Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bald Is Beautiful / And The Winners Are !

Be Prepared.
The photo below is a little bit scary !
Much worse than any 'moon' you have seen so far.
This is one of those random posts that appear here quite often.


Top Ten Reasons for Having Chemotherapy and Losing Hair:

10. When driving to work, never have to wonder, worry, or obsess if curling iron was left on.

9. No gut-wrenching decisions about having a perm, getting a short cut, or wearing it long and wavy.

8. Gray hair? No problem. . . it no longer shows.

7. Can take on new personality according to wig and/or hat style and stay in character all day.

6. Fun and exciting to elicit startle responses by appearing in public with nothing on head except a bow taped on top.

5.Have a great belly laugh at being mistaken for Demi Moore (GIJane), Sigourney Weaver (Alien) or better yet, Andre Agassi.

4. Save money on shampoo and conditioners and spend it on hot oil head massages . . . body massages if there’s enough oil.

3. Can entertain people sitting behind you by drawing pictures or writing messages on back of bald head.

2. Get revenge at the hair-stylist who once over-charged for a bad hair cut by telling everyone she is responsible for this “new style.”

1. Have ample time to sit in front of mirror, watch hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows slowly grow back, and get priorities straight.

PART TWO of this Post:

What Is This Man Doing Contest # 3 Winners: DRUM ROLL Please

Here are the contestants:











Katie T






I will post the real story about "What This Man is Doing" later this week but wanted to mail the prizes out tomorrow.

Because there were so many wonderful entries, I could not make a decision. I have decided to handle it this way:

The first 3 contestants named above to comment on today's post will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card or the glow-in-the dark commode lid. Name the prize you want to receive.

Please e-mail your snail mail address to:


The other contestants may go here to claim your runner-up prize.


Congratulations and Thank You to all.


Blogger Matt said...

I crack up b/c I always think your moniker is Swamp Itch.

It's that part of me that still thinks flatuation is funny if the guy next to you on the bus is drunk and then starts giggling about it and everyone says what the hell it is kind of funny.

Those are good justifications for chemo. I particularly like the daily self-reinvention. I would wear a mustache.

10/18/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Holy frijoles Swampy! You are gorgeous even without hair...and you did forget Ms. Sinead!!

I loved the list, that is just classic. However, I really don't feel I deserve any prize since you are the one that came up with the phrase!! (oh, and in case you didn't realize..the C is now back to Claudia to avoid further confusion..)

10/18/2006 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger Karmyn R said...

WOW - even without hair you are one beautiful lady!!!

Another OMG moment for me - you look NOTHING like I had imagined. You know, the whole Swampwitch thing had me with a vision much different.

10/18/2006 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

Hey you forgot to add the greatest thing about kemo and losing hair... when my mom's hair grew back it grew back a different color anddddddd think as you wouldn't believe she had a whole new hair type to work with sooo if you didn't like it before you get a second chance;)

10/18/2006 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

did i forget to mention you looked beatiful in your pics? if I did im sorry, you did beatiful!!!

10/18/2006 07:59:00 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Mirror Mirror on the wall
who's the fairest of them all

..... heheh

ya don't look like a witch to me

10/18/2006 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

Gee Swampy, I don't know if blogger has a vendetta against you or not, but first it wouldn't link to your profile, then your site took about 10 minutes to load! Anyway enough whining, I just stopped by to thank you for the post/comment you left today (the long one).

First off I have to say that not only did I piss myself laughing, but also that I had absolutely no trouble reading it. You see, that's how my comments look before I spend the required 5 to 10 minutes correcting them (it can be an hour for posts). I have never left a comment without at least 2 previews before I publish.

My problem is diferrent to yours (it's mechanical rather than symptomatic), but I guarantee you that the results are the same. You see I play keyboards and the natural motion of the fingers always supercedes and spelling conventions (plus I don't touch type and I have fat fingers)

It is extremely rare for me to write more than two words without transposition. I probably should have left things as they were so you could see, but being a technical writer, that is an anathaema to me so I just have to fix it, it's ingrained. But trust me my first draft and yours are identical.

As for your health issues I am very familiar. My best friend of over 30 years is dyslexic (and co-incidently, a teacher ) and my mother died of cancer. So you have my total empathy.

Lastly, is that really you in the picture?

Just so you know, even after correcting all the transposed letters, it still took 6 previews to get to this stage, and now I'll publish. OCD and anal retentive are two terms that come to mind.

10/18/2006 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Alison said...

You're beautiful.

10/18/2006 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger mysti said...

Wow you are one gorgeous lady! Great list especially the last one on that list.


10/19/2006 06:52:00 AM  
Blogger G said...

Working my way backwards: Congrats to all of the winners of the WITMDC! I love the top ten, particularly #6. You are beautiful and adorable all at the same time.

My niece is a leukemia survivor - she is now 21. She too shaved her hair while going through the treaments and looked adorable, but her hair also grew back in a different color - it's beautiful. Hey, there should be some upside of going through this hmmm?

Swampy, thanks for sharing. You're a special lady with a very special glob.

10/19/2006 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger BarnGoddess said...

lol, swampwitch, you are great! I found strength and humor in your post. You are one hot bald chic!

yeah, I agree with Pamela, you do not look like any witch I ever saw.....

10/19/2006 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Kathy - you.are.beautiful.bald. You are beautiful with hair as well but not everyone can pull of the bald look.

