Special haircut helps north Florida man prepare for brain surgery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A recent design by Livin in the Cut Barbershop in Tallahassee proves that a haircut can be uplifting in more ways than one.

When James Smith sat in his chair a month ago, barber shop owner Greg Picinic realized that this was no ordinary haircut.

“He says, well, I want you to write ‘cut here’ with an arrow in my head,” Picinic said. “I said okay… he said yes, I’m going to have brain surgery.”

Smith has had seizures for almost eight years. Doctors never determined a cause, but after countless treatments Smith said surgery was his last option.

“A lot of people come in scared, and I was,” Smith said. “I was terrified, but laughter is the best medicine.”

Smith called Picinic with a special request. The drawing said “cut here” with an arrow pointing to wear, surgeons would make an incision for his next surgery.

The design, he says, was to make everyone laugh, including his medical team. But it was also to help himself stay positive.

“You look at yourself in the mirror and I see it,” Smith said. “Reminds me that I can do this.”

Picinic has been cutting hair for two decades. He says that each person in their chair gives them the opportunity to hear their story and help them feel empowered when they walk through the door.

But upon hearing Smith’s story and his persistence, the tables turned.

“It made my day amazing,” Picinic said. “To come in, do that haircut and see the way he approaches his life is absolutely amazing. It’s inspiring.

Almost a month after a successful operation, Smith is still recovering but with a new mission.

“If I can inspire someone to find the humor in this bad situation no matter what they’re going through,” Smith said. “You have to be positive. There is sunshine after the rain.

Smith said he now lived everyday without fear of another seizure.

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