Robin Roberts made me cry…again :)! You know what…she has decided to take off her wig and present herself as she is. Since the chemo treatments and the radiation, she has been wearing a wig. She said she now realizes that she was clinging to the Robin of before her diagnosis. That is ok…the wig helped get her through that time more comfortably.
Healing from cancer or any other disease or illness is about more than physical treatments…it is an emotional journey as well. We would benefit from realizing that treatment should include the whole person…physical, emotional, spiritual,medical, financial and any other way that would help to bring total wellness.
There were moments where Robin showed us parts of the process that she was going through. First, she shaved her head on the air during Good Morning America. Then, she showed us her bald head when she “modeled” a dress for a fashion designer. Her beauty, both inside and out, has always revealed itself. Robin has a strong network of support in her family, her friends and her viewers. At times, she seems almost apologetic about how much love and support she has. But, I think of it as inspiration for others; because true support is a lifeline when facing health challenges.
Today, she peeled away the private side of her struggle with the hair loss. She held hands with her co-worker friends and told it all. She wasn’t ready to go “au natural” all of the time in public in the beginning. In private, she did as she pleased…but, i’ll bet she wore the wig not only to feel comfortable herself in public; but also, to make her viewers more comfortable. She said that she didn’t want to distract from reporting the news, in any way, by doing it bald.
As always, i thank Robin for showing the world, through example, how to follow your instincts and do what is right for you in your healing process. There is no single ONE answer for everyone…healing is a personal and individual thing. This is the right time for Robin to give up the wig; as she said…she is ready.
Robin is going to auction the wig and then use the money to donate to an organization that helps those without insurance. She hopes the wig and the money will help someone who doesn’t have the means. She can’t cut her own hair to donate but this is the next best thing to doing so. There is an organization for those wishing to donate their hair in a gesture of goodwill for those in need of a wig; it is called Locks of Love. Their website is: http://locksoflove.org/.