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Hi everyone. My best friend started chemo a couple months ago. At first he was very worried that he was losing hair (he is only 25 years old), so he shaved all his hair off, but someone once said he looked like Vin Diesel, by the way, Vin Diesel is his favorite actor, so, my friend stopped being ashamed of himself and wearing a wig.
I have been posting along with some other lovely ladies since April 2014, so there is not much that we have not come across between us. It is not inevitable that you will loose your hair, have your hospital offered you a cold cap? I used it with one other lady who posts on our thread and it was very successful, my hair thinned a little on the top which I managed with a slight comb over, lol and a bit of hair spray. I thought all my hair would depart and had it cut fairly short but luckily I managed to keep most of it, I did buy a cotton cap and some scarves, I am not a wig or hat person but only needed them briefly on a couple of very hot days to protect my scalp from the sun. Not everyone can tolerate the cold cap it basically freezes your scalp while having the chemo therapy, you have to put conditioner on so that the cold cap works to its best effect. That's why I bought a couple of cotton caps and also when you are shedding its easier to keep it contained, you don't want it dropping in food etc. Your children will accept what you tell them, the chemotherapy is a very strong drug which without having it would not be possible for you to manage, explain that you will look and feel worse a while but in the long run it will all be worth it because it will make you better, hair will grow back even if you do loose it.
Eye brows can be drawn on if it bothers you that much and even false eye lashes are used by some ladies, what ever makes you feel good. At the end of the day its your body and face. I did not bother too much because I felt if anyone else does not like it then don't look, I know we are all different though so I do understand. Good luck with it all xx
I've been recently diagnosed with Breast cancer and have discussed this with my 8 and 11 year old girls, including the topic of hair loss. My 8 year old is really struggling to understand and come to terms with it. I am keen to take control and cut my hair short so as to not wait for it to fall out over the next few weeks. I have been told that the chemo I am on will result in hair loss.
Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this or any tips on what to do or say?