On Leukaemia and shaving my head.

by Veronica on February 10, 2013

in Blogging, Cancer

When I was in hospital with Evelyn a few months back, I spent some time in the parents room, hastily drinking a too weak cup of tea while she slept the deep sleep of a baby traumatised by needles and seizures. I met a lot of parents in that room, all of us with that same look on our faces, part hope, part despair.

I remember one mother, her almost four year old son had just been diagnosed with Leukaemia. She’d had to move down to Hobart from Burnie, leaving the rest of her family behind, so that her son could have the treatment he needed to survive.

It’s for families like hers that I am shaving my head. The Leukaemia Foundation helped her find housing and are supporting her through her family’s journey.

When I was in Primary school, one of my best friends was diagnosed with Leukaemia, which she went on to beat. Blood cancers impact on so very many Australian families and the Leukaemia Foundation does their best to support them.

In another month, I won’t have very much hair left. It’s a small price to pay to help raise money for families who need the help that your donations will provide.

I urge you, please donate. Even if you can only afford $2 – that $2 might buy a mother a cup of coffee when she needs it most. It will provide help, support and counselling. It will provide financial assistance. It will be useful.

If you can’t afford anything (and trust me, we’ve all been there) then you can support the Leukaemia Foundation by sharing my page, by promoting this, or by signing up to shave your own head, or colour your hair.

See? My hair is long and shaving it is scary! Make it worth my while and donate. DONATE. Please.


Photo by Amy, who did a great job.

Deb @ Bright and Precious February 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

I am in awe of good people like you who bravely do this. After losing my hair not by choice due to leukaemia, I find myself too traumatised to shave it (9 years later). So I am relieved that others are willing to do it for this important cause. xx

Anne February 10, 2013 at 11:46 am


river February 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I remember when your mum did this last year. Perhaps she will loan you her hats when your head gets cold. I’ll see if there is some place locally where I can donate, there must be somebody here in Adelaide who is shaving their head.
Amy did very well with the photograph, it’s very sweet. Are you going to keep a plait of your hair?

edenland February 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I really admire you for doing this .. off to share now.

Nice to read your words, Veronica xxx

Jen Q-M February 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

You are very brave. I worked with a group of women who did this, I was in total awe. I never thought I was vain but the thought of shaving my head almost gives me a panic attack. So, instead I’ve made a small donation. I hope you reach your target V. God bless you. x

Steph February 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi Veronica,

I have been reading your blog for sometime. You are entertaining and very endearing. I am sorry you have had such a hard 6 months and know how much strength you have to keep your head above water! Keep paddling you will make it out into the sunshine!

I just wanted to mention something seeing as though you are cutting your hair off anyway, maybe it would be suitable to dontate it to pantene beautiful lengths? If it meets the criteria they can use your hair to make wigs for ladies going through cancer treatment that have lost their own http://www.beautifullengths.com.au

You are a great person and I hope you raise lots of money for such a worthy cause!

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