62-Year-Old Mom Asks Daughter to Give Her a Pink Mohawk


62-year-old Janet Sheppard Kelleher loves to laugh, and she loves to make others laugh too.  When she was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time and faced with chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, she asked her daughter Sarah Kelleher to come over and give her a fun and funky hairstyle. They both decided a pink mohawk would be very fitting.

Kelleher of Columbia, South Carolina told ABC News. “It makes me feel really hopeful. “It inspires me to keep positive about anything going on in my life. I don’t have cancer and look at my mom. She’s still happy. She’s still having fun.”

This isn’t the first time Janet Kelleher has faced cancer.  She had been in remission since 2000 until she was diagnosed with breast cancer a second time in May.

“Last time I had cancer, I had my hair braided with little beads on them,” she said. “Sarah came over and I had her cut the braids at the root and sent them to my friends and family to have them pray for me. Then I said, ‘What am I going to do this time?'”

“I don’t think fear is in my vocabulary,” she said. “There’s a certain dread that goes along with having to do chemo and to have extensive surgery because I will have a double mastectomy this time, but you take it one day at a time.

“If you have good support from your friends and family and a good outlook, that gets you through the times. I’ve beat it before. I feel very confident I will do it again.”

Janet’s daughter has selflessly shaved her head in order to make her mom a new wig when she loses her hair.

We wish her all the best!



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