When I went to San Antonio to go see my gyn/onc to discuss the nuts and bolts of what type of surgery I would be having and what to expect. She said I could count on losing my hair before the 2nd chemo treatment... So with this info I went and had my hair cut shorter so that it would be a gradual change for me as well as others around me. What was a pleasant surprise was the day before my hair appointment one of my bosses who plays Santa every year went and had his hair cut and also donated it to Locks for love. What an emotional moment for me.
One of my dearest friends Rachél was able to join me and record this very surreal moment of having my hair cut short so that I too could donate it to Pantene 's Wig program. I was thrilled that my hair was long enough to donate. Erica at Feathers Beauty Lounge was so professional and kind while doing the cut and made sure that Rachél Payne was able to take several pictures to record this event for me.
What I thought was going to be a full of tears turned out to be a such a liberating party for all of us.
So lets fast forward several weeks to when I started chemo... Just as the Dr had told us... about ten days after Chemo my hair started falling out in patches.. I did try to ignore it but the patches were more and more frequent and larger.. My husband said Honey lets just go and get it shaved off tomorrow. I told him that's ok I can go do it during the week, trying to be considerate of what this was doing to him... but he wasn't having anything to do with that. He said " you are shutting me out... I don't want you to be alone when you have this done... Had no intention of that so off we went Sunday Morning and had it shaved off. The young man was so professional as well and gave me several tips on how to take care of my scalp now that it would be exposed more. When he was done and we were getting ready to leave... my husband kissed my head and said you are just as beautiful as you were when you walked in here.
There has been a couple of time that I have forgotten my hat or wig and walked out of the house.. because I have become so use to being hairless. Hubby will just say... so you are going all-natural this morning... and then I realize I have forgotten my hat. So yes we laugh I go grab a hat and and go on.
Now for another funny story... a couple months back I was watching tv and saw a commercial about a curling iron.. and told my husband that I want to order one... he looked up at me and said really? you want to order it today? Then it dawned on me why he was asking me that... Dah Rosemary, it will be a while before you will be needing a curling iron...
So while this can be a mildly traumatic event, several weeks into chemo it just becomes a just one more event in this Journey of Survival.
Please,please do not let the loss of hair keep either you or a family member from taking a suggested drug to improve the odds of betting the disease. I actually met a lady that said her treatment drugs were some that shouldn't cause her to loose her hair because he didn't want to loose it. This lady has a minor child that is depending on her... my heart just broke when I listened to her story. This is why I am posting this bare head in hopes that no one ever makes such a major decision based on concerns of losing their hair.