|Look Different? Advice From Maddy|
much rather someone asked me about my crutch, my bald head and my other
"strange" looks than the stares I get. I don't like walking down the street
bald, or even wearing a scarf sometimes. I prefer to wear a hat. But when
I do, people comment on my appearance. The worst reactions I get are from
girls about my age --
time to take action! Go outside without your hat or wig or scarf on your
bald head! Paint a design or put a temporary tattoo on it! Wear midriff
tops and shorts so the world can see your scars! Decorate your wheelchair
in bright colours so NO ONE can possibly miss it! Be loud in public! Go
dancing! Show the whole world that we will not go quietly into that good
night! Show them that we choose to be strong and to live and to be ourselves!
We are not victims! Show them what living is all about!
Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Last updated: May 21, 2000