All my life, my hair has been my signature, my “manestay.” My hair was the feature by which I was most remembered: a thing of beauty and a force of nature that roared my arrival everywhere I went.
I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer, and the treatment plan is unforgiving. My hair will most certainty be a casualty of treatment without intervention.
But I have learned that I do not have to be resigned to this fate. There is a therapy that can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy that has an excellent success rate for improved hair retention. Called cold-cap therapy, it involves freezing the scalp before, during and after chemotherapy to deflect the chemo from attacking the hair follicles. It has been used overseas for years; it is safe and effective.
The great news is that cold cap therapies are now available in major cancer centers across the US. The bad news is that receiving this treatment is prohibitively expensive and not covered by insurance. In my case, the cost of the treatment is $4500.
That is why I am asking my friends for help.
It’s not just about vanity. It’s about identity. And not just for me: studies confirm that patients who retain their hair have increased treatment efficacy and survival rates.
So please help me save my mane! Please give to ManeStay!