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A Breast Cancer Story: “I’d Rather Die Than Lose My Hair”

Crystal Brown-Tatum | A Breast Cancer StoryCrystal Brown-Tatum is a courageous survivor of Triple Negative Breast Cancer who shared her fears of hair loss and breast cancer treatment. Triple Negative Breast Cancer is an unique but very aggressive form of breast cancer. In addition to being a breast cancer advocate, Mrs. Brown-Tatum is also an army wife, mother, and owner of Crystal Clear Communications.

As community manager for a breast cancer advocacy group in my former life, I met Crystal when she graciously agreed to share her story of chemotherapy and fear of hair loss. Here’s her perspective:

“In regards to hair loss and breast cancer treatments, I was ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED at the thought of losing my shoulder length hair. I had worn my hair relaxed, long and straight my entire life. I was an one month newlywed who was still beaming over my wedding pictures with a beautiful updo and now I was facing news that I would lose my eyebrows, eyelashes, and glorious crown?

For weeks, I tried to come to terms with the treatment and I honestly thought that I could NOT live as a bald woman. I had decided on how I would inform my family that I chose not to undergo chemotherapy and that I would enjoy the quality of my life and see what happens. When my teenage daughter got wind of this, she told me bluntly that she would never forgive me if I didn’t do chemotherapy and died. That is all I needed to hear.”

To read the rest of Crystal’s story, click here

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