I promised some weeks ago to address a couple more cancer issues that not everyone thinks of: the hidden expenses of cancer. Everyone knows that health insurance and treatment for major illness is not cheap, but there are so many other expenses associated with a cancer diagnosis that go beyond those obvious costs. They are particularly hard on a young adult such as myself, and they are not contained to the months you spend battling the disease. A cancer diagnosis creates major lifestyle changes that remain in place for the rest of your life.
When I was diagnosed, I had just left my job managing a bakery. While I loved my co-workers and still enjoy the macarons, the arduous commute and bakery hours were just not practical. My plan was to enjoy the holiday and start looking for an office job (my degrees are in political science and justice) in the New Year. That plan never came to fruition, as I was diagnosed on December 14, 2012, one day after I turned 24.
I’m Lysette, one of Lolly’s Locks’ original recipients-turned-volunteer. I originally came to Lolly’s Locks as a recipient two and a half years ago. When I was diagnosed with cancer the day after my 24th birthday, my husband and I knew we were in for a long battle. I was no stranger to cancer, having lost my mom and my best friend to the disease; at the time of my diagnosis, my grandmother was fighting cancer as well.
Luckily, at the time of my diagnosis, Lolly’s Locks had recently opened its doors, and I was accepted into the program. The wig that I received through Lolly’s Locks made it possible for me to maintain the sense of normalcy and privacy that I craved during treatment, and, thus, had a huge impact on my sense of wellness while I was sick. I knew from the beginning that I would one day apply to volunteer or work for this amazing organization. It took some time to get back on my feet and in the position to be actively involved in the world again, but now that I am, I’m thrilled to be part of this team.