Wig Bank Helps Boost Cancer Patients’ Morale
Nearly three weeks after her second round of chemotherapy, Joyce Wassick of Bruceton Mills, looks like she has more hair than she’s ever had before.
“It’s nice to be able to look into the mirror and look good, even though I may not feel well,” said Joyce, a cancer patient at the Mon Health Medical Center Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center. “I knew if I was going to wear a wig, I wanted to have something I never had before. I’ve never had this much hair.”
Joyce, a member of the Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary, also took a test run as a blonde, but her family and friends agreed: It just didn’t suit her.
Thanks to the Mon Health Medical Center Foundation, individual donors and the American Cancer Society, anyone experiencing hair loss, for any reason, can visit Mon Health Medical Center’s Wig Bank to receive a wig, scarf or hat – for free. The Wig Bank is located in the Infusion Center.
“When you have a cancer diagnosis, you have so much to think about and so much expense,” said Joyce. “The wig bank takes some of the guilt away, so patients who want a wig, scarf or hat can stop by, try some on and take what they need – without feeling guilty about the cost.”
Joyce’s journey began in December 2018. Although cancer didn’t run in the retired kindergarten teacher’s family, when she noticed a lump in her neck, she knew something wasn’t right.
She contacted her primary care physician, Alan Hess, MD. Two rounds of antibiotics later, the lump was still there.
“I just knew,” she said.
She had the lump biopsied.
Dr. Hess broke the news: Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Dr. Hess referred Joyce to Darrell Saunders, MD, an oncologist at the Mon Health Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center.
Caught early, the cancer diagnosis required three chemotherapy treatments followed by radiation.
Joyce’s outlook is positive.
“Everyone here has been wonderful. I can’t say enough about the care and the treatment I’ve received,” she said. “Dr. Saunders is optimistic, and so am I.”
For more information about the Mon Health Medical Center Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center, visit MonHealth.com/Cancer.
To schedule an appointment to visit the wig bank, call (304)285-2622.