Joe's mother, Mary Ellen, had a fight with cancer a few years ago and won. During the time she underwent treatment, at about age 70, she began losing her hair. She's not a frivolous, time wasting person, so she decided to shave her head and wear a scarf or cap. She knits and crochets beautiful, art worthy items all the time. Prayer shawls for her church; baby blankets and caps for hospitals, etc., etc.
Joe sent her the video of my granddaughter Sydney having her head shaved when her auto-immune disease (alopecia) caused most of her hair to fall out. She decided to knit a cap for Sydney. Below is a letter from Syd, thanking her.
Inside the mind of a 12 year old girl with no hair. . .
Dear Mary Ellen,
I feel so inspired by your story of undergoing treatment of cancer. It moved me that I am not the only one going through this. This also started for me in October of 2012 years ago.
At first I thought that hiding it was the only way to be successful in life, but that was never the case. I kept on hiding it, until it got bad. At the time I have finally figured out who I am as a person, so I was brave enough to shave my head, and got a wig.
As I am still a student I try to keep my grades up and focus my energy on something positive. I am glad to say that I have made A B honor roll with my grade this year, so far. I also put my positive energy into playing violin, lacrosse, and writing songs. Hoping that I could one day get a career in music or lacrosse.
Even if one person pays attention and is inspired about, what I've been through, my music or lacrosse. It makes me the happiest person, for someone like you to take the time to make me a cap.
As I hear most people say, it takes you being a little different than the world to change it. I am so glad that I began to realize that, it makes you and the people around you happier.
Thank you so much for taking the time, to knit me a cap. It makes me realize how I'm making a difference in the world around me.
Some days she wears her wig. Some days she wears her cap. Some days she "rocks being bald". Her words, lol.