By Jenni Ernest-Nassar
I have been told I have a beautiful and symmetrical bald head, which is not something that most people hear in their lifetime, especially if you are a woman.
When I do, my go-to thing to say is, "Thank you, it wasn't really a choice, but I am trying to rock it anyways."
I usually do not need to say anything more than that, because they understand now that I have cancer.
Cancer is a big word. One that brings to mind memories of loved ones lost during an epic battle with an enemy that is not only a part of them, but is almost unbeatable.
That is why I choose to fight my own battle with stage IV breast cancer with superheroes, something I have always had a passion for growing up.
Even as a 33 year-old adult and mother, I decided to transform my daughter's Barbie dolls into better role models by painting on them and turning them into famous superheroes.
When I was diagnosed two weeks before my 34th, birthday it was a no brainer to decide I was going to dress up as these same strong women while I went to my treatments.
I do it partially to show some humor during a not so humorous time, but I also do it to give myself the strength I need to battle on.
It makes me feel like this battle in my body is one that I can visualize and fight like they do.
But this story is not about me, not entirely anyways.
What it is about, is what I decided to do when I met a little girl going through treatment for leukemia.
I met her when her mother came up to me at my daughter's school and said, "Look honey, she has the same hairstyle as you." I think that was the moment I actually started liking my bald head.
If I could be a role model/inspiration/friend to a child that is going through something similar, I would gladly take my hat off.
That night I couldn't sleep. Finally, I woke my husband and told him I came up with a new project.
I wanted to make a superhero for my new friend, but I realized I didn't know any that looked like her - bald.
So I decided I was going to make up a new superhero.
I took another old Barbie, one that looked similar to my little friend and pulled all her hair out.
Then, I painted her in traditional superhero garb and used the colors orange and gold to represent leukemia and childhood cancer respectively in the awareness ribbons.
I then asked myself why couldn't I do the same for other children and even adults that are kids at heart?
Thus, the "Heroes of Healing" were born. A league of superheroes that are made one-of-a-kind to fit the person and fight the cancer.
The next step? Getting them to these cancer fighters.
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