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Karmic Beauty: Going Pixie with Locks of Love

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By Lindsay Tharp

I have always looked enviously at women with short hair. I would always think to myself, how did they get the guts to chop it? What made them take the plunge? I’m not just talking about a short bob, I’m talking about the women who rock the short pixie cuts. I think there is something so brave about short hair. When you go that short you have nothing to hide behind. Almost all women I meet or see with very short hair have a certain confidence surrounding them. Don’t get me wrong I love long hair, but there is something to be admired about women short hair. It’s like they are saying, “I know I’m beautiful, I am comfortable in my own skin.”
Here is a quote that sums it up nicely-

“With short hair you begin to crave pearl necklaces, long earrings, and a variety of sunglasses. Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style.” – Joan Juliet Buck for American Vogue, c.1988

This quote along with knowing my 14 inches of hair would go to someone who needed it, was my final push. So I made my appointment at Ten Salon with the lovely Dana Starr.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Locks of Love here is a little more about them:
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

• Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
• Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
• Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
• We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
• Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
• Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
• Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
• 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.

Locks of Love was the motivating factor that allowed me to muster the courage to cut my hair. I thought to myself, even if I don’t like how I look with short hair at least I know someone will be getting a nice long wig. Not only do I feel great about donating my hair, but I am also really enjoying the new do!

Goodbye Breast Cancer, Hello Faith

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Lena Jordan
By Virginia J. Pillsbury

Lena Jordan was a nine year breast cancer survivor when she graced the October 2009 issue of HealthSource magazine.

When the cancer was confirmed Jordan remembers her reaction: “I crossed by legs, folded my arms and said to my doctor, ‘what are we going to do?’” Because it was an infiltrating carcinoma and had already veined out into the breast tissue, Jordan and her husband Wayne opted for a mastectomy, which she had in early November of 2000. She and her husband also decided that Jordan wouldn’t have reconstruction. While at first she hid her scars from her husband, one day he comforted her by saying, “You were in a battle for your life and those are your battle scars – they are nothing to be ashamed of.” Jordan says that her Christian faith helped her fight that battle. “I prayed that I would not be faint in spirit, mind or body,” says Jordan. HealthSource, October 2009

Jordan kept a journal – well, actually she filled seven journals, during her cancer treatment journey. “It was real therapy for me to do that and I wrote about the good and the horrible times,” she says today.

She met the right people along the way, and those journals are now a book “Goodbye Breast Cancer Hello Faith: Laughing when there is Nothing Funny.” It is a tribute to her faith in God over the last thirteen years. “This book is not about my cancer as much as it is about my faith in God,” says Jordan who says that she learned to “laugh in the storm and trust God to do the impossible in her life.”

Now a thirteen year survivor, Jordan continues to praise God, love her family and help other women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Fight Cancer All Year: Local Events Benefitting Breast Cancer Research

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By Shannon Pulusan

The fight against breast cancer requires the combined efforts of every individual. We may not all be doctors caring for patients or lab researchers seeking a cure, but we are a community eager to maintain the health of our neighbors.

Beyond the month of October, there are a number of local events promoting breast cancer awareness. This year long effort encourages people of North Florida to participate in the mission against a serious disease. You may walk, run, or even bike marathons to generate research funds. There are also social gatherings that equally inspire the hope to overcome breast cancer.

Here is a list of local breast cancer events in North Florida:

  • August 26, 2013, 7-8:30 pm: Breast Cancer Support Group at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (takes place every following Monday at the same time & place)
  • September 21, 2013, 8 am-5 pm: The Inaugural Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival at the Jacksonville Landing!
  • October 12, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.: 2013 Boobsapalooza at Lynch’s Irish Pub, at 514 First Street North in Jacksonville Beach, FL
  • October 14, 2013: Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Event
  • October 19, 2013: 2013 Komen North Florida Race for the Cure® at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL
  • October 16, 18-20, 2013: SenioRITAs at Sawgrass • Tuesday, October 1, 2013 5:30-7:00 pm: SenioRita Kickoff Party • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6:00 pm: Party and Auction at Sawgrass Country Club • Friday, October 18, 2013 8:30 am: First Round Play Begins at Sawgrass Country Club • Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:30 am: Play Continues • Sunday, October 20, 2013 8:30 am: Semi-Final & Final Matches
  • Pink Ribbon Golf Classic • Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6:00 – 9:00 pm: Tee Off Cocktail Party • Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:30 am – 2:00 pm: WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ocean & Lagoon Courses • Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Underwood Jewelers 330 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • November 10, 2013: 5th Annual Bike 26.2 with Donna
  • February 23, 2014, 7:30 am: The 26.2 with Donna Marathon Relay
  • April 4-5-6, 2014: The RITA Championships

Mark your calendars and bring out your pink!

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