Coronavirus has changed so many lives. I truly hope it ends soon. I wish they would start putting up how many have recovered.
I was fortunate that my chemo for breast cancer ended before the coronavirus began. Right now my appointments are far apart. One of the things that might happen to a cancer patient, depending on which IV chemo drugs the doctors choose for the best possible treatment, is the loss of hair.
Just for fun. I’m giving you a pictorial view of my journey from hair, to no hair, then hair again.
There is me at a book signing at Priam Vineyards with my friend, Kim who has glorious pink hair. I had very long hair. It always went out of the picture. Actually, I’ve had long hair most of my life. On Dec. 24, 2018, I found the lump that would start the cancer journey.
My dearest friends and I discussed how traumatic losing my hair could be. In talking to my hairstylist Anne Laro at Hair Unique Salon we decided to cut it in half and then when it fell out more to buzz it. This was Feb. 2018.
I opted instead for wigs and scarfs. Above is the initial haircut. A week later this hair had fallen out. Completely gone. I didn’t take pictures of the buzz or the baldness. It was too demoralizing for me. I know some women embrace their baldness. I didn’t, and that’s okay too. It is okay to feel what you feel.
That was my first wig. It was given to me by an organization. I missed my long hair. This was April 2019 and one of the few times my white cell count was good enough that my doctor gave me the all-clear to see my grandkids. Most of the time I couldn’t see them due to a compromised immune system.
This is August 2019 a few days before surgery. I’m wearing my long wig. I was a little unsure of it staying in place, so I added my hippie headband. Here I’m at the Lions Lebanon Fair with the family.
August 12 – Single Mastectomy
In late August, I started to get very soft peach fuzz on my head. Some cancer drugs target fast-growing cells like cancer. Unfortunately, hair cells replicate fast too, that accounts for the hair loss.
It seemed to me that to grow hair back took a really long time. Laughs.
Here I am in October 2019 at the Fall in Love with New Hampshire Readers/Authors Conference. That link will take you to the Oct. 2020 conference. Reader registration is open. See how short my hair was. I started wearing a scarf but the first full day of the conference decided what the heck.
Here I am self-isolating in March 2020. That’s my hair so far. Every day it grows a tiny bit more and then sticks up strangely. Some days I feel like a Troll doll with my hair straight up. My eyebrows are still in process. Laughs.
It is a blessing to be alive!
Please, stay safe at home, if you can. Wash your hands. I still have a compromised immune system at times so if I have to go out, I wear a mask and gloves. I use the bank and drug store drive-throughs. I shop with a list at the supermarket and don’t get distracted. I keep my distance from people and leave as soon as possible. I know this is a horrible time for the world. Our heroes are out there providing medical, transportation, financial services, and groceries at great personal risk. Thank you, each and every one of you.
Today because we are all scared and worn out from watching the news on coronavirus. I hope to bring a distraction and a smile by telling you my hair story.
Have fun at home!
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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