Luckily for Mary, Dr. Sigrun Hallmeyer , an oncologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital , in Park Ridge, Ill. suggested she try a new breakthrough treatment option when she received her diagnosis. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year and is designed to reduce hair loss for breast cancer patients. The treatment is called the Dignitana DigniCap Scalp Cooling System. It involves head gear that looks a little bit like a swimming cap that is filled with chilled gel. This narrows the blood vessels and keeps the chemotherapy away from reaching the hair follicles.
Yogi Bhajan told us this story about hair many years ago at Women’s Camp in New Mexico: Recognize how beautiful and powerful your hair is—when you keep it, you live a life of fulfillment in this world. When Rabindranath Tagore, the great poet who found God within himself, tried to meet a friend on a steamer ship, the friend didn’t recognize him and so wrote him a letter. “We were on the same steamer, but I didn’t find you.” Tagore said, “I was there.” His friend said, “I understand you are now a God-realized man, and I would like to know what your first action was when you became aware of the Oneness in all” Tagore said, “When I realized the Oneness of all, I threw my shaving kit into the ocean. I gave up my ego and surrendered to nature. I wanted to live in the form that my Creator has given me.”