Round 2
A Temporary Setback

Hello, Kristen Wiig!

Yesterday was a tough day.

My hair started falling out this past weekend, but yesterday it was coming out in fistfuls. Not only was it difficult to look at, but it was incredibly hard to clean up after, and it physically hurt. My scalp (all my hair follicles, actually) throbbed and I felt achy all over, sort of flu-like. Ah, the joys of chemo!

I already had an appointment to get it buzzed, but that wasn't until tonight, and I didn't think I could stand it for another 24 hours. So I went across the street and had them take off what was left. The poor stylist - I'm pretty sure it was the first time she'd had such a request, and she was nervous about shaving my tender scalp (let's face it: it hasn't seen the light of day in 40 years, so it's pretty delicate!).



As you can see, my brows and lashes are still hanging on, although they do seem sparser. I can deal with losing the former (easy to pencil in) but thoughts of losing my dear lashes make me sad :(

I went back into work today, again sporting my trusty turban (these ones are the best), but anxious to ditch it after wearing it for the last three days.

Enter Kristen Wiig.

I had my final fitting with my new best friend tonight, to adjust for the smooth noggin, thin out the bang area, and have a lesson in how to wash her. Yes, I actually stood at a salon sink and learned how to shampoo, condition, comb out, and dry Kristen Wiig! Too funny.

And then came the real test. If you were in Boston today, you know that it was insanely windy. I was terrified of stepping out onto Newbury Street, with all those perfectly coiffed ladies (it's the Burberry end of the street, not the Newbury Comics end!) and having to chase poor Kristen Wiig down the sidewalk after she blew off my head. But she didn't!

And here she is in all her glory:


What do you think?


Eric Wholley

Hi Stephanie!

I was at a house with friends recently when I saw this pic (the one ont the right) and I thought of you... Naturally, I was stunned to visit your blog after (eesh! Five years?) and learn of your fight with cancer.

I've always admired your courage, wisdom, style, and sophistication and I see you are facing one of life's biggest difficulties with all those qualities (along with some of the best doctors and technology in the world!)

I'll keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery. If there is anything I can do for you - big or small - please do let me know? I'm happy to help.


You look fantastic--both with the wig and without. Thoughts and prayers are with you that when you'll get through this, it's as quickly and painlessly as possible. Hopefully March goes out like a lamb, so walking around Boston won't be as much of a potentially wig-raising experience!



You look pretty darn cute either way - with or without the wig - and I adore all the details regarding Kristen. What adventures! Thank you dfor sharing yourself with me (us) and for all your positive energy! love ya! - Aspasia


Thank you, Anne Marie, David, and Dave!


Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. I was curious who was posting a comment and it took me to your blog. I thought you were some random person in the world wide web - but nope, we worked together and we are connected. I just read about your cancer and got a full heart. Your wig looks beautiful. You are beautiful. I'll be watching you. Your smile is going to kick cancer's butt.

A Facebook User

I love this post, especially the visual of you chasing Kristen down Newbury Street! (Also funny that when you click the link for the salon where you got buzzed, their home page has a banner about "thicker, fuller hair...")

Kristen is fetching, and your smile is radiant! Hope you're feeling as good on the inside.

I like the wiig but I also love your head shaved!


Thank you, Everyone, for all the kind words and encouragement. They really help!

Cyndi Verda-Abraham

Hi Steph;
Kristen wiig is a fabulous look!!!!! We just love it and look forward to seeng you soon. Spike wants to thank you for the harness for riding in the car. We were going to go for a ride today, but ended up vegging out all day. We wil be on the road early tomorrow morning. THANK YOU ! ! !! Our many prayers and thoughts are with you and if you need anything at all please don't hesitate to let us know. WE LOVE you !!!! Love, Ronnie, Cyndi & Spike

John K

I think you look fabulous! Go Stephanie go!

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