Chemo hair loss messy, awkward; advance preparations can make i...

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Their work involves lots of entertaining and myriad social commitments for which chic black is pretty much the diplomatic dress code.But black wasn't an option when the chemotherapy drugs battling Smith's ...
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Anonymous

Mission Viejo, CA

#104 Mar 21, 2013
Thank you guys so much for responding ( & honestly)! That's what I need, I guess right now. Please, don't get me wrong! I may have explained myself badly, trying to Interpret the situation. 1st I am very very proud! Of my Daughter, & what she did. Forgot to tell (I noticed) that my granddaughter (5 yrs old,) was so proud of her mommy, she did the SAME, for children! At 5 her hair was very long, she never had it cut! So believe me, I'm not jealous of upset. What they did, was Tremendous!
I guess, what I was trying to get at was, with my hair, which is much thinner than my daughters & granddaughters... Being I'm 60, is what Gail mentioned above? I can't remember last time it was short. But, if its going to go, then, why not, do at the beginning? Meaning are there places where I can just surrender, have it all shaved off. Get it over with & use my own hair for a wig? Has anybody done that, or heard of it? Going bit by bit, would seem more emotional, & a consent reminder of what your going through.
I hope this explains myself a little better. What my daughter & granddaughter did made my hear,t swell BIG TIME!
Again thank you for hearing, responding & honesty!( I need that) By the way didn't donate my cuz was a lot thinner & not the required 13 inches.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#105 Mar 21, 2013
Kathyj747 wrote:
Thank you guys so much for responding ( & honestly)! That's what I need, I guess right now. Please, don't get me wrong! I may have explained myself badly, trying to Interpret the situation. 1st I am very very proud! Of my Daughter, & what she did. Forgot to tell (I noticed) that my granddaughter (5 yrs old,) was so proud of her mommy, she did the SAME, for children! At 5 her hair was very long, she never had it cut! So believe me, I'm not jealous of upset. What they did, was Tremendous!
I guess, what I was trying to get at was, with my hair, which is much thinner than my daughters & granddaughters... Being I'm 60, is what Gail mentioned above? I can't remember last time it was short. But, if its going to go, then, why not, do at the beginning? Meaning are there places where I can just surrender, have it all shaved off. Get it over with & use my own hair for a wig? Has anybody done that, or heard of it? Going bit by bit, would seem more emotional, & a consent reminder of what your going through.
I hope this explains myself a little better. What my daughter & granddaughter did made my hear,t swell BIG TIME!
Again thank you for hearing, responding & honesty!( I need that) By the way didn't donate my cuz was a lot thinner & not the required 13 inches.
You said it so well -- just surrender. It's a side effect but it really doesn't have to be a life crisis.

If you choose to get a wig, most of the people selling wigs (i recommend going to a big wig shop) they may be able to advise you about make up as well. All my eyelashes fell out (except one, in the center, on each eye -- I called them my "rhino horns" but "unicorn horns would work too!) I sang in a chorus, and for those performances I wore false eyelashes but they are "in" now and they're an option for every day as well.

The wig shop had great makeup for eyebrows. Interestingly, my arms had always been very hairy and I preferred them hairless, and I still shave my arms. So a "little" good came out of it!

You don't have to donate your hair but it's wonderful that others did to honor you, and children make a HUGE contribution when they do it, because children's hair is different than adults. It's a tremendous gift to some child dealing with cancer.

Go to a good wig shop (not a mastectomy shop that has a few wigs. Out of HUNDREDS of wigs there was only one I was happy with. I liked it so much I got two "just in case." Good thing, because one night I got too close to a BBQ grille and RUINED the first one. Oops!

Since: Feb 09

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#106 Mar 21, 2013
Kathyj747 wrote:
Thank you guys so much for responding ( & honestly)! That's what I need, I guess right now. Please, don't get me wrong! I may have explained myself badly, trying to Interpret the situation. 1st I am very very proud! Of my Daughter, & what she did. Forgot to tell (I noticed) that my granddaughter (5 yrs old,) was so proud of her mommy, she did the SAME, for children! At 5 her hair was very long, she never had it cut! So believe me, I'm not jealous of upset. What they did, was Tremendous!
I guess, what I was trying to get at was, with my hair, which is much thinner than my daughters & granddaughters... Being I'm 60, is what Gail mentioned above? I can't remember last time it was short. But, if its going to go, then, why not, do at the beginning? Meaning are there places where I can just surrender, have it all shaved off. Get it over with & use my own hair for a wig? Has anybody done that, or heard of it? Going bit by bit, would seem more emotional, & a consent reminder of what your going through.
I hope this explains myself a little better. What my daughter & granddaughter did made my hear,t swell BIG TIME!
Again thank you for hearing, responding & honesty!( I need that) By the way didn't donate my cuz was a lot thinner & not the required 13 inches.
:))

im glad it helped in some way.

i read a story where a boys parents shaved Their heads to support their son.
u see a lot of good in people comes out at times like these.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#107 Mar 21, 2013
The internet is so amazing -- total strangers can support each other through hard times!
Anonymous

