Today I'm taking it back to June 2015, to one of my first big adventures after chemo. I remember being super excited after the last of my chemo left my body, and all the symptoms began to go away. I could finally go out without getting tired, my allergies went away; I felt normal. This trip to Calico was definitely a milestone for me, it was the first time I was out in public without a head scarf. At this point my hair was starting to grow back, but I still felt real insecure......to be honest, I still do. I didn't intentionally take my scarf off, I was forced to. The day was soooo hot! We were in Calico where it was over 100 degrees plus humidity. I had never sweat the way I did that day, it was disgusting.
At first I refused to take it off, but I got to a point where I didn't care what people thought. I'm proud of being a cancer survivor. Once it was off, I felt liberated and chains were broken. I also felt a lot cooler from the heat! I think it's important to remind myself that being "normal" is different for each individual person. My definition of normal that day, was being able to enjoy my day without feeling sick regardless of what I looked like. As my hair continues to grow and my cancer journey stays in the past, I will always look back to pictures. I will make sure to never forget.