Chantry: I agree w/ what Judy said. Don't shave your hair. Think of your hair like that of a new baby. You know how wierd a baby's hair can grow, well your hair is having to do the same thing. Just try and be patient. It will come in nice and full.
Hi guys, so happy to hear that your hair is coming in Bernadette. I'm glad to say mine is in, gray and very short but it's there. I'll probably continue to wear my wig at work but I can't wait to get it off at the end of the day. My hair is thick enough that it makes my head hurt to wear a wig. I wear a cap when I can.
Nights get cold don't they...hair is definitely more than just for looks in Colorado. My head gets cold enough that I'm putting a warm robe around the top to keep the heat in.
I'm puzzled by everyone's comments about growing hair while on Taxol - I lost every and I stress every hair I had while taking it. I've been off since October and just know getting hair. Wow, it's so different for everyone.
Don't know if any of you can relate but I'm in a bit of a funk... scared about a recurrence and trying to be upbeat and positive and grateful at the same time. I will have a PET scan the 27th and I'm sure that has something to do with all of this. I'm dreading it and wanting it all at the same time.
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone else who's feeling the same.
Hi Kathy and Bernadette... thanks for responding -- I love having someone to talk to who understands. I sometimes think that people in my life get tired of me talking about all of this, I don't share my feelings as often as I'd like because of it.
Kathy you're so right - when I'm busy I don't dwell on all of this negativity. I find that night time is the worst especially if I see or hear about someone dying from cancer. I really get worked up but I'm trying to give myself a break. I think having cancer twice in 17 months has made me more scared of another recurrence than I would be if I'd had a couple of years between. I'm sure I'll feel better after I have the PET scan.
Bernadette you make me laugh because that's exactly what I do -- as soon as I get in the car off comes the wig! I work in a small office (5 people) and I'm starting to take my wig off in the afternoon and wear my cap. By 2:00 I've had it and they all understand.
I haven't been on the site for awhile and I missed hearing from you too. Sounds like you're getting through all of this with flying colors! Hooray for you. Tell me about the ovary stuff. I know that breast cancer survivors have a higher incident of ovarian cancer but is your doctor recommending surgery? And what's going on with your lungs and your spleen?
As far as the radiation goes -- what I determined was it's not as bad as the chemo, but it does wear a person down to have to go EVERY DAY. I should tell you that my first visit was hard on me. I had no clue as to what to expect plus the room where the machine is was a little overwhelming, and everyone has to be out of there when you get your treatment. That scared me and I actually cried, boy did I feel dumb. It doesn't hurt when they do it and my techs were so patient that they took extra time to explain all of it so I wouldn't be frightened.
On a high note -- I'm grateful to have another Christmas to share and I'm going crazy decorating my house. I love all of the lights and decorations!
You guys are the greatest! Thanks for being there.