How did Mirror Makeovers and Savvy Insights for the Everyday Gal Surviving Cancer and Baldness with a Sense of Humor come to be?
When the initial shock of her diagnosis subsided, Regina began to prepare for what lay ahead. After the surgeries and prior to the looming months of chemotherapy and radiation, she went through her house and posted inspirational sayings and quotes on doors, windows, and cabinets where they would be visible when she needed them most, when inspiration was a must.
Then, during those long months when she had lost all her hair, she began drawing pictures of hair, in different styles and colors, often with accessories, on her bathroom mirror.
At first she did it on a whim – after all, that bald stranger gazing back at her was unrecognizable, and Regina wasn’t exactly thrilled with how she looked. Prior to chemotherapy, her hair had been classic California – long, blond, and beautiful. By the same token, experience had shown her that she and wigs didn’t get along very well, so that wasn’t really an option.
Just for fun, whenever the mood struck, Regina began giving herself a new “look” based on whatever emotions she happened to be feeling. Then, when she looked in the mirror, even though she was as bald as could be, she saw hair surrounding her face. Granted, this hair wasn’t hers, and it was just drawn on the mirror, but it helped her keep her sense of humor intact, which in turn helped her get through some very difficult days.
On good days, when she felt cheerful, Regina would draw the hair of a cheerleader in the mirror complete with ponytail and ribbons and cheer herself on. On her Medusa days, she just grabbed the markers and drew herself with black snakes sprouting all over her head. The possibilities were endless. One day she felt rather regal, so she gave herself that crown she’d always secretly wanted. One day she thought, “I’m still me…I’m still pretty.” Minutes later, the mirror was sporting a blonde bouffant hairdo curling up on the ends with a bow off to one side.
This “mirror meter” accomplished several things. Not only did it take a humorous but honest look at the genuine emotions Regina felt while dealing with cancer and baldness, it let her friends and family know how she was feeling, too. If they saw a motorcycle biker gal in the mirror, they knew better than to mess with her today.
This technique worked so well that Regina designed her book to come complete with markers and illustrations so the fun can begin for readers right away. With these markers, they can draw pictures on their own mirrors to make themselves laugh, to find whoever it is they need to be this week, or even just today, in the ongoing battle of keeping their images of themselves intact.
Regina also produced a music video, “Power,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9choRJAmoYA that tells the wonderful story of two real cancer survivors and shows readers how to use the book.
In all, Mirror Makeovers and Savvy Insights for the Everyday Gal Surviving Cancer and Baldness with a Sense of Humor assists women in developing the attitude they need to not only survive cancer but to thrive in spite of it. The book, in mirroring Regina’s directness and enthusiasm, helps readers change their lives for the better and motivates them to live life to the fullest – no matter what, or whom, they see in the mirror.