Great post!! {{Hugs}}

10/19/2006 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Silly Hily said...

Oh my heck (as Julie would say b/c I know you like to keep your blog clean) you are beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, natural, amazing, pretty.....I could go on and on.
YOU are beautiful.
I love your list too. I'm a firm believer (even though I've never actually been through it) that having a positive attitude is half the battle of kicking cancer in the a-double s. You rock and are such an inspiration.

And for the record, WT's "moon" frightened me much more than your bald head. (Sorry WT, but you know it's true.)

10/19/2006 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Silly Hily said...

Blogger is not being cool at all. It totally ate your last comment you left me and kept it. But have no fear, my comments are e-mailed to me and it didn't eat that. So, I did see your comment about my ears being gone and yelling "Silly???" and it gave me a wonderful laugh. :-)

10/19/2006 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Matt: Better SwampItch that substituting the -W- for a -B- !
If I had thought about it, I probably would have worn a mustache, too.

Claudia...the globber formerly known as C: Religious Beans! ?
Thanks for the compliment. I would have listed Ms. Sinead, but I didn't know how to spell it.

KarmyN: Actually, there are two previous pics of me. One in the Babes' Fest post and another on my web site listed on the right side of my glob. (wtih hair)

Wolfbaby: My hair did grow back curly. It was still the same color though. Thank You.

Pamela: Maybe not look like a witch, exactly, but sometimes I ride my broom and have that witchy little cackle-laugh.

WT: Yup! I think Blogger has read too many posts with me calling him BloggerGlobber and just doesn't like me. Now you have me worried. I can be classified as symptomatic and mechanical. Oh my! Anathema?
Come on WT, now I'm having to use my dictionary just to translate.

I am so sorry about your mom. So many posts this month, readers have shared their stories about losing loved ones and friends to cancer.
And yes, that is the real Swampwitch at a whopping 99 pounds.

Alison: Thank you and thanks for visiting today.

Mysti: Thank you and enjoy your class.

LWTLSOHH: (giggle) Glad your niece is doing well. There were many upsides to having breast cancer.
As I mentioned earlier, my hair grew back so curly and it had always been very straight.

BarnGoddess: Thanks. Well, I didn't consider myself hot. Actually, I only consider myself hot when I'm experiencing power surges.

Ladybug: OK, I typed it three times. Ladygub Lalydbug and then
Ladybub: Finally, got it right.
Thank you. Tests will be over soon. ((Julie))

SillyHily: It's ok...I can handle someone saying "What the hell" on my glob. Thanks for the compliments. And especially knowing I'm not as scary as WT...his feet are more than scary. I feel great after seeing that post.

10/19/2006 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger brian said...

Hi SW,

Finally found some time to come by.

10/19/2006 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Well Praise God your head is shaped just perfectly! Your pulling off the bald look just beautifully!

10/19/2006 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Brian: If Globber cooperates, your Rainbows poem with be my post tomorrow.

Vicki: This was several years ago. I have a full head of hair now and am C.A.N.C.E.R.F.R.E.E. !!! Thank you.

10/19/2006 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Tiggerlane said...

What a beautiful head you have!! And so brave of you to post these photos...

I can't get over how pretty you are!

10/19/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Ms.L said...

I like your head!
I think you're beautiful too:)

10/19/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I once sat behind a guy on the bus who had a shaved head and he'd tattooed eyes on the back of his head. It was kinda creepy sitting behind him. Just think of all the fun you'd have scaring small children! :-)

10/19/2006 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Mindless Dribbler said...

Yes, Bald IS Beautiful...

Absolutely love your sense of humor and your outlook on life.

I'm with everyone else...the "swampwitch" had me expecting someone green.

10/19/2006 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Did I win? How does this work? I got the drum roll to play. Thanks, I had to go through quite a production to set that one up. :)

10/19/2006 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Karmyn usually says what I'm thinking if she comments somewhere before I do, so ditto ;).

Heck, EVERYONE said my thoughts before I did. That's what happens when you leave town...but you know that, too, huh? Gonna try to read a few more before I have to bounce off....durn, I hope I can make a contest next time!

10/19/2006 01:44:00 PM  
Blogger Susan in va said...

WAH!! I'm too late, aren't I? Oh well....Poo.

On another note - you are drop dead GORGEOUS, woman! Even without hair! Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

10/19/2006 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Tiggerlane: Thank this point I'm contemplating having my head shaved again with all these compliments.

MsL.: Thanks. I can't find your trivia contest.

Heather: Believe me, I was teaching school at the time, and scared plenty of my students. :)

Mindless Dribbler: Isn't if funny how we create a visual of a person when we have only words for descriptions? Actually, I am green now.

Matt: See what happens when one reads the entire post? That was a test just to see if bloggers actually read l.o.n.g. posts. You have a choice of a B&N gift card or a glow-in-the-dark commode lid.

Robin: There will always be another contest... Hans provides a lot of material.

I'm off to get my head shaved.

10/19/2006 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Susan: Actually, you aren't too late. Only you and Matt actually read the instructions. E-mail me at swampwitch06atgamildotcom

10/19/2006 02:51:00 PM  
Blogger Sunrunner said...

Ack!!! How did I miss this!! Oh yeah, OT and then home sick. I think your pics are great!!! How long ago was this, if you don't mind my asking?

10/20/2006 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

This was 15 years ago.
Thanks for asking.

10/20/2006 10:33:00 PM  

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