I am now 10 days past my second chemo and 4 1/2 weeks after my first chemo and still have a full head of hair thanks to the Penguin Cold Caps. I won't say this week went by without stress over the hair, but overall it went well. As I was told there will be shedding periods with the cold caps, but you will keep most of your hair. They are right!
The shedding was definitely the worst last weekend. I was so freaked out (read my previous posts!!!). I have never cried over my hair before! I can say calmly today that the shedding has continued to decrease each day. That gives me hope that I can do this and keep my hair.
This week I was to afraid to wash my hair and it is recommended to only wash once or twice a week during chemo if using cold caps. I was so scared to wash but my hair got so gross. I realized yesterday when I went to the gym that I was actually embarrassed to go with my hair looking like that. I guess since most people go to the gym with gross hair, if you are embarrassed to go there because of your hair, it is time to wash the hair! So I fretted all morning and most of the day and by 3pm I bit the bullet and washed my hair.
With the cold cap protocol you wash your hair in cold/cool water so it's never relaxing....so I began and it was not that bad on the shedding. I did lose some hair...more than I would lose before starting chemo, but when I got done, I still had a full head of hair. I keep reminding myself that each time I look in the mirror.
I realized this morning that it IS working well for me. I went to my son's swim lesson (I never go because I am always teaching aerobics classes on Saturday mornings) and felt like every other mom in there. No one would ever know I have breast cancer or that I am going through chemo. My husband introduced me to another dad that brings his son to the same class and it was nice to feel "normal". He knew I taught aerobics on Saturday mornings and can't usually come to class (apparently my hubby told him), I simply said I was off teaching due to an injury right now. That was way better than saying "I have breast cancer" and getting "the look".
So despite being worried over losing hair a bit, it IS working. The Penguin Cold Caps are worth the effort. I plan on ending chemo with my hair and dignity!
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"
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Still obsessing about the hair..yes, the hair
Labels: Breast Cancer, Hair
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