I know that by doing the Penguin Cold Caps it can help preserve your hair during chemo, but there is still some hair loss that can occur. I have been waiting for the time in which my hair would start to shed a little. I was so hopeful there would be no shedding after my first round of chemo. I made it to the second round of chemo with no shedding, but yesterday it happened a little.
I had the first chemo on 3/2 and literally had no shedding until yesterday (3/23). I am very gentle with my hair and barely comb it with the wide tooth comb each day to avoid any additional stress on my hair. Up until yesterday I would only get a few hairs out of the comb (maybe 4-6). Yesterday I combed one side and got at least 10 hairs. I combed the other side and the same thing. I combed the back - same thing. Yikes! Later in the day I still noticed more hair coming out in strands.
I was told there would be days of shedding but everyone's reaction is different. I thought maybe I was going to get by without it but......Oh well. As long as it stops soon I will be OK. I know that the hair down south shed for about 5 days at day 13 after chemo and then stopped shedding. There is still some hair left (maybe 25%) so I am sure it will go soon now that I had chemo number two. No one told me when I got diagnosed that I would get a free Brazilian! I am not sure if that is a bonus or not....I think my husband may think so though. (Like I really feel sexy right now....ha!). I hope the shedding up top doesn't last for many days......oh God please let it stop!
At night to protect my hair I sleep in two loose braids and put my hair in a satin sleep cap and sleep on a satin pillow case just to avoid any pulling on my hair since it is longer. Right now I am still in my braids...afraid to take them out and see the hair again! Oh, it's going to be a long day and potentially a bad hair day at that since I have not been able to wash my hair since last Saturday! (I have a hat for today and can wash tomorrow...but I am scared to wash now!).
I guess I have officially changed my obsession for my boobs over to a new obsession - hair! At least with the boobs no one can really see anything - they are under my clothes. With the hair it's just right out there for everyone to see - including me all day! Yikes! For now I am going to continue to have hope that my hair will stay with me. It just hast to, right?????
I am a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a neice, an aunt and a friend. I never thought I would hear the words "It's not good. There are cancer cells". December 8, 2010 changed my life forever. This is my scary, long, enlightening journey through breast cancer. I hope that my words help others facing a similar situation or those that love someone going through breast cancer. I don't know where the road in front of me leads, but I know that Breast Cancer won't define me.
"Don't spend time worrying about how you are going to die. Worry about how you are going to live today"
Friday, March 25, 2011
I am shedding....a little!
Labels: Breast Cancer, Hair
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i loved what u wrote :) hope u are doing better now!!! god blessReplyDelete