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Kristen Tyrrell: “My Good Wishes Story”

March 11th, 2015

fairyHi Good Wishes Friends! In February, we sent out an E-blast asking for Good Wishes recipients to share their story. One of those stories is shared below. Thank you for sharing your story, Kristen!

Warmly ~ Stacey Wilson, Good Wishes Executive Director

photo 2 My name is Kristen Tyrrell. I just wanted to share my story with you and how the beautiful head wrap I received put such a smile on my face.

I was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer on November 5th 2013 (I’ll never forget that date) I was 32 years old. After being diagnosed, I needed surgery ASAP…they removed half of my colon. (That was the easy part of my journey!)

Next, came the months of torture…six months of chemotherapy.

All the oncology nurses try to prepare you for all the chemo side effects. I know it sounds superficial, but my only question was “what about my hair?!” As much as I hated the idea of being bald, all I could think about was my two young beautiful children. How will it affect them, seeing their mom with no hair…it broke my heart just to think about it.

And, my handsome husband…will he still look at me the same? So of course, I did all my research. From what I read, it told me I might not go completely bald, that my hair would get very thin and patches of it would come out. (That’s pretty much what happened). So I prepared myself…I went shopping…for scarves and hats!!! I found so many cute ones!

Through all my research, I found your website.

When I received my head wrap in the mail, I had totally forgotten all about it. It put such a smile on my face…it was so beautiful!!! I loved the card too, all the kind words were so uplifting!

After looking at it, I tucked it in my draw and thought “let’s hope, by some miracle, I don’t need it!”

After one treatment, my hair already started thinning. I would brush it and small clumps would be in my hairbrush. It was making me so sad and depressed. My husband hated seeing me so sad and upset. We then talked about the possibility of just shaving it….so thats what we did! We talked with our kids and tried to prepare them the best we could.

That was one of my hardest days. I cried pretty much the whole time my husband shaved my head. Seeing all my beautiful hair on the floor, getting thrown away. The hardest was when my kids saw me for the first time. My six year old son thought it was cool! (Thank god!) My four year old daughter ran to her room and cried…it completely tore me apart. I’ll never forget that look on her face, like she didn’t even recognize her own mommy…it was heart breaking.

After that, I pulled out my beautiful head wrap and put it on. I went in my daughters room and laid down with her. We talked, cuddled and gave kisses! She said to me “mommy I really love your scarf, it’s so pretty…you look beautiful” That’s all I needed…I knew she’d be okay!

What your company does is AMAZING and so GENEROUS!!! I can only imagine the impact you have on other cancer patients. I honestly can’t thank you enough!

Thank you!
Kristen Tyrrell
Cancer FREE- 10 months

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Good Wishes Recipient Blogs

February 2nd, 2015


Hi Good Wishes Friends,

It’s Stacey! One of my goals as the Director of Good Wishes is to create an even closer community with each of you who have experienced hair loss due to injury, illness, or treatment. Do you blog? Would you like to share your blog with other Good Wishes friends? We would love to feature your link on our web site under a header: “Blogs We Follow.”

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Ambassador Feature: Kyle Denny

December 20th, 2014

This month we would like to feature the work of a very special Good Wishes Ambassador, Kyle Denny. Kyle, shown below, was a Good Wishes recipient in 2013. She recently hosted a “Fund It Forward” event for Good Wishes, raising over $2,000.

Having also held a fundraiser last year, Kyle was able to simplify planning the 2014 event with the help of the exceptional contacts she had already established. Contributions were made both online and in person, including one donor who contributed $1,000.

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Meet Stacey Wilson – Good Wishes Executive Director

August 11th, 2014

The Good Wishes Program©, based in North Bend, WA, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director; Stacey Wilson. The new Director will be responsible for developing partnerships, fundraising, building community support, coordinating volunteers, overseeing grants and managing the recruitment and development of Good Wishes Ambassadors. In this new role, Stacey will also serve as the spokesperson affiliate and be responsible for sharing the Good Wishes mission. Stacey will report to the Good Wishes Board of Directors.

As a person who has multiple family members and friends who have confronted cancer, Stacey brings her own life experiences in addition to her extensive volunteer training to the Good Wishes Program. Her professional experience includes creating compelling marketing campaigns for non-profit organizations and Stacey specializes in email outreach, content marketing and social media. In her career she has worked as a professional teacher, served as President of the Junior League of Lancaster, PA, Inc., and is a committed volunteer for civic and philanthropic causes.

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