The Greatest Shave Adventure…

by frogpondsrock on February 8, 2012

in cancer,Family,friendship,good causes,potential insanity,real life

I would like to start this blog post by thanking you. The words thank you seem so small when I write them down, they don’t really capture the enormity of grateful emotion that swells in my chest every time I receive help from you.

As each email telling me of a donation comes in, I feel an excited *squee* bubbling up and I am so very, very grateful to you.

The section of the internet that I frequent really is filled with lovely, lovely generous people. And due to your help in spreading the word of my shave we are going to be able to help the Leukaemia Foundation help families who are facing the darkest battle of their lives.

Cancer really and truly does suck. It is a terrifying reality to have to face.

It is the little things with cancer that you don’t expect.

I wasn’t prepared for how much I spent on petrol driving to the hospital over and over again, the car seemed to be continually running on empty(as was I) and all other household bills were put on the backburner as the costs of Mum’s cancer came first.

When you live any distance away from the hospital, appointments seem to take up whole days. I don’t think I cooked a meal for my family in the last few months of Mum’s life. I know I certainly didn’t do a scrap of housework.

Small things internet, small things that build up and can cause huge stress in a family.

It is my own experience of cancers destructive impacts upon a family that made me decide to join the Worlds Greatest Shave. I was grumpy with my hair and I saw an ad somewhere for the Leukaemia foundation and BAM just like that I signed up.

Now of course I am shitting myself and trying not to think about the impending haircut, as each time I think about it I start to hyperventilate a little bit.

I am impulsive and I never ever think about the consequences of my actions. I just decide to do stuff. I certainly hadn’t thought about the logistics of actually shaving off my hair until a conversation happened on facebook and I was given a link to this page, Miss Be Shavin’

And before I could say “Roller Derby looks like fun” I had joined up with these girls and the logistics of the shave are all being taken care of for me.

Tasmanian Roller Derby meets ‘World’s Greatest Shave.’
Tasmania’s Derby Leagues will be coming together to support The Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ in Miss-Be-Shavin’.Convict City Rollers will be facing off against Devil State Derby League, followed by South Island Sirens taking on the Van Diemen Rollers

Join us on Saturday the 24th of March at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart as the North and South leagues take each other on in two rounds of this unique sport in a family-friendly event!

I just wont think about the venue, or the hundreds of people that will be there.

I will do my best Scarlett O”Hara impersonation and think about that tomorrow, internet.

On my birthday Veronica took some photos of my hair for me.

After all that hair modelling I was exhausted and the kidlets and I retired to the couch, with chocolate.

If you would like to support meĀ  and donate a couple of dollars I would be most grateful.

So far internet we have raised Raised: $1,508.00

You can DONATE HERE. *grins*

 

{ 21 comments }

Karen (miscmum) February 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

I just donated. I’ve been meaning to for ages. Sorry to be late!

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thank you so much Karen I really appreciate it. And you are not late at all. I am not shaving for another six weeks.

sharon February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’m knitting like a crazy woman so that you have plenty of hats to keep you warm when the wind is blowing freely around your ears ;-)

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Thank you so much Sharon. I am grinning away at the thought of you “Speed Knitting”

Ceejay February 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

Roller derby and Shaving your head for cancer? Now that’s got my attention! Wishing you all the luck in the world Kim. It’s people like you, who keep families like ours, believing in people and the good of the universe! :)

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

It is my pleasure CeeJay, I had a quick look at your blog so I know too well, that you know the dark thoughts that happen at 3 am and wont bloody well go away. If I can help one family I will be happy.

Rhianna February 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

I think what you are doing is awesome. Cancer touches so many people the more we know about it the better. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses to you

frogpondsrock February 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thank you for your support Rhianna, your comment was stuck in with the spam and I only just fished it out.

Elephant's Child February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The cancer that killed my father was quick. That was the only good thing to say about it. We found out that he had cancer of the stomach and four weeks later to the day we were at his funeral. It was a very sucky time. Which had some moments which made us laugh instead of crying. Always a plus.
As you know I have donated already – and did so with great pleasure. You are such a brave, wonderful person and an artist to boot. Seems like too much for one woman.

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Oh my EC that was so fast. We had exactly 12 months with Mums cancer. I saw your donation and I was very humbled by it. As for your lovely compliments I will accept them with grace but add a disclaimer in that I just decide to do stuff, without really thinking about the consequences. And then they seem to take on a life of their own,like this shave thing. I just decided to do it and now look at it, it is getting very big.

river February 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Kim, please tell me you’re going to make a nice tidy plait with elastic and ribbon at both ends, and cut that off before you get the shave. As a keepsake. You could frame it and say things like “remember when…”
I sent you a little money, you should have it by tomorrow or Friday.

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I use lengths of my hair as paintbrushes River. I snip about three inches off and stickytape it to a skewer and use it to make swirly marks on my cups. So I will be keeping my plait for sure. Thanks for sending me some money River, I really appreciate it.

Suzie February 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Nice idea, River.

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I will have lots of paintbrushes Suzie :) a life time supply.

Suzie February 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Ah yes, a lot of paintbrushes. How do you find that? Does it change the look of the painting compared with bought brushes?

frogpondsrock February 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I stick a long lock of hair about 3 inches long onto a skewer and use that as a paintbrush. So I have minimal control over the marks I make. It gives me a freedom that a bought paintbrush doesn’t. I will write a post about it after the shave I reckon.

Suzie February 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Yes, please. With photos.

frogpondsrock February 9, 2012 at 6:50 am

Yes, with Photos :)

Kristy @PampersandPinot February 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

My grandma was 5 weeks from diagnosis to passing. Myeloma. It was awful. Thank you for the energy and attention you are giving this matter.

frogpondsrock February 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

Oh God that is so fast. Elephant’s Child in the comments above you lost her Father in four weeks. The speed of these cancers is just too cruel.

Sidewalk photo February 12, 2012 at 1:57 am

in my country many people had leukaemia, they can survive for years through traditional treatment. one Chinese medicinal herb. I do not know whether the leukaemia can be cured?

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