Bald and Beautiful: MBBS student gives a unique gift to cancer patients

Anokhi has donated her hair for the welfare of cancer patients on Monday, September 09, she donated her hair with the help of ‘Cope with Cancer,’ an NGO which works for cancer patients. Hair is the crowning glory of any woman. It is part of their identity and femininity. It plays an important part in showcasing their beauty. But this girl from Ahmedabad didn’t let that hold her back and instead decided to help someone in need

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Most of us panic at the sight of seeing strands of hair tangled in our combing brush. This is because of the fear of losing all your hair one day keeps haunting us. Imagine how disturbing it would be for cancer survivors to see themselves without hair.

Sharing the pain of cancer survivors, Anokhi Patel, a 20-year-old and a second-year MBBS student from Ahmadabad, decided to donate her hair which will be used to make wigs for cancer patients.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Anokhi said, “Till yesterday, I had long hair, and, I was so proud of it. But, today, I am bald, but, I am happy with my new look. Yes, I agree, going bald is altogether a different feeling for me. I might have lost my hair, but, when I look at cancer patients, their suffering is far more than me. And, cutting my hair is a very small thing, in front of their suffering.”

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Anokhi is currently perusing her MBBS from AMC MET medical college in Ahmedabad. Cancer treatments may have many side effects, but the most heartbreaking of all is hair loss.

Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body including eyelash, eyebrow, armpit and other body parts. Hair loss does not only affect a person’s appearance but makes a patient feel sicker and affects their overall self-esteem drastically. Some people even suffer from anxiety and depression

“As an MBBS student, I have met and witnessed, a lot of cancer patients during these two years. Their pain and hardship is beyond description. I wanted to do something for them, so I, decided to donate my hairs,” she added.

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She overcame the social stigma over a woman going bald and decided to donate their hair to cancer patients, as it would help them maintain their dignity during their battle with cancer.

“I am happy that my hair will bring back a smile on someone’s face. You can say that I have specially designed a hairstyle for the cancer patients,” said Anokhi, with a radiant smile on her face.

Hair is an important part of our looks and the way we project ourselves to the world. Hair is precious and even more so to someone who loses it suddenly due to medical reasons.

Anokhi regularly goes and meets cancer patients and interacts with them in an NGO in Ahmadabad. She says, I make sure that on Sunday, I meet them, talk to them, share their pain for a while.

Cancer patients have tremendous energy and confidence, which motivates me,” explained Anokhi.

Anokhi’s parents have also supported her decision to donate hairs to cancer patients.

For cancer patients, hair loss is the most stressful and traumatic side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. This effect on their appearance can be a further setback to patients who are already enduring physical and emotional hardship. The patients lose their identity, lack self-esteem and have lowered morale

Anokhi spoke about ways in which people could come forward and help patients, “We all can do our bit for cancer patients. Not necessary donate hair, but, we can give them time, talk to them, share their pain, and just be with them for a while. I have done my bit, and appeal everyone to chip in this movement, in whichever way you can”

Donating hair for cancer patients is both easy and rewarding and anyone can do so. Our hair that takes so long to grow can be made into a beautiful wig for someone who really needs it to maintain a positive body image after her hair is shed due to chemotherapy.