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Did I Shave My Legs For This?

No, I didn't actually. However, at this very moment I am working on my beautification. Tomorrow I have an early morning topless photoshoot at my plastic surgeon's swanky studio. The last "before" photo before my last reconstruction surgery. So I'm showering, scrubbing, exfoliating, hydrating, slathering, clipping, etc. A model's gotta look her best...even from the chin-down in a scandalous photo which never see the light of day and will only ever be viewed within my medical file. Still, old habits die hard.

One thing I won't be doing is shaving my legs. In fact I haven't shaved anything in months. Don't be jealous. This is just one of the MANY advantages to enduring breast cancer treatment. But since the worst of chemo is behind me I'll have to start busting out the razor here soon. My bestie, Cristina, gifted me a Dollar Shave Club membership years ago (seriously the most amazing razors). I placed my blade shipments on hold a while back, but I'll soon be starting back up. It's ironic that I enjoyed silky smooth legs all winter long when nobody ever saw my gams, but as soon as the Texas heat hits it's suddenly time for my hair to start growing back. Thanks cancer, you've got great timing. Now I won't bore you with a list of the endless, icky side-effects I've endured over the last few months. Instead, I will WOW you with just a few of the perks!

  • I'm easy to pick out in a crowd. I've had several blind-date coffee meetings with other survivors and fighters and I always assure these ladies that I'll be easy to spot.

  • People tell me I'm memorable- female baldness will do that.

  • Just imagine how much time & money I've saved on shampoo, conditioner, styling products, hair brushes, missed salon appointments, etc. It certainly doesn't offset the medical bills and lost wages, but still a perk, right?

  • I haven't used deodorant in months- may sound weird, but with hormone suppression there's no need.

  • The Texas heat and humidity is no joke, so being bald is awesome! In the winter months it was a different story, but I'm enjoying it now.

  • Some folks might argue that a no-hair day is worse than a bad-hair day, but I fervently disagree.

  • I get a free boob job! Free isn't probably the right term to use since the cost is high in so many other ways..

  • People pity me :)

  • Since people pity me, they've been spoiling my kids! This has been an added bonus I wasn't expecting. Since people have been extra kind and generous to my girls they have remained relatively unscathed through this process.

I can seriously go on and on, but I don't wish to ignite envy within you. So instead I'll be modest and humble and just assure you that there is more I won't rub in. You're welcome.

Oh, and if you didn't get the "Did I Shave My Legs for This" reference just feast your ears on this oldie but a goodie compliments of the lovely, Deana Carter:


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