By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
When radiation treatment recently robbed Megan Turbeville of her hair, she realized just how much she meant to friends and family as a hair cutting party was held at Studio 42 on July 19 in her honor. Not only did Turbeville leave the salon with a very cool “bald beauty” look for the hot summer, but several of her supporters also decided it was time to either go bald or go mohawk.
Turbeville was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August 2010. Due to possible complications, the surgeons were not able to remove the entire tumor and three subsequent sets of chemotherapy treatments were not successful leaving radiation as the next step.
Beginning radiation treatment in July, Turbeville knew that she would lose her hair and made a pact with her friends to get a mohawk haircut together.
However, halfway through the treatment, her hair started coming out all at once so friends rallied for the impromptu ceremony.
Friends and supporters participating at the hair event were Nadine Creswell, Austin Creswell, Dan Doss, Clayton Waite and Justin McLaughlin along with many other friends and family members.
“I have really been touched and feel so blessed by the amount of support and continued prayers that I have received from my Gainesville community,” Turbeville said. “My treatments are going well as far as I feel well and am able to continue daily life. My treatments will end in mid August.”
She graduated from Gainesville High school in 2007 and attended North Central Texas College (NCTC) where she participated in theater and graduated in 2009 with an Associates of Arts degree.
With determination and fortitude Turbeville graduated from Stephen F. Austin in May with a bachelor’s degree in English and a certification in secondary education.
When possible, Turbeville still participates in NCTC theater and works as a bookkeeper at First State Bank in Gainesville.
Excitedly looking forward to the end of her treatments in August, Turbeville hopes to find a teaching position.
She said, “I really enjoyed my student teaching and I hope to find a position close to my family and help cultivate the community in which I myself have grown and benefited.”
Friends and family can be seen sporting T-shirts with Turbeville’s Minions on the front and Team Turbeville on the back. Perhaps a T-shirt and haircut are simple things, but to Megan Turbeville they exemplify the meaning of true friendship and heroic support as she perseveres towards health, happiness and a bright future.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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