“My whole life, I’d hid behind my long hair”
Shell’s hair, she explained, held great meaning to her. It was a defense; a wall — something with which many girls can resonate, particularly shy ones. For Shell, her hair was a representation of her feminine identity.
Shell’s hair was a defense mechanism: It was a means of obscuring the parts of her that she was too afraid to display openly to the world. Losing her hair meant losing that buffer, that defense — a thoroughly terrifying concept. Unfortunately, chemo goes hand in hand with hair loss, and Shell was forced to accept that harsh reality.