When an Arizona mom lost her hair during a third brain-cancer battle, a shaggy-maned son stepped up, shears in hand, to offer a solution.
Growing golden luscious locks out past shoulder length, he chopped it all off to provide a stylish hair piece for his mom.
Melanie Shaha doesn’t mind being sick, but she does mind looking sick. For 15 years you’d never have known that Melanie had a benign cancer tumor on her pituitary gland.
Two successful surgeries in 2003 and 2006 couldn’t get rid of the tumor permanently, and in 2017 she was prescribed radiation therapy. Three months after starting the new treatment, she lost all her hair.
“Not having hair, you stick out like a sore thumb and well-meaning people can say things that break your heart,” Melanie told TODAY.
However, what started as a joke by Melanie’s 27-year-old son Matt around the dinner table in 2018 soon became a plan. Matt had recently graduated from a university with a dress code that limited hair length, and was looking forward for a bit of time au natural. He agreed he would grow his hair out to make a wig for his mom, who admittedly attempted to dissuade him as the inches accumulated.
Then on March 21st, he chopped off 1-foot of hair that the family sent off to Compassionate Creations, a Newport Beach, CA hair piece company that made a new head of hair for Melanie.
“The color is spectacular and we had it cut and styled with a hairdresser,” she said, adding that it was something special to go through with her son. “Matt said it looks great on me. It sure fills your emotional cup.”