East Tremont hair salon owner diagnosed with cancer credits community's support for her comeback
An East Tremont hair salon owner who was forced to shut down her business after getting diagnosed with cancer finally reopened her doors Sunday.
Sedonia Bonnie Croom was welcomed back after she endured treatment and support from all of her clients.
Croom has had her shop on Crotona Avenue since 1967 and during all her years, she never missed a day of work. But that all changed this past summer when she was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Four months later, her door was back open.
Clients were packed inside Croom Boutique on Sunday afternoon, excited to see their hair stylist and confidant once again.
Croom has been undergoing chemotherapy since June and after some much-needed time off, she reopened her salon to clients.
The journey has been tough, but one she says is worth fighting for.
The Bronx native said the experience opened her eyes to how precious life is.
Croom added that she would not be back without the customers she serves every day.
Croom still has more chemotherapy treatments ahead but she said that when she is at the salon, she feels most alive.
Croom's journey through cancer even inspired her to build new private rooms in her salon to cater to clients who may also be going through chemotherapy and prefer a more private visit.
Her clients have also set up a GoFundMe to support her journey.