Chemo and hair:
When I was diagnosed with grade 3 invasive breast cancer on 29.7.16 I was told from the outset I’d have chemo. By 1.8.16 I had a wide local excision along with a sentinel node biopsy. Losing my hair was of course the first thing I thought of but I never let that get me down. I was far more concerned about pathology results: was it in my lymph nodes? Had it spread further?
I totally respect @vicderbyshire for admitting hair loss was the worst part of it all for her and @mrs_blandy your hair is amazing after cold capping. I think you’re incredibly brave for doing it. So amazing we actually have options. For me, I couldn’t bare the idea (history of migraines) so I let chemo take its affect on my hair follicles.
I went from long thick hair to a quirky bob with side shave on my birthday just before starting chemo. 17 days after my 1st chemo it started to come out. Not wanting my changing physical appearance to frighten my children (2 & 5 at the tine) we decided they’d be involved with the chop! I was plied with prosecco by my husband in order to chill and let them get on with it and I donned red lipstick as that makes everything better. The pictures show the stages. My goodness, it was actually a relief. What no one tells you is as your hair starts to come out it really hurts your scalp. And hey, no bikini waxes for a while (no photos of that, obvs!) #everycloud #chemohair #radicalhaircut #bravetheshave #notmychoice #needsmust #cancer #cancersucks