Dear Mr. Hemsley UPDATE


So I won.

Why isn’t there an exclamation point after that, you wonder? Because won. I get a fancy, human hair wig.

Don’t get me wrong. I am excited and very, very proud that my persistence and communication worked. 

I have built myself a platform from which I wield a wee bit of power. I was able to use my anger, and that of so many of you who shared my original post, to prompt a change. So far that change is going to benefit me and me only.

It is indeed progress and I do not want to discount that in any way. But I do want to use this momentum to promote this cause. I will get a fancy wig because I fought and I have a corps of soldiers who helped me. What about the single mom who doesn’t have time to fight? Who is going to fight for her wig? Who is going to call her insurance company and insist upon further review?

We have to. Us. I’m looking at you. 

A wig for every woman with cancer should be a right and not a privilege. We shouldn’t have to harangue executives at insurance companies to make this happen. It should be standard.

I am but a lowly housewife with a Bachelor’s degree in Italian Translation. I do not know how to change this standard myself. But I do know how to start a conversation. Let’s talk about this, guys. Bring it up at your next HR meeting. Ask a friend if they knew that cancer patients were not protected by any legislation for a single ‘cranial prosthesis.’ Ask your cousin who knows something about healthcare lobbying to imagine that this was her, her mother, her daughter. Send this to a news source if you have a connection.

We need to talk about this. Me and thousands of women around America are suffering through a disease that will rob us of not only our health, but will also brand us with the scarlet letter of baldness, which most automatically equate to weakness.

We are far from weak. We may be bald, but we are mighty. Help us fight for the dignity of a ‘cranial prosthesis’ during treatment.

Summon the Oprah voice (does anyone know Oprah? Can you forward this to her?)…


4 Comments Add yours

  1. JoAnn D Kirk says:

    Who needs a $2,000 human-hair wig? I think they are creepy, kinda like a blood transfusion.

    Great wigs through the American Cancer Society top out at @$120. I cannot help but think of what that $2,000 would do for someone in need of real health care/medication.

    And wigs suck, no matter what kind. They feel like shit on your head. I would rather wear a pretty scarf. And I did.

    But it is nice that you feel that you accomplished something.


  2. Rhoda says:

    Awesome! Your energy, despite the chemo assault, is impressive and energizing!!


  3. Betsy says:

    Fight on! I found synthetic wigs easier to care for …once a good stylist cuts out half the hair, they look quite good…obviously it’s relative…before u know it you’ll have cute crazy short hair again. Day by day !💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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  4. I wonder if I can get a wig out of United Health Care. I have no wig benefits.


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