A mother’s love knows no bounds, but the same can be said of her children.
When Melanie Shaha started having headaches, her doctors quickly discovered the cause: a benign pituitary brain tumor. It was the size of a plum and greatly affected the part of his brain that regulates hormones related to metabolism, growth, and stress.
In 2003 Melanie underwent surgery to remove the tumor followed by a second in 2006 to complete the job. It seemed to have done the trick at first but, years later, it came back. This time, radiation therapy was part of his treatment plan. Months later, she started losing her hair.
“Having no hair, you stick out like a sore thumb and well-meaning people can say things that break your heart,” Melanie said. “I don’t mind being sick, but I do mind looking sick. I prefer to blend in and not stand out in the store.
Still, Melanie made the best of her situation and focused on the good in her life. Then, years later, her son Matt Shaha shared what turned out to be the perfect plan: donating his hair so his mom could have a wig.
“It’s kind of funny how it happened”, Matt said. “My hair started to get a little long after I graduated from college. I went to a school where we had some sort of strict dress code. I just said jokingly, maybe I’ll draw you a wig , and then it just clicked.
Melanie was incredibly moved by the gesture, although she insisted that if he needed to cut his hair for any reason, professional or otherwise, she would understand. But Matt was determined to let nothing stand in the way of his mother getting the perfect wig — out of Melanie’s six children, Matt’s hair is the closest match to his own color and texture.
Over the course of two years, Matt diligently researched how to grow hair fast, the best companies that turn human hair into wigs, and everything else needed to ensure he could not only deliver on his promise, but the do it in the best possible way. .
Meanwhile, he kept quiet about his plans for a very long time, not wanting to draw attention to himself.
“Matt was silent for a long time,” Melanie said. “He didn’t acknowledge that he was growing me a wig for everyone. When we finally got to the end and he acknowledged what he was doing at work, people made a fuss, you know.
Finally, after two years, it was time for Matt to shed the 12 inches of hair he had lovingly grown. As you can imagine, many tears of joy were shed that day!
“Seeing what it did to him meant the world,” Matt said. “I didn’t expect it to mean this much until it actually happened.”
Now Melanie can don a hand-sewn wig made in California by Compassionate Creationsand she couldn’t love her new look more!
“The color is spectacular and we had it cut and styled with a hairstylist,” she said. said. “Matt said it looks good on me.”
We couldn’t agree more with Matt! We are so happy for Melanie and can’t imagine how proud she is to have such a caring and generous son. If you ask Matt himself, however, he’ll insist that what he did wasn’t hard at all.
“It’s a no-brainer”, Matt said of his decision. “She gave me the hair in the first place.”
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