Mission Viejo, CA

#108 Mar 23, 2013
Thank all you guys for your advice, ubderstanding, support & help! Yet I'm still curious, does anyone know if it is possible, that if I do shave my own hair all off (which today has gotten to anout 14-15 inches from scalp to end),of course a bit thinner than it use to be, at 59! But are there places that can make wigs out of my own hair, or at least majority of it? I'd really appreciate any knowledge in this area, thanks again very much!
cindy63

Fort Wayne, IN

#109 Apr 18, 2013
Thank you for all the feedback. I to lost my hair on day 12 after my first chemo. I thought I would be Ok with this, but found it to be very sad. I have stage 3a Breast Cancer. Please if anyone would be so kind I would love to hear from them.
Take care cindy

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#110 Apr 19, 2013
cindy63 wrote:
Thank you for all the feedback. I to lost my hair on day 12 after my first chemo. I thought I would be Ok with this, but found it to be very sad. I have stage 3a Breast Cancer. Please if anyone would be so kind I would love to hear from them.
Take care cindy
It is sad. I particularly hated losing my eyelashes. My eyes are my best feature, and they never grew back the way they were before. I just found a picture of me at a stage performance, and I had false eyelashes on -- at 65, mind you --

and the picture looks terrific.

They're a lot of bother and they look silly close up. It's a permanent loss. Funny how vain you can be at 67.:)

Nevertheless, I'm alive. It's "sad" to lose your hair, but much sadder to die unnecessarily and too soon. Just gotta keep the bigger picture.
stella walsh

UK

#112 May 21, 2013
any one used the cold cap

Since: Apr 13

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#114 May 27, 2013
I Taylor wrote:
Yes I agree but it is traumatic for women especially to lose their hair. Maybe they need to find a beautiful wig first then shave their own.
that wont be that easy but your idea works..

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#115 May 28, 2013
nurseamyg wrote:
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that wont be that easy but your idea works..
That's what I did, but I went even further. I had its style modified so it suited me better. I also bought a replacement at the same time (and had it styled) which turned out to be a very good plan.

Finally, I started wearing it before I even started chemo so people didn't even know when I started chemo. That avoided everyone suddenly looking at me differently "because I was going tbrough chemo."

Since I had few side effects that worked out very well for me. I also had my head shaved as soon as my hair started falling out. I didn't want to take off the wig and have blotchy, straggly hair.

Since: Feb 09

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#116 May 29, 2013
cindy63 wrote:
Thank you for all the feedback. I to lost my hair on day 12 after my first chemo. I thought I would be Ok with this, but found it to be very sad. I have stage 3a Breast Cancer. Please if anyone would be so kind I would love to hear from them.
Take care cindy
Cindy - hang in there, its normal to be upset over losing ur hair, but things will get better.

<3

Since: Feb 09

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#117 May 29, 2013
Gail Perry wrote:
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That's what I did, but I went even further. I had its style modified so it suited me better. I also bought a replacement at the same time (and had it styled) which turned out to be a very good plan.
Finally, I started wearing it before I even started chemo so people didn't even know when I started chemo. That avoided everyone suddenly looking at me differently "because I was going tbrough chemo."
Since I had few side effects that worked out very well for me. I also had my head shaved as soon as my hair started falling out. I didn't want to take off the wig and have blotchy, straggly hair.
that was a good idea, wearing it beforehand.

People - look at it like this, u may feel weird wearing a wig even if u weren't fighting cancer. those things just never seem natural to me anyway.
take care Everyone!
:)

Since: Apr 13

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#118 May 29, 2013
Gail Perry wrote:
<quoted text>
That's what I did, but I went even further. I had its style modified so it suited me better. I also bought a replacement at the same time (and had it styled) which turned out to be a very good plan.
Finally, I started wearing it before I even started chemo so people didn't even know when I started chemo. That avoided everyone suddenly looking at me differently "because I was going tbrough chemo."
Since I had few side effects that worked out very well for me. I also had my head shaved as soon as my hair started falling out. I didn't want to take off the wig and have blotchy, straggly hair.
i really admire your positive outlook on things. I hope everything would go well for you..

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#119 May 29, 2013
nurseamyg wrote:
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i really admire your positive outlook on things. I hope everything would go well for you..
It was 7 years ago, so yes, it worked out well for me. I was lucky in that I was already retired, and chemo itself was really pretty easy except for the fact that the nurses missed my plummeting red count -- they weren't alarmed by 10 and start worrying at 9 -- but mine had been 16 before chemo, and the sudden anemia was exhausting.

So I urge all patients to realize that while the AVERAGE "problem number" is below 9, you are an individual and not a statistic. Keep track of ALL your important numbers. If I had done that -- I didn't have insurance anyway and could have insisted on treatment for the anemia sooner.

Since: Apr 13

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#120 May 30, 2013
wow thats nice to hear and yes as individuals we should also try to make an effort of check our own health as well..
B Gustafson

Saint Charles, IL

#121 Jul 11, 2013
koipondgal wrote:
My daughter has lymphoma and is starting chemo. Would anyone have a pattern of a scarf for her head, head wrap or whatever they are called? I would also like to make some of these for the Cancer Center for others who are going through chemo.
Thanks
...I found a pattern on Ebay and some really cue hats on ETSY.
ganodermatown

Fuzhou, China

#122 Mar 4, 2014
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