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Before Starting Chemo Mom Allows Her 4-Year-Old To Give Her Anything Goes Haircut

Millions of people have been diagnosed with cancer. Regular treatments usually start with a surgery. Chemo and radiation are “a must” for every cancer patient.

Although most patients believe that their pain will disappear after the surgery, most of them have to go through long chemo sessions. That’s when the real struggle begins. Patients lose their hair, appetite, weight, etc.

For women, it’s a real nightmare. Seeing your hair fall off is terrible. It’s a real nightmare!

Emilie Orton, 32, was diagnosed with stage-2 germ-cell ovarian cancer. She knew that the deadly disease would change her life completely.

She knew the disease would change the life of her three kids. So, Emilie talked to her oncologist, and he advised her to include the kids in the process.

Instead of watching her hair fall off, Emilie asked her daughter to cut it. Norah, 4, loved it! She really wanted to help mommy, and it was a big experience for both the mother and her toddler.

Emilie took a video of the process, and shared it on Instagram to support her cancer awareness movement.

“I’m feeling scared to take the plunge. Bald? Please no. But it’s definitely time. What if my head is secretly shaped weird? Like a neglected flat spot (is that even a real thing or just my creepy mom brain?) or what if I have a cone-head because I was a ginormous baby when I came out?”

Norah, also known as “Shug” is really into fashion and styling. She took the scissors and finished the job like a pro. A four-year-old pro to be more precise. Emilie said Norah was her “favorite and scariest hairstylist.”

The video caught the attention of millions of people, and they all had words of support for the brave mother and her daughter.

Emilie has been documenting her battle against cancer, encouraging others to be brave.

Cancer doesn’t only “eat” your tissues. It also destroys your physical power and positivity.

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The annoying thing about chemo is…everything. It’s been so frustrating this week. I’ve been in such a dark place. And it has become so real. It’s not all goofy Mr. Clean Halloween because sometimes it really is just the worst. Not only do I feel horrible inside but when I look in the mirror it’s so hard to recognize who I am on the outside too. I was sitting in the waiting room with a guy waiting for radiation a few weeks ago and he mentioned how going through this has stripped him of everything. It really does take so much of your soul it feels like. It makes it hard to remember normal life before this even if it was just weeks ago. And it’s hard to think of normal life after this even if everyone keeps telling you how it’s not so far away. It’s such a lonely slow-motion journey. Life is going on all around you and you can’t process or function or feel anything because you’re so gone. Everyone’s experience and body’s react differently… but last week is when it seriously hit me. I’ve done 52 hours of chemo as of yesterday, and my body has officially collapsed. Ive felt sad when I haven’t been able to lift up Remi because I just feel too weak and my body is so exhausted. It takes away your life until you’re just a body floating through.. in and out of sleep consciousness trying to make it through one more moment to get through the end of the day…in hopes that tomorrow you can feel just a tiny bit better before you have to go back. It feels like someone has emptied heavy cement inside my brain and it’s hard to hear or think or understand anything going on around me. You try to sleep but the steroids make it so your brain struggles to shut off while your ears just keep ringing these loud annoying tones all night long. My fingertips and toes hurt to touch from the nerve damage and all I want to do is see my kids while not lying down and get out of this house that I’ve been in for way too long. Food tastes weird and your stomach feels queasy and you have sores in your mouth that hurt anyway. What the heck happened to normal life? This isn’t a poor em post, but a reality post and a here-is-what-cancer-can-feel-like post. I don’t want to forget how it was.

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“The annoying thing about chemo is… everything,” she wrote after an episode in the hospital. “It’s been so frustrating this week. I’ve been in such a dark place. And it has become so real.

It’s not all goofy Mr. Clean Halloween because sometimes it really is just the worst. Not only do I feel horrible inside but when I look in the mirror, it’s so hard to recognize who I am on the outside too.

This isn’t a poor me post but a reality post and a here-is-what-cancer-can-feel-like post. I don’t want to forget how it was.”

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We came to Arizona with one one-year-old child in tow, having never seen a saguaro cactus before in our lives. I laugh now thinking back about how fascinated we were with saguaros and how we kept taking pictures next to them. Which is the equivalent of taking pictures of grass or a street tree or a rock anywhere else. It felt so strange and unknown. After five of some of our very favorite years on Golden Jubilee Drive, we sold the business and came back to Utah to be closer to our families. We returned with now three kids in tow, and so many fantastic memories. It feels so sad to say goodbye to some of my most favorite humans on earth though. Those people are home to me. Family. The kind of friendships you don’t find every lifetime. I may not miss that desert summer heat, but I sure as heck miss our people and the world our family had down there all on our own. Not only that but the desert smell after monsoons, and the cicadas and the cactus all around, especially during the spring. The pocket parks, peewee soccer, and the splash pad, and everything being so familiar. It was home. Now you better believe there’s cactus decorations all over the house here and it’s funny how we’re trying to understand this place and it now feels strange and unknown. Still laughing that we saw ensigns for rent at the library. My how the tables turn. Life is funny that way.

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The family doesn’t miss a chance to celebrate holidays. They are all-in when it comes to supporting tradition. Once they turned themselves into characters from the Harry Potter movie.

“Knowing that a beautiful baldness was coming my way terrified me and made me cry on multiple occasions, but I tried to think of the best way to make it bearable for this family of mine,” Emilie wrote on Romper. “After all it was not just me going through this cancer journey, but all of us together. And also my hair.”

Emilie didn’t let cancer kill her good will and the desire to live. She had a gorgeous husband and three lovely kids. She wanted to get better for herself and for them too.

Sources:

www.today.com/parents

www.thesun.co.uk

www.romper.com

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