On the second day of the trip, I wanted to enjoy a day of pure relaxation and hot springs, so I booked a day at Two Bunch Palms Spa. Two of my girlfriends heard I was going and decided to join me.
I was a little nervous to spend the day at hot springs as a bald woman, but I reminded myself to be strong. I reminded myself that I won’t let hair loss stop me from living the life that I want. I wasn’t going to miss out on hot springs – They’re something of an obsession of mine. Growing up in Colorado, we frequented hot springs. I even used to joke with my mom that I was born in a hot spring. There is something amazingly purifying about soaking in hot mineral water while being outside in nature, looking at the trees.
I challenged myself to go without a wig for the entire day. I got changed and put on my robe. Everything was fine until I walked out and saw a couple of women staring at me. My girlfriends spotted some tears in my eyes and were immediately supportive, suggesting that we go grab some tea before heading into the springs. As we walked to get tea, I composed myself. Only a few people said hello to me, but I was okay with that.
That evening, after a day of enjoying the springs and a massage, I returned to the hot springs to watch the sunset. I reflected on the day, which ended up being being incredibly peaceful and relaxing. I felt empowered. It wasn’t easy, but I was strong enough to not let baldness prevent me from doing something I love.
Before I left, I walked around the property. I noticed a beautiful hawk sitting on a statue. When he noticed me, he flew away directly over my head – I think it was a good sign.