Standing in my kitchen last Fall with the radio blasting life's lyrics from my favorite country station, the ache in these words filled the air. After hearing them, the topic of the song was clear.
Perched along side the radio, the tears flowed. So much circling my mind from those sixteen words ... thoughts of loved ones I personally know battling cancer, and memories of those passed on.
"Phone call came in from her doctor back homeFor me, there's also a personal aspect. Going through some medical challenges, the loss of my hair was a real possibility. Although I've been blessed with my dad's very thick hair, I started to lose it by the handfuls last February.
The cancer had spread and she threw down the phone
She looked in the mirror, tears running down her cheeks
Said if it all falls out, baby what would you think?" (Lyrics)
Despite this, I was one of the lucky ones. I'm managing things much better, and my hair is as thick as it's ever been again. However, the choices I had to make and am still making will forever be a part of my life. And that's ok now, for now.
There are so many levels to medical challenges. With broad smiles, or as many as we can muster, we try not to let it be an all consuming time in our life. However, the waiting hurts .. The waiting to find out; the waiting for treatment results; the waiting for procedures to be completed, and so it goes.
Strength we thought we never had, we somehow find.
And thoughts of those we love ....
What will they do if? ... how can I tell them .... circle our mind more often than we can block them.
Then yes, the thought of our hair. I cried. It isn't shallow. It's just a part of the process.
Whether the fight is cancer or a chronic disease, we know medication plays havoc on our systems, and on our hair.
But those we love and who love us, remind us:
"The heart that's inside is why I stopped and staredTo those suffering much greater battles than mine I want to hold you so tight, and make it go away.
I swear I didn't fall in love with your hair" (Lyrics)
How can we take the pain away for you? We know we can't, but we want to.
If granted one wish, mine would be magical powers to take it all away, for everyone.
A Collaboration with Philanthropist W. Brett Wilson for Cancer Awareness Month in September 2016.
Released September 9th, 2016, proceeds for the song between September 9th and October 28th 2016 were donated to the Canadian Cancer Society and matched by Brett Wilson.
You can find 'I Didn't Fall in Love With Your Hair' on Brett Kissel's sixth studio album, Pick Me Up.
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