I have been going to the same hairdresser for many many years...
Her name is Christine
she takes care of my hair, but more than that we chat and share
it's a relationship that involves a lot of trust
it's rather symbiotic.
I sit in her chair every 6 weeks, give or take
and she has the power to change, rearrange and transform
she does so with skill and a remarkable talent
wearing a smile and an energetic spirit
and never lacks of interesting tidbits which she relates with great animation
I went to see her last Monday
a vase of freshly picked garden flowers in hand
expecting my usual color, cut and friendly chit chat
she was not there...
and a teary eyed receptionist greeted me
Christine had been at her doctor's that morning and she had been diagnosed with Cancer.
She spoke with me on the phone.
She had called into the salon to give another stylist who would be doing my hair
the colour details and products that she uses on my hair
I could not imagine how she had the strength of mind to remember those details
she sounded distraught and rightly so
the harsh news so fresh and raw
what could I say?
It was just a few weeks back she ran the relay for life, a cancer fundraiser in our area
her clients stepped up to sponsor her team
(they raised several thousand dollars)
she ran on an unseasonably cold and rainy day
her dedication strong
and completed the race
her skill and determination will serve her well
surgery is scheduled soon
and depending on the pathology results
there may be radiation or chemo
or maybe both
my thoughts go out to her
and I will do what I can to help
she must think of herself on this journey
gathering around her those that love support and care
focusing now exclusively on healing
listening to the medical practitioners and scientists that will be guiding her
having faith when faith seems illusive
there is always hope
even if it is a dim light in the dark night
The skies have opened up and torrential rain is falling
rain is forecast for the entire week
it's as if
the sky is weeping