Breast cancer can truly steal a person’s life even when they’re still alive. Treatments take up too much of the patient’s time, instead of achieving goals and having fun with others. The disease can physically, emotionally, and mentally drain the patient. Negative thoughts start to creep in, which often start with physical insecurities due to drastic changes. Sudden hair loss is one of the most apparent signs of a person with cancer. The condition results from medications and chemotherapy, which kill hair root cells. It’s saddening, especially when hair is vital for women. Each strand contains their confidence, self-esteem, and beauty. Completely losing their hair is like taking away their crowns.
Some people would wear wigs as a temporary cure — a band-aid for the wounded confidence. And recently, two sisters from Cape Coral thought of another fashionable way to have hair again. They call it the Hat Hair project, which aims to give back to the community by helping other breast cancer patients. The inspiring project happened when Diane DiFelice’s sister started to lose hair amidst cancer treatments. Denise was completely devastated because her condition suddenly felt too real. But Diane did not allow breast cancer to fully win over her twin sister — she had to take action with a sewing machine, a hat, and some hair.
“We’re very close twins. I was not letting her lose her hair; neither one of us do good bald,” Diane said in an interview with NBC2 News. The first product from the Hat Hair project was actually Denise’s hair and favorite hat. She kept some of her hair before she lost every strand of it. “She had a favorite hat she liked, and we put it on that hat. That was basically it,” explained her sister. The breast cancer patient was so happy with the outcome that she wore it for six months. It was indeed a touching gesture that later became their contribution to society. Hat Hair wasn’t meant to make only one single breast cancer patient feel good about themselves. It was the start of regaining their crowns — no woman is left behind.
The idea itself was a remarkable act of kindness, but the sisters were also generous enough to do it for free. Fighting breast cancer does not only mean killing the disease but also the negativity that comes along with it. Women supporting women helps get rid of insecurities, anxiety, self-doubt, and the hesitation to find their will to live. Denise and Diane are exemplary citizens that the younger generation should learn from. Their generosity has reached a lot of people, and surely their help significantly contributed to their healing journey. If you also want to show support for a loved one with breast cancer, you can visit Hat Hair’s website to contact them. You could also donate a hat, which will be highly appreciated.Whizzco