Thank you Bernadette - maybe I am just too anxious. Oklahoma summers are very hot and I was really hoping to have some hair so that I would not have to wear a wig.
Yes - I did shave my head and I am not sure that was the best way to go - but I did it.
I really appreciate the encouragement - it almost makes me ashamed that I am so concerned about 'hair' when it has been such a miracle that the doctors were able to remove my tumor and give me hope for a longer life.
You made me smile about the ease of no hair - and it is cheaper! I am amazed at how many thing I 'don't' buy at wal-mart now!
Hello Ellen - did you have any other issues with taxotere? how many years did it take for you to get hair? no eyelashes? eyebrows?
I am trying to not panic ...
This is encouraging - my hair was also very thick and grew fast. The opthamoligist at my appointment yesterday said he could see a few eyelashes coming back [but those follicles must have been magnified 100 times:>]. I guess I can always wear bangs to cover the 'no-sparse' eyebrows.
My eyelashes were so blonde before it took a lot of mascara for anyone to know I had any - i may just have to learn to wear a lot of eyeliner. My hands are still dark - looks like i dipped my hands in the coffee pot. My nails have lots of ridges [actually one broke off completely]. I am still having little tingles in my hands and feet that i sometimes notice more at night.
I really appreciate everyone's responses - makes me have hope!
Pam in Oklahoma
I too had Taxotere, but mine was combined with Adriamycin. My head hair did not come back until I was almost done with radiation. It was very thick before, and not quite as thick - especially on the top - but according to my hairdresser, I still have more than most people.
My eyebrows came back, but very weird and wild. I have to keep them trimmed most of the thing. Lashes are not quite as thick as before, but are ok.
I also had trouble with toenails - big toes - coming loose. The nail bed must have had some nerve damage, because they are still that way. Oh well, that is minor.
I am almost 8 years since being diagnosed and 7 1/2 years since finishing all treatments.
hi kitty - thanks so much for the information. i am also having problems with my nails - do you mean that after 7 years you still have problems with them?
With my big toe toenail - yes. According to my podiatrist, the nerves were probably damaged by chemo and the nail can no longer attach to the nail bed. I just have to be careful not to let them get too long so that I bump them, or they come up. Not fun then.
Good luck and God Bless.
but will they grow back eventually?
or is this permanent?
Thanks Anthi - i am beginning to get fuzz in spots but the spots are few and far between and the fuzz can be felt but not really seen. The fuzz is colorless and there are probably on 4-5 hairs that actually have some color at the base.
I know I should be thankful for my life - and I am - but I am so ready to 'look' more normal - this is the hardest part.
I appreciate everyone's comments and support.