We all panic at the sight of seeing strands of hair tangled in our hair combing brush. This is because the fear of losing all your hair one day keeps haunting us. Imagine how disturbing it would be for cancer survivors to see themselves without any hair.
Cancer treatments may have many side effects, but the most heartbreaking of all is hair loss. Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body including eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, and other body parts. Hair loss does not only affect a person’s appearance, but makes a patient feel sicker and affects their overall self-esteem drastically. Some people even suffer from anxiety and depression.
Sympathising with the pain of cancer survivors, 65-year-old Aruna Malhan decided to go bald and donate her hair, which will be used by Hope for Hair India to make wigs for cancer patients. Aruna says that donating hair is a great way to support people with cancer who have lost theirs. But this is not the first time when Aruna is donating her hair. She says, “I have given my hair twice earlier, but at that time I didn’t go bald. This time I have decided to get tonsured.”
Aruna says that the cause is close to her heart as her mother is also suffering from breast cancer and she has lost three members of her family because of it.
She emphasised on the importance of donating hair and asserted that awareness among people about hair donation is important.
“People have to come forward to know about it. Unless somebody talks about it, how will they know about it? There are a lot of people who have long hair. They can give it, how does it matter. They can grow it back again.”