No beard for me at the moment 😂
I’ve had my hair coloured again but a slightly cooler shade & it looks a lot better now it’s thickening up & the coverage is more even!
take care ladies
Jude - sorry to hear you're not liking your chemo curls - I have read previously that they don't last for ever so hopefully your hair will soon return to its pre chemo state 🤞. I'm looking more and more tufty every day and as my hair gets longer ie about 2cms now - I'm finding that my wig is sometimes slipping which is becoming a real pain.
On another note has anyone else turned into a bearded lady?? I've noticed over the last week or so the fine downy hair on my face seems to be getting longer. However I'm not sure if it's just returning to its pre chemo state and that I'm noticing it more cos theres no other hair around my face to mask it or if this is a genuine post chemo gift 😬. Luckily its very fair and fine at the moment but if it goes the way of the hair on my head I'll have a grey beard in time for my hols 😂😂.
Have a fun weekend all
Im pleased to report that my hair is now growing well. Eyebrows and eyelashes actually resemble eyebrows and lashes! I had to shave my legs the other day.
I went away with friends at the weekend and survived......thought I would get tired but managed ok although this week I have been shattered!
Sleeping really well but definitely still tired overall.
I’m not on herceptin so can’t comment on SEs but I know the hormone tablets are causing me achy joints and tired muscles, sometimes I get up in the morning and can’t actually walk as everything has seized up. Also if I have been sitting down for a while my legs just seize up, oncologists said I need to get back to proper exercise not just walking as that will help muscle issues.
Take Care all.
To be honest they are very unattractive curls mainly around my ears and my hair is still very short, I’m really not liking it 🙁 I’ve also got a tufty area on the crown!
I am pleased with how my eyebrows & eyelashes are growing now though & like you Tarnia the hair down there is making an appearance although I didn’t lose it totally
Re tiredness how are you all feeling? I’ve been back at work for 2 weeks & although I feel ok I am tired but not sleeping particularly well. I’ve read that the side effects of herceptin include tiredness & insomnia so it could be that. I’m also continuing to have a few nosebleeds within a week of each herceptin injection - anyone else? It’s not down as a side effect so who knows!
Take care all x
I didn’t lose all my hair because of cold capping but all of it has started growing really curly which for me is really strange as I’ve always had dead straight hair! Not quite sure what to do with it but I’m just thankful it’s hair and growing 😂 I finish radiotherapy on 8/3 so I’m going to book myself in to get it dyed on 9/3 something to look forward to!
My eyebrows are growing back too and top eyelashes on one eye but no signs on the other eye just yet...oh and my lady garden is growing well too 😂😂 not that I’ve missed that!!
sue glad your nasal hair is growing, no more runny noses for you 👍🏽
Take care all
Curly hair Jude - how exciting! Mine is still at the spikey stage - i look like I'm a leading character in the Tufty club 🤣🤣. I went public with my own hair yesterday - Im at a spa for a few days so not able to wear my wig in the steam rooms and saunas etc
Giud news re the nasal hair!
My is coming back as well & it’s great not to have a permanent runny nose!
my eyebrows & eyelashes are filling out as well which is good, but quite mascara ready but getting there
My hair is starting to go curly...
I might be over sharing but this will mean nothing to the others in my life - but I was so excited to see just now that my nose hair is back 😂😂👏👏👏.
Happy Monday all
Sue xx 😘😘
Glad the acupuncture is working for you. I’ve also heard that massaging the scalp helps the hair to grow. I’ve also heard that black Jamaican castor oil is also very good for hair growth so I’ve been massaging that into my scalp and leaving it overnight to see if it speeds things up! Only time will tell!
Have a good weekend all
That’s good news that the acupuncture seems to be helping your hot flushes!
I’m going to take up the hairbrush challenge, it’s definitely worth giving it a go, pleased that it’s seems to be working for you
Morning ladies - hope ur all doing ok.
Just wanted to let you know that the Acupuncture sessions I've been having for hot flushes etc seem to have produced positive results - whilst they haven't gone completely they have reduced in frequency and intensity so probably worth a try if you are being affected by them.
And also I've been doing a little solo experiment too! I remember reading yonks ago that brushing your hair encourages it to grow - something to do with stimulating the hair follicles if I remember correctly. So, whilst my hair doesn't by any stretch of the imagination actually need to be brushed I've been religiously brush my hair / scalp twice a day for the last week and I don't know if it's coincidence or if this actually works but I'm convinced I've had a growth spurt since I started. I'm not saying it's definitely worked but I'm going to continue to do it - so again anyone who's frustrated that your hair isn't coming back as fast as you'd hoped maybe reach for that hairbrush. I'm obsessively doing ten stokes front to back in sections all over my head. Fingers crossed.
Enjoy ur weekends and if anyone takes on the hairbrush challenge - post updates on the results.
Tarnia, I do drink more now than I did pre chemo I think it is a good habit to get into, although without scaremongering it can be a sign of diabetes so may be worth seeing a doctor or mentioning it to your oncologist or breast care nurse if you are excessively thirsty.
Sue, good luck on the trial & well done on booking lots of hols! It’s great having things to look forward to during the winter
Don’t rush back to work. I think everyone needs to do it in their own time. I found that now I’m feeling stronger I felt like I needed to get a routine back & luckily I had changed to a 4 day week 18 months ago. This week has gone ok but I’m glad it’s friday tomorrow!
take care all
I'm certainly drinking more water than I did previously but I think that's possibly habit from chemo days. I also wonder if there may be a chance that your body got used to more water during chemo so is asking for it by telling you you're thirsty?
In other news I signed up for the add aspirin trial yesterday so I'm starting the run in period today, will have a check up in 8 weeks or so and if all is ok I'll be on to the 5yr trial. It's a randomised allocation of drugs so neither I nor my doctors will know what I'm getting.
And in yet more news I've been on a holiday booking rampage and in the course of a week booked 3 holidays which are in addition to the ones we've already got planned. One is only for two nights but I'm still counting it 😂😂😂
We'll done on going back to work Jude - I'm not quite ready yet - I'm starting to do more but still getting tired quite easily so not sure it's the right thing for me to go back just yet as I want to make sure that when I am back I'm not spending to much of.my time away from work during my phased return recovering from being at work. I'm also thinking of going back part-time if that's an option but will leave that until I've been back a while - see how things go
Hope everyone is doing ok
I just wanted to ask you all if any of you are thirsty all the time? I finished chemo 10 weeks ago but I find I’m constantly thirsty! Not sure if this is normal or something I should be worried about 🤔
On a positive note my first radiotherapy all went to plan today. 1 done just 22 to go.
Jude - well done on going back to work. A bit of normality back in your life. It’s good to be getting back to normal.
Good luck with the radiotherapy - don’t forget plenty of water & moisturiser & if you do have any issues tell the radiographers as they can help
Well done on booking the holiday, it will come round really fast
I started back at work this week & it’s going better than I expected!
Jo - hope your check up went ok
Take care ladies
I finally start radiotherapy tomorrow! I’m having 4 and a half weeks. Glad to be on the last leg of this journey but have to admit I’m not looking forward to the 25 mile round trip everyday 🤨
Jude today I’ve also booked a holiday to Mexico going in April! It’s always good to have something to look forward to and boy do we all deserve it!
Hope everyone is doing well.
I'm the same trying to eat better & exercise more, although I have had a bar of chocolate today!
My diet was shocking during chemo & I’ve put a good 7-10lbs on - got to lose it as I’m going to Mexico in just over 6 weeks!
That sounds good, you’ll obviously get monitored more which can only be a good thing
Hope you don’t have any tricky side effects