It's one of the toughest parts of chemo, losing your hair as the treatment attacks cancer cells in your body, also attacking other cells. It's never easy seeing your looks change in the mirror as you find increasing hair on your pillow and clumps in the drain.
But Rosemary Capitolo was determined not to let it get her down. The 71-year-old's granddaughter, Megan Shone, tweeted this inspiring picture, showing exactly how Capitolo is coping. We'd say she's taking it in stride.
my grandma (who is going through chemo) knitted herself some hair this morning. I swear she is the absolute best😊 pic.twitter.com/vB6hW0TFv1
— Megan Shone (@megzshone) October 19, 2014
Capitolo told The Huffington Post that she's been having chemotherapy for two years, off and on, to treat her ovarian cancer. "I'm an avid kniter. I've been knitting for 60 years. I saw a pattern on a website and thought this would be a hoot," Capitolo said. She's mostly just stuck to wearing hats to cope with her hair loss, so the knitted hair wig was a first for her.
Other inspiring cancer patients have also found positive ways to make the most out of their hair loss. The Huffington Post UK reported that henna artist Ash Kumar is working with charity to paint intricate henna designs on patients' bare heads to help empower them.
Though she says she doesn't have plans to knit any more "hair," Capitolo says she'll wear the piece to her chemo treatment later this month. Way to show cancer who's boss, Rosemary.