Saturday, March 12, 2011


I’ve loved playing dress-up for as long as I can remember.  When I was little, I had a whole box full of special “fashion” pieces, including boas, clip on earrings, tiaras, and puffy skirts.  When my friends came over, we would dress up in these outfits and play pretend.  We especially liked to pretend that we were movie stars.  Then, in high school, I always looked forward to spirit week, when I could dress up in silly outfits each day according to the theme.  In college, there was always a sorority/fraternity event to dress up for.  And then, being an elementary school teacher, I always made sure to participate in wacky day. every. single. year.  In fact, I never understood why they only had it once a year.  I absolutely love Halloween, for the sole purpose that I get to dress up in a costume/wig and go out and see everyone else looking crazy too.  So much fun!  And I’ll let you in on a little secret:  I still have a huge “dress-up box” that takes up most of the space under my bed… to this very day.  So if anyone ever needs to borrow an outfit/costume, I’m your girl!

Now when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the first things they told me was that I would be losing all of my hair.  Of course, I couldn’t imagine what that was going be like, so I prepared for the worst.  I figured that I would be scared to look at myself in the mirror, and that I would never feel pretty again.  It turns out that losing all of your hair isn’t really devastating… its just annoying!  I feel annoyed to have to keep something on my head all the time (a bald head gets cold), but it definitely isn’t as horrible as all of the other things about chemo.  In fact, I’ve actually been able to think of this time as a few months of playing dress-up.  So, I picked out a few wigs and scarves that I think are fun, and I coordinate my outfits with them.  Sometimes I end up looking not quite like myself.  Its like playing dress-up every day!  Except, of course, on the days that I feel really sick.  Then I just put on a sleep cap or something.

My bald head without any hair on it!  I bet most people
can't say that they've seen this... except for maybe the
day that they were born (if then)! 
Last picture with my real hair. This is the day we went to get it chopped off, because it was shedding so much.

The first wig that I picked out, I nicknamed the “Hannah Montana” Wig 
It's long, blonde, and close to my normal hair, but not exactly.  
It’s a little more thick and puffy, like Hannah Montana lol.


This is the “Other Mother” Wig  
because I’m not sure if Ryan recognizes his mommy in this one!  
I got it because I just felt like something different!

If all else fails, I could always put on my blue
“Katy Perry” Wig from last Halloween!

Here are some interesting wigs that I wore when I was modeling, back in college.  
Can you tell which pictures are of me?


  1. Hey Dana! I know I said it before but I do like that dark wig! It's fun:) It's fun that you get to see yourself with a totally different hair color/style--I have never really seen myself in anything but long/blond, lol. I like the picture with the glasses, too:).

    Those Canadian hairdresser shots are fun! I don't think I've seen them before. I can tell the one on the right is you! I am guessing the one in the blond wig is you, too? I wouldn't have thought so except you said "pictureS" and I knew the other two weren't you so I am guessing that one is!!:)

  2. I love this post since I haven't seen the dark wig yet and it is SO cute! I know I have already taken advantage of your lending costumes (and clothes!) at many occasions but now I will have to wait for my turn to borrow that blue wig since I still love it :) And I'm with Erin on which two pictures must be you but I would have missed the blonde one on the left too without the plural cue. I miss you and want to come visit soon - would next weekend work? Let me know! <3

  3. Hehehe, I love the dark haired wig! You look really good as a brunette, maybe you should become one and join meee =) Blondes don't have all the fun =P Love you and miss you!!


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