August 04, 2020
In life, you may find yourself in seemingly hopeless moments where you think no one cares. But some women who donated their hair to help a friend cover her bald head may give you hope that there's still kindness in the world.
Dana McSwain, a full- time worker, mom of two young daughters, and stepmom to a teenage boy, couldn't believe it when a medical doctor revealed, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, that she had Stage 2 breast cancer.
Not only was the cancer news devastating, but it was even more discouraging to learn that it had spread to her lymph nodes and that she also had the BRCA2 gene mutation, which increases her risk of developing other forms of cancer.
Strangely, McSwain knew of no family history of cancer. Speaking to Good Morning America about her reaction to being diagnosed with the life-threatening ailment, she said:
"It was a complete shock. It’s not just you have stage 2 cancer, it’s you have stage 2 cancer with this genetic mutation that makes you susceptible to even more cancers. It’s a battle for the rest of my life."
MCSWAIN'S EFFORTS TO REGAIN HER APPEARANCE
McSwain, 36, began chemotherapy immediately after the cancer diagnosis, and soon enough, the treatment affected her hair. Realizing that combing resulted in a great deal of hair loss, she decided to shave her head and go bald.
The Charlotte, North Carolina mom, wanting to regain her lost appearance, went online in search of a wig that could be a perfect fit. Unfortunately, her search, according to Simple Most, was frustrating as she only found expensive and odd-fitting wigs.
HELP COMES FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE
Her perseverance in searching for a wig as well as support from like-minded people finally paid off. McSwain's hunt led her to a local moms' group on, where she posted her cry for help.
Fortune smiled on her when Carol Daley Cook, one of the group members, picked up McSwain's message. Cook, whose daughter also attends the same school as McSwain's, then started a campaign to gather hair donations from other ladies. Five more women and a seven-year-old girl chipped in with their hair to make the wig.
According to Daley Cook, the seven-year-old cutie delivered her hair donation with a card, encouraging McSwain to fight like a girl as she battled cancer. "Because girls rule!" the little girl added as seen in a picture if the card obtained by GMA.
Contacting Christine Heinen, owner of Chemo Diva, Daley Cook had the wig specially customized for McSwain. One week later, Daley Cook dropped it off at her house personally.
MCSWAIN'S LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL
McSwain admitted that she wore the wig all through the night as she looked in the mirror and snapped selfies for the first time since shaving her head.
"Cancer is a club that nobody wants to be in, but when you walk through it and realize not only are you not alone spiritually, but you have a community surrounding you, it's an overwhelming sense of strength," she added.
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