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Unread 12-28-2003, 06:56 PM
There goes the hair!

I started noticing some tenderness in my scalp Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Sure enough, day after Christmas, when I ran my fingers through my hair I'd come away with anywhere from 1/2 dozen to a dozen hairs. When I took a shower Friday morning the tub was littered with hair. Fortunately I have very thick hair. I went ahead and got myself a wig on Friday. I went down to visit my sister. Her husband is in the Coast Guard and she cuts his hair. She had a pair of clippers so I figured I might as well go for it. She clipped my hair to 1 inch overall, then trimmed the edges to try to even it out a bit.

I'm trying to get used to it. Then again, it'll probably ALL be gone shortly so I doubt I'll have time to adjust. It actually "feels" great. But when I run my fingers through it it falls out all the faster.

Hope everyone had a great holiday. I'm so glad I was able to start chemo on a schedule that allowed me to be feeling well this week.

Take care

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Unread 12-28-2003, 08:24 PM
There goes the hair!

Hi Limbo,

Oh how I remember that day!! I also had and still do have very very thick hair so It really did take a while for it to all come out. However, I never actually went all bald. I did have whisps of hair that I just could not let go of.

The scariest day for me was, like you, the morning shower when the tub was full of hair. I was almost afraid to look in the mirror and I had to go to work that day. Well, I remember screaming, ranting, raving, and then pulled myself together, put on my wig, and went off to school (I am a teacher). My wig was soo close to my own hair color and style that everyone just thought that I had gotten a haircut.

Once the initial shock is over, the rest can be comical if you let it be.

Be Well...

Unread 12-28-2003, 08:59 PM
Thank You Limbo

Dear Limbo:

How I admire your strength and that of all the women who have gone through chemo and radiation and speak so honestly and candidly of their experience. I don't know what lies ahead for me yet. I have my second appt. with rad/onc. in January but just reading about the strength you have as well as the concerns encourages me that whatever may come in the future I will hopefully be as strong as you and Rosalie and all the women who have undergone these treatments. Thank you for your encouragement!!!

Wishing you well,

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Unread 12-28-2003, 09:11 PM
There goes the hair!

s Limbo

I found waiting for my hair to free fall more stressful than being bald. Once my hair was gone, I discovered I was done grieving it. I wore my wig exactly one time and discovered I much preferred caps and hats. Your brows and lashes will most likely stay around a bit longer and then they will return the fastest when chemo is complete. In the meantime, enjoy not shaving your legs and notice the sensation of a breeze on your scalp. Nothing quite like it.
Best wishes to you.

Unread 12-29-2003, 11:12 AM
There goes the hair!

Hi Limbo,
Boy, do I remember the tender scalp and the hair on the shower floor! I had my shoulder length hair cut short just before I started chemo, but even so, it was traumatic for me when it began to fall. I had my hairdresser shave my head because it just seemed easier to deal with.

I wore caps and hats rather than a wig. I found too that my head got cold at night, so I wore a little night cap to keep me warm. I ordered a couple of hats from this web site, plus it will give you lots of ideas:

Someone here mentioned she was getting a semi-permanent henna tattoo, an idea I loved and wished I'd known about at the time.

My other bit of advice is to pamper your scalp. I massaged my head when I watched TV with a little jojoba oil scented with rosemary, geranium or parsley essential oil. My hairdresser also insisted I come in weekly for a 10 minute scalp massage - heaven!

Keep your sense of humor, and as Karenann says, enjoy the breeze on your scalp! Your hair will come back, and it is fun to see it go through various stages of growth.

Unread 12-29-2003, 11:35 AM
There goes the hair!

When my doc first told me I'd need chemo I think I was most upset about the hair loss. I guess because I like my hair... one of the few feature about myself I like. But I've gotten used to the idea. I'm not happy about it, but I can deal. I am trying to cope with a sense of humor. I wanted to have a mohawk look for a few minutes while clipping it short, but apparently my sister didn't know how to do that. And it's kindof fun having it so short. I can already feel the (cold) breeze through what's left. It's certainly a different and not at all unpleasant sensation. Having it so short and falling out is kindof prickly. I bought one of those "sleeping caps" from the headcovers site a couple weeks ago and I wore that last night to try to catch what comes out at night. It's pretty itchy. In a way I'll be happy when it's gone. Not enough to go ahead and shave it off now, but I think it will be more comfortable.

I also think I will go the hat and cap route, too. I don't much like my wig, but I got it anyway because there might be an occasion where I'll want to pretend I have hair. It just screams "WIG!" though.
Unread 12-29-2003, 01:35 PM
There goes the hair!

Hi everyone.

I just read through all the posts about hair loss. My cancer didn't require any treatments beyond surgery, and therefore I didn't experience this, but all I can say is, you ladies are AWESOME! If such an experience is ever in my future, I know I'll feel the support (and great humor and positive outlook) of such a great group of women.

They say that you can find a blessing in everything--and you are proving it!

Unread 12-29-2003, 08:19 PM
There goes the hair!

Hey, Limbo. Wow! You brought me back to that day when I was in my car, calling my sister on the cell phone and absent-mindedly running my hand through my hair when all of a sudden I noticed about 6 hairs in my hand. After that, I couldn't stop my hands from going to my head.

I, too, had the scalp tenderness. When it started bothering me too much (about 2 days or so later) I called my hairdresser who came to my house and shaved my head for me. My other sister came to give me moral support. She took pictures, too, and some of the pictures she took are the best pictures of me. I can't explain the look on my face, but as scary as it all was, I think there was a certain peace of mind that showed through. Acceptance, perhaps. Whatever, some people think I'm really crazy for liking those pictures so much.

In any event, what surprised me is that there's so much about the "no hair" and "really short hair" that I like! In fact, so many people have told me that I should keep my hair this length (it's now about 1" - 2" long).

I found the wig to be really hot. I never wore it at home. Then, I got to the point where I stopped wearing it around my neighborhood and then, I stopped wearing it at work (it just got too itchy!). That was sometime in November when my hair was less than 1" long. After a while, people stop staring.

I guess we've all got to find our own comfort zone when it comes to hair and wigs.

What I might suggest, though, is that you bring your wig to your hairdresser. She'll cut and "shape" the wig to better fit your face. Many people didn't know that I was wearing a wig. It just looked like a really nice "do".

God bless us all: hairy, bald and in between.
Unread 12-30-2003, 01:24 PM
There goes the hair!

Hi Limbo,
I have read some of your posts and your situation is similar to mine. I had my first chemo on Dec. 12. I started losing the hair on Christmas Day. The day after, had my daughter buzz it off as it was getting very annoying having handfuls come out all the time. I like to wear the hats and caps around the house and put "hair" on when I go out. Have not found a wig I really like yet. Maybe we can hang in there together :nose:
Unread 12-30-2003, 07:02 PM
There goes the hair!

Hi, All of you ladies are so amazingly strong! I admire you. I had TAH/BSO for Uterine Cancer. My pathology reports came back with most slides showing I had advanced pre-cancer cells, with just a few slides actually showing stage one cancer. The doctor said that in my case the original biopsy I had done most likely removed a good portion of the cancer. He did not recommend chemo or radiation for me. I'm curious. The ladies that had uterine advanced was your cancer that you are requiring the chemo and radiation? Thank you.

God Bless You All!

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