Every good parent does their best to raise kids that are responsible and successful. And Christian parents also try to instill Biblical values into their kids.
Good parents will make incredible sacrifices so that their kids will have a chance at a future that’s hopeful and prosperous. It’s second nature to be their caregiver and protect them.
Then they grow up. And if parents have been successful in their parenting, this strange shift happens whereby their children take care of them.
It’s not usually a sudden transition, but a gradual one. And one occasion when it often shows itself the most profoundly is when a parent has a health crisis.
Such was the case for Melanie Shaha of Gilbert, Arizona.
Shaha began having dull headaches back in 2003. They happened frequently enough that she decided to see a doctor about them. Tests were run, and it was determined that she had a brain tumor on her pituitary gland.
By God’s grace, it was benign, but because if it’s location, surgery was required so that it wouldn’t cause additional health issues. The outcome was successful — until it returned in 2006, was removed, and then returned again in 2017. That’s when the doctor prescribed radiation.
“I asked (my doctor), ‘Will I lose my hair?’ and they said ‘No,'” the mother of six told TODAY Parents. “Three months later, I had a big shed and started losing hair. I was surprised.”
Shaha later found out that not only would she lose her hair, but also her eyebrows and eyelashes. It was a devastating blow to her self-esteem.
During this time, her son, Matt, was home from college and in between semesters. His hair had gotten a bit long and on one occasion during mealtime, someone nudged him about getting a haircut.
The school he went to had a rather strict dress code, which included hair length for guys, and he was enjoying a bit of freedom in that area. He teased back that he was going to let it continue to grow for a while.
That’s when Matt Shaha came up with an idea:
“I could tell that she had struggled with losing her hair, which makes sense. It was always kind of a soft spot for her. My mother, she is a mother of six, a great wife, she’s tough as nails, but this is the one thing that kind of like ate at her. I realized, it wouldn’t take much to grow my hair out for her,” Matt said according to KTVK.
Like any good mom, Shaha felt she was burdening her son.
“I would tell him, ‘I love your hair,’ and he’d say, ‘Coming soon to a head near you!'” she said.
So he spent about two years growing his hair out so that a wig could be made for her. Once it was 12 inches long, he and his friends had a hair cutting party, and sent his hair to Compassionate Creations to form his mom’s custom-made wig.
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“I was not expecting that to be as emotional as it was. It kind of started out as a fun little project between me and my mom but as soon as the hair was long enough and we cut it, it was like this is real! I barely kept it together but it’s meant the world. It turned out so much better than I thought it would,” he said, adding that it’s the least he could do for his mom, who has given him so much.
His mom was thrilled with his gift, and said she felt happy and supported.