Son grew his hair out to make his mother a wig

September 9, 2022
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When a mom lost her hair due to a benign brain tumor, her son grew out his own hair and cut it to make a wig for her.

In 2003, Melanie Shaha of Gilbert, Ariz., started having dull headaches which doctors later concluded were symptoms of a benign brain tumor of the pituitary gland.

The tiny gland located at the brain base regulates hormones related to growth, stress and metabolism.

Melanie’s tumor — the size of a plum — affected the functioning of her pituitary gland.

“I had surgery to remove the tumor and I had a really great outcome,” the mother of six told TODAY Parents.

The tumor returned, which required a second surgery in 2006 to remove it, followed by a third reoccurrence in 2017 for which radiation was prescribed.

“I asked (my doctor), ‘Will I lose my hair?’ and they said ‘No,'” Melanie Shaha recalled. “Three months later, I had a big shed and started losing hair. I was surprised.” According to the National Cancer Institute, radiation can cause hair loss on the areas being treated.

“Not having hair, you stick out like a sore thumb and well-meaning people can say things that break your heart,” she added. “I don’t mind being sick but I mind looking sick. I’d rather blend in and not stand out at the store.”

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