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Mother-Daughter Duo Write Children’s Book About Breast Cancer After Mom’s Battle
Anyone who’s supported a loved one through their battle with cancer knows how difficult it can be to hear that they’re struggling. If you’re one of the 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States (as of 2016, per Cancer.gov), then you know how difficult it can be to share.
But it’s even harder when you’re a parent who has to tell their child — who many not even know what the Big C is — they they have it. A pediatric nurse practitioner and her third-grade daughter decided to write a book called “No Hair Don’t Care” after failing to find enough literature that could explain to kids what a parent battling cancer would look like. Shaquita Estes and her daughter, Lexie, decided to write the children’s book through Lexie’s point of view and self-publish it themselves with DG Self-Publishing in Arizona.
“I wanted her to know that love will conquer everything, with hair or without hair, I will still be her mommy,” Shaquita told The Newnan Times-Herald.
“I realized that I feel beautiful, I’m still that bubbly energetic woman, I just look a little different,” she said in an interview with USNews.com. “I just really had to embrace it, and it was liberating to be quite honest.”
According to Shaquita’s website:
No Hair, Don’t Care is the story of how a mother and daughter learn to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, and hair loss in particular. During the journey, we see both mom and daughter rely on prayer, love, determination, and a positive attitude to help them overcome their fears.
Lexie and her mom realize that all they need is love to keep their family together during such a critical time. This heart-felt, empowering book allows parents to engage their children in honest and encouraging discussions about cancer.
Join us on this journey as we continue to raise awareness about cancer and how it can affect families, but with a positive mindset we can change the world with one thought at a time.
No Hair Don’t Care has not been released yet, but is available for pre-order on Shaquita Estes’s site EmpoweredWithEstes.com.