Cancer... Now What?
I received my cancer diagnoses….Now what do I do?? For a full year, I lived life focused on cancer, my appointments, tests, radiation, and chemo treatments, Everything I did and everything I planned to do during that year centered around my cancer. Then it was over…
My job was waiting for me and I was looking forward to going back to work. I loved my job and the people that I worked with. They were like my second family. Why did I no longer feel content?
It felt like I was a different person, and I was. Part of me realized that all those suppressed feelings that I pushed aside were trying to let themselves come out. I HAD CANCER! Nothing around me changed. The world went on without me. My own little world had been altered significantly. This was a time for reflection and reevaluation of my life and how I wanted to live it.
Like many people, my family was always at the forefront of my mind. Since I didn’t work for several months, I had a lot of family time. What an eyeopener it was to realize all the small and sometimes big things that I missed while working full time.
Looking into my future, I knew there were two important things that I wanted to obtain: 1. More time with my family. 2. Make a living while giving back to the cancer community. Thankfully, it didn’t take me long to figure out how these goals could be accomplished.
During my chemo treatment, I had lost my hair. It was much more difficult to accept than I thought it would be. After trying several head cover styles, I decided to create my own. I had a lot of fun with the fabric patterns and they helped me feel so much better about myself. There was something empowering about embracing my hair loss and enjoying my new fashion statement. There was also the bonus of receiving many compliments on my head scarves.
This got me thinking of creating head scarves for others who had hair loss. I began with head covers for women. My young nieces opened my eyes about making head covers for children as well. They had seen me take off my head cover and they were devastated for me. They both said that they were never going to cut their hair and wanted to grow it out like Rapunzel. Now they both help me by modeling my children’s head covers.
I started my business, Inspirational HeadCoverings. With my business, I can give back to the cancer community in two ways: 1. My customers love my scarves! It gives them the confidence to feel good about themselves. 2. I give a minimum of 10% of my proceeds back to the cancer community.
Life is good!… Working out of my home enables meet work around my family’s schedule. Most of my family is very close, but my daughter lives in New York City. I get to visit her at least once a month which would have been impossible with my other full time job. The letters I get from my customers keep me inspired to do more. And finally, giving back to the cancer community enables me to give help to those in need. I couldn’t ask for a better purpose in life.