Just had my first chemo 2 weeks ago for Breast Cancer. My hair started falling out 72 hours ago in the shower, then yesterday it was falling out like I was shedding like my dog Buddy. This morning it was just large clumps on my pillow, it was horrible. It was not so much of losing the hair but the constant reminder that poison medicine is in my system trying to kill me and trying to save me at the same time. Just shaved it. Did feel so much better this morning, but now as hours have passed and I am packing for my 2nd chemo treatment Monday, it is just another reminder of this long battle in front of me. Ugh. Trying to stay positive, yet today it did get to me. First time since diagnosed in Aug 2020. Please tell me it gets better.
This will be my four type no fifth type of treatment in two years of battling my ovarian cancer which has moved to other areas of my body. I was first diagnosed August of 2009 and went through chemotherapy. I think once you stop thinking of it as poison and it trying to kill you rather than it trying to save your life things will get better. Note the aches and pains and daily reminders will obviously still be there however that’s what lets you know your still alive. Good luck with your treatments.
I also lost my hair when I when thru chemo for my breast cancer in 2018. I actually cut it off after my second treatment as it was falling out but halfway thru I noticed that it did start growing back. Just use a wrap when you go out. I did have a wig but only used it when I went to church because it was really itchy against my skin. Good luck with treatments and realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel. God will see you through this. Ruth
I know it’s hard, but make an effort to be a warrior. Be aggressive in your battle against the bad feelings, become an ally with the strong medications helping to rid your body of the cancer, and be an assertive partner with the vigilant doctors and nurses directing your care. Optimism makes all the difference in the world.
When I started losing my hair in clumps I had my husband shave it all off. I had some wigs but preferred just a hat. It will get better. My hair came back curly which I’ve wanted all my life. Really nice wavy curly! If I use a little bit of mousse and run wet hands through it, it looks perfect. Easiest to care for ever. Some days were tough but I knew it would be worth it. Hang in there, and I’ll say a prayer for you. I had a lot of people doing that for me, and got put on prayer lists at several churches that friends attended. I think God heard all these people and just wanted some peace and quiet so he sent me into remission.
My hair started coming out last night which was 15 days from first treatment. I cut some but not all of it. It is hard to go through this and knowing the process, but encouraging to hear from others experience. My hair has always been thick and has some natural curl, so not sure what I’ll get back, but at least it will be hair! Best to everyone!