In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual, national campaign to increase awareness of the disease. As a cancer survivor myself, I wanted to do something special for a breast cancer patient of ours. Here’s an excerpt from our press release telling about Jennifer’s story…
On January 24th, 2014, Jennifer Givens went for her routine mammogram at Katy Memorial Hermann. Ten days, one ultrasound and a biopsy later, Jennifer was informed she had T1M0N0 – cancer in her right breast.
“My first thought after receiving the news was, I don’t have time for this!” says the former Hawaiian Tropic model, now mother of five young girls. “I wanted to go straight to MD Anderson, get a plan of action and get this over with,” says Givens. “But my main concern was my five daughters and how this would affect them.”
Jennifer started chemotherapy treatments, and shortly after lost all of her hair. She knew she needed a wig, but wanted something that looked natural and was similar to her own hairstyle, in hopes her children wouldn’t know the difference.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Jennifer now has a beautiful, new head of hair that looks just like her own – – thanks to Tom Magliaro, owner of TMHair – – a hair restoration clinic serving Houstonians since 1971. Using their line of custom hair “systems,” they have the ability to completely re-create her original hair style prior to her treatments – and restore her confidence during this difficult time.
As one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in women and a cancer survivor himself, Magliaro says he is happy to help support this cause any way he can. “While patients are undergoing chemotherapy, the last thing they need to worry about is losing their hair. Our mission is to help them feel normal while undergoing treatment, and work with them on their way back to recovery. We have found that when people look better, they feel better; and that ultimately aides in their recovery process.”
“I had the best day getting pampered at Tom Magliaro’s,” says Givens when asked about her experience. “I love him and his amazing staff, and I thank them for making me feel beautiful inside and out. They were all so sweet and encouraging. What a great testimony all of them were to my girls on how to show love and kindness to those in need. I can’t thank him enough.”
The custom hair systems can match any color, density and even texture of a patients’ natural hair. The base is customized to fit each patient’s unique scalp. Unlike a factory-made synthetic wig, it is hand-made with real, human hair and treated just the same. The patient can shower, wash and style the hair as if it were their own – they can even go swimming or go to the gym.
For more information on Jennifer’s story or medical hair systems, visit www.tmhair.com.