While searching for a link to “Dignitana,” the company that make the cold cap I’m using to keep my hair, I got lost in a queue of stories piggy-backing on last month’s MSNBC piece: The New York Post, Chatelaine, the Breast Cancer Site etc. etc. The story spread like Topsy, apparently, and most sites simply credited MSNBC and cut and pasted my quotes. But at least one blog, this one from Black Pride Network, seems to have fed the story into some sort of translator babble machine. Here’s what they say I said, not recognizable as me, hardly recognizable as English:
For some, a advantages transcend a intensity risk. “It’s not only vanity,” says Heather Millar, a repository author who has left underneath a UCSF-tested DigniCap 3 times during chemotherapy for breast cancer and says balding is a many conspicuous badge of a disease. “If you’re using around with a headband on your head, everybody knows we have cancer,” Millar says. “You wish to be means to select who you’re going to share it with.”
Hair detriment also represents one some-more thing cancer rips divided from a woman, Millar says, adding to a prolonged list that includes health and physique parts, a ability to work or a ability to have children. And saying Mom’s hair tumble out is frightening for kids, she adds.
With a DigniCap, Millar estimates she still has 90% of her hair. But she says a procession is unpleasant. The cold can means a brain-freeze-type headache or annoy a skin. “The initial time, we detonate into tears” as a heat neared 50 degrees, she says. But once a scalp numbs from a cold, it feels better.”
This is why the world still needs professional reporters and editors! Not to mention journalistic standards. Oh yes, and grammar.
Here are some of the original quotes:
“But when the 47-year-old San Francisco woman finally cried, the tears fell, in part, at the thought of losing her hair.
“That’s a world you never hope to be a part of,” said Millar, a freelance writer and mother of a 9-year-old daughter. “The hair, it’s not the most important thing, but it’s such a stigma of cancer. The minute you’re wearing a scarf or something, it makes social interactions weird.”
“The cold is pretty intense,” Millar said. “When it starts not to feel good is about 10 degrees Celsius.”