Atlanta, Georgia – When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, the first question that typically comes to mind is “Why?” Of course, no one should have to hear the words “You have cancer,” whether you care for them or not. It’s a disease whose impact is felt far and wide.
A 17-year-old girl from Georgia battling cancer for the second time decided to stand against the disease by shaving her head before the chemotherapy treatment causes her hair to fall out.
McKenzi Middlebrooks, who was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 14, learned around Christmas that not only had her cancer returned after two years in remission, but that she would also be battling neuroblastoma this time as well, ABC News reported.
“I had a perspective where cancer and chemo kind of control your life,” brave Middlebrooks told ABC News. “I wanted to take control and basically say chemo and cancer can’t decide when I lose my hair. I want to. At least that was one thing I could have control over.”
“So yesterday I shaved off my hair and as you can tell I was so emotional,” she wrote. “And a lot of people wonder and ask, ‘why don’t you just wait till it falls out?!’ And my answer is I always shave my head before chemo gets a chance to. I don’t want cancer having so much control that I can’t even decide when I lose my hair. So yesterday I went ahead and shaved it all off.”
As of posting, the video had reached more than 2.7 million views and 44,000 reactions since it was posted last April 17.
Many persons who responded to the McKenzis Fight Facebook post shared that McKenzi touched their hearts and sent words of encouragement to her.
Truly a story of bravery and hope!