Reality Star Diem Brown Chronicles Her Own Chemotherapy Hair Loss
This is both brave and inspiring.
The Challenge contestant Diem Brown, 30, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, and she’s decided to film her hair loss for People so that other women going through the same thing will have an easily Googled reference point.
A photo of Melissa Etheridge at the 2005 Grammys proved to be the inspiration for Diem’s decision to share this personal transformation. “I remember studying her picture on the Internet, amazed and proud she didn't throw on a wig ... she was bald, beautiful, and strong! She had no fear, and her picture made me want to give early 20-somethings another image they could Google if facing cancer,” Diem writes.
“At my two-and-a-half week mark after my carbo/taxol chemo infusion treatment, I started recording my bi-nightly brushing of my hair ritual in order to show others what really goes on behind closed doors,” she continues. “It's a funny roller coaster, and at the end of the video something happened that really shocked me. I wasn't prepared for it, but my inner Melissa Etheridge spirit kicked in, and I feel proud of how I handled it.”