Why make braids?
In Native American culture, hair is considered an extension of ourselves. It is very popular to braid hair, because that represents the strengthening of the mind, body and spirit. Being strong is hard while going through something tough, especially something like chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant. It's like a reminder of what I need to do to stay strong, and how important that is. Everyone needs a little more strength in their lives, so if you keep a braid on your keys or on your wrist, your strength will always show.