Hair today……gone tomorrow!
Well, by request, here is a brief hair chronicle. Believe it or not the first picture is 4 months AFTER my last chemotherapy. Most people at this point have a full head of hair…or at least enough to not still look like a cancer patient. I must say, however, that I did have radiation for 2 months after chemo and I was on Herceptin infusions for a full year (8 months after chemo ended) which makes everything grow back very slow! I didn’t really miss my hair that much when I was bald. At least not the hair on my legs and head (did miss the eyebrows and eyelashes). But I have been frustrated with the slow hair growth lately. After 17 months I just feel like enough is enough. I look at my oldest daughter who is 13 and has thick curly hair and ohhh hair envy sets in 🙂
Being bald was an experience all of its own. When you are bald you get a lot of looks, stares and then the barrage of strangers coming up to you asking about your cancer, telling you that their mother/sister/aunt/neighbor/etc. went through cancer treatments, or just saying kind words or that they will pray for you. This is actually very humbling. Funny though how being bald is also an automatic invitation for people to tell you about their cancer experience and sometimes they are not always uplifting stories that you want to hear. If I only had a nickel for each time someone told me that their cousin/grandmother/sister/friend/etc. died of cancer. Suggestion to all of you out there without cancer, don’t tell someone with cancer a story that ends in death. Not a real pick me up.
I’m still going to keep my hats (never liked wigs or scarfs), they still come in handy when I’m having a bad hair day.
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