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Fighting Cancer One Wig at a Time

Donations to the Wig Room strike a blow for self-esteem

“Self-image is expensive,” says cancer survivor Pam Sherbia of the power of a wig.

“Speaking on behalf of women, I know how it feels to lose one’s hair,” says two-time cancer survivor Pam Sherbia of Odenton.
    After her first diagnosis in 2006, Sherbia learned how formidable an opponent cancer is.
    “Cancer has a way to take away everything: your self-esteem, self-image. It alters your role in life and changes the way you live, think and feel if you allow it to,” she says. When cancer struck again in 2012, Sherbia regained a bit of what she’d lost in the American Cancer Society’s Wig Room in Gambrills.
    The room is full of donated wigs free to cancer survivors.
    Sherbia found her groove there, then a job helping other women do the same.
    “Self-image is expensive,” the wig room office coordinator explains. “So many who have bills to pay for the cost of the illness cannot afford to pay for a wig.”
    Last year, Sherbia’s second in the Wig Room, 392 women chose wigs there.
    “I have seen many women come in feeling bad about themselves and leave feeling good,” she says.
    Join in the transformation by donating toward the purchase of new wigs. Donations at www.tlcdirect.org. Send wigs directly to the Gambrills Wig Room.
    Learn about the many resources provided by the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345; www.cancer.org.