Ava's baldness is quickly growing on me. She still gets quite a few stares and whispers but I am learning to smile and ignore them (as well as learning to pack the sunscreen in my purse EVERYWHERE I go, even when it's cloudy!) Today Liesel saw some boys pointing and heard them whispering about the little girl with cancer. I figured that would be the assumption. I took her to another dermatologist on Friday to get a second opinion. Basically she (the doctor) said the same as the first. Alopecia is very difficult to treat, and there is very little that can be done, especially when it onsets at such a young age and over such a large area of the scalp. She gave me several options, one being "what she would do if it were her daughter". That is all she had to say to make me agree to try it. It is a topical cream that is usually used for warts, but somehow, sometimes, makes hair grow. No promises, but we decided it was worth a try. Funny thing is, after the appointment, Hope asked me,"Mommy, why do you want Ava's hair to grow now? She looks so cute with her bald head!" I am so glad everyone in the family agrees, "she looks so cute with a bald head". I loved watching Simeon carrying her around in front of all his soccer teammates today, as proud as any brother could be.
Meanwhile, here is a rare picture. Ava wearing a hat. It lasted all of 3 minutes, but at least I got a cute picture of her. For your (and my) blogging enjoyment.