Most of us take our hair for granted. Even if we’ve had more hair than we have, at least we’ve had some. Not all chemotherapy causes hair loss, which is why our Rachel has managed to maintain her head of gorgeous, naturally curly hair throughout treatment for cervical cancer. Only four months ago she tested clear. But early this month the same cancer was found in her lymph system, making more aggressive chemo treatment necessary.

We are sad that Rachel and John have to deal with this while trying to maintain a relatively normal life. But we’re thankful the doctor has offered her better than average odds in beating it. She’s had one treatment (every three weeks for 6 to 8 sessions) and is told she should expect to lose her hair after the next one.

So she’s making plans!

Last night we enjoyed some time at a nearby state park.


Here’s before this morning’s hair cut.

Rachel's short hair

Here’s what she posted on Facebook after the haircut. Short hair will make the loss easier. Not easy but easier.

As you can imagine, Rachel is very dear to all of us. We don’t understand why this is happening to her. She is doing everything she can to make it go away. Maybe you will join us in praying that it does go away.

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12 Responses to hair

  1. Craig MacDonald says:

    Oh, yes. Yes.

  2. JoannaLeMasters says:

    I will be praying, certainly. And Rachel will always be lovely–with long hair, short hair, or no hair. ❤

  3. Kati McKee says:

    Praying for her, and John, and you and Mauri, and her medical team.

  4. Di Murphy says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures and prayer request. We are praying for her complete recovery.

  5. LizW says:

    My heart is breaking along with you guys. So sorry to hear this update 😦 Prayers to you all.

  6. Ridgely says:

    Prayer is a given for all of you. She looks stunning with the new “do”. Hugs to you all. Nothing can eradicate the inner beauty, small comfort I know, but true nonetheless.

  7. Jo Helsabeck says:

    We agree; Rachel is lovely and dear to our hearts. Hank and I are certainly praying for her healing and for endurance and even blessing as she continues the treatments.

  8. Dwaine and Becky Williams says:

    Dear family, we’re sorry we missed you last week when we were in Newberg. We do want to assure you that are prayers are with you and the family and especially Rachel. Trusting for the best for you all through this experience. Love and Prayers.

  9. Millie and Dave says:

    Your friends in GR are praying for all.

  10. Wendy McIndoo says:

    Praying for you all.

  11. Cindy johnson says:

    Love and prayers for Rachel, and family. She is beautiful!

  12. Pam says:

    Beautiful Rachel WILL survive this! I will be praying!

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