Shave it all off. I waited until I looked like a dog with the mange and just stood crying. My husband came in and just shaved it. I wasn't as upset when it was finally all gone. I did forget I had no hair several times while showering and poured enough shampoo in my hand to do a dozen bald heads. LOL
It's one of the first things that I think you can do to let the cancer know you are going to fight.
Say what, I started reading this post under my name and I never had chemo or lost my hair.... I was wondering how the heck I wrote something in a fog? or did I lose my mind? Then I saw Jo-Ann had written it while she was here. Whew did that ease my mind. I really thought I lost it. LOL
Bernadette, I have no idea what you look like since we have never met, but I form pictures in my mind of people and naturally Bernadette Peters came into view. All that gorgeous hair she has and it is being shaved? LOL. How is it going, is the deed done? It is so hard at first, but remember you are munching those little cells with chemo and that is the important thing. Hugs MK
Post Edited (gma) : 9/6/2005 6:49:26 AM (GMT-6)
Well this is my first time posting. I totally understand the hair thing mine was to the middle of my back and has never been short in my life. I am on my third time of it falling out and it is to hot here to wear a wig. The only comfort is no matter how many times it falls out it will grow back. Mine is actually growing in thicker the third time. I just finished my chemo and will be starting rad soon. Dont worry they say that short hair is back in anyway.
P.S. Dont forget the sunscreen if you leave the wig at home.
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Hi Bernadette, I'm glad that you're through that awful drama. I know it was very difficult for me to shave my head the first time and after my recurrence, even though I knew it would come back, it was still hard. I hoped that it would just get thinner and I'd be okay but after a horrible shower with my hair clogging the drain I had it shaved. It is a part of my sadness about having breast cancer, kind of a stark reminder everytime I take off my wig, but as a friend of mine said, "it's for a good cause".
I've styled my wig and even did highlights on it and since it's human hair it looks good...but I still miss having hair. I'm through with my last chemo (hopefully forever) and can't wait to get my hair back. I guess I'm too vain to go without a wig and ball caps don't work in my professional life so it's wig for now at work, and a breast cancer race for the cure cap in the evenings.
One bright spot is I didn't loose my eyelashes or eyebrows this go round! Hooray.