is, especially on the sides. I started losing my hair a lot over the weekend. Every time I would brush or wash my hair, I’d get something similar to this:

Chemo: Hair

Pretty gross, huh? Sorry. Just keepin’ it real. It was pretty horrifying.

Back to the party…Katherine (my lovely hair stylist/friend), gave me a taste of what things woud look like as we grow my hair out. Here is the bob:

Shave Party: Jenny Bob

Here is the pixi from afar:

Shave Party: Family 2

By the way, I was so happy that my brother, Rob, and sister-in-law, Jennifer, were able to come. My sister, Keri, is holding them in this picture. They were kind of high maintenance in the sense that they had to be carried everywhere, but we were glad to have them anyway!

And, of course, we had to do the mohawk:

Shave Party: Jenny Mohawk

Bryn and Ty helped with the shaving:

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This is what Hayden and Josh did.

Shave Party: The boys

This is where I got upset because I told Katherine I just wanted it cut shoulder length. 🙂

Shave Party: Jenny

Bryn was most excited to draw a face on the back of my head.

Shave Party: Bryn Drawing 2

My friend, Cara, and Bryn:

Shave Party: Cara and Bryn

Crowd shots:

Shave Party: Crowd shot

Shave Party: Crowd shot


Shave Party: Ty and Alan

Shave Party: Hayden

The end result on the floor.

Shave Party: The HairAnd the end result with the best friend a girl can have.

Shave Party: Kris and JenAnd, to continue the support and love…I showed up to work the next day wearing a scarf for the first time only to be greeted by these amazing coworkers, all wearing scarves in solidarity.

ScarvesI really feel like I have the best family and friends ever. Feeling very blessed so thanks to all of you.

15 thoughts on “Shave Party

  1. So happy this became a celebration of you and your strength and beauty. That’s a lovely shaped head with a gorgeous face and smile. Who needs hair, anyway? Hugs to all!

  2. You are blessed with so many great friends and family! The hat looks great on you and on Brynley! I guess you always wonder what you would like without hair….and you don’t have to worry about that anymore – you rock it! Continued prayers!

  3. You obviously have the neatest, most creative, fun friends ever! And what a great workplace to be so totally supportive. But then — you deserve it!

  4. You are loved. You look great in all the looks! That smile compliments all of them to perfection.

    BTW I agree, Krisan is the best. I might be biased though lol.

  5. You are so beautiful, Jenny!! What an incredibly special night! Great job, Krisan!!! I love that you got to see the styles you’ll have as your hair grows back. I’m so happy that you have such an amazing support system of friends, family and co-workers!! You are loved!! Xoxo

  6. Thanks for sharing – They all worked hard to make this less traumatic.
    The kids seem to be handling all pretty well. Stay strong — these treatments will be over soon.

  7. What a wonderful story of such supportive friends and family! And, what a healthy way to tackle this step of chemo!! You’ve got this so beat!! I’m continuing to pray for you daily. AND, I SOOOO wish I could have been there too!

  8. What a wonderful night of celebration! I guess you can wear the hat early if there is a really good excuse! Hugs and prayers!

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