Probably if you looked up chemotherapy in the dictionary there will be picture of a bald person. I know from my experience it is the most asked question I get. Are you going to lose your hair? I had already looked up the most prescribed drugs for Ovarian Cancer and pretty much knew the answer, and then just to cement it, Stanley asked my Oncology nurse Lynn at our first appointment if I would lose it and she said, Absolutely, 100%. So there you go. Bye, bye. Hair today, gone tomorrow. And later when I went for my Chemo Training (yes, like going into war) the nurse made sure I knew it would fall out everywhere on my body. No eyebrows, no lashes, no hair!! So below is a link to my new appearance. I just want to make sure you recognize me in case we meet up at the grocery store.
New day, new dawn, new year. Early on the morning of the first of January I am being accosted by another one of those abysmal night sweats courtesy of zero estrogen and chemo drugs. My hair was plastered to my cheek and I sleepily wiped the hair from my face. Ohhh Fuuuuudge! That hair was not attached to anything, in particular, my head! As I ran my hands through my hair there was more and more falling out. I fully expected to walk in the bathroom that morning and see bald patches everywhere, but as my hair continued to fall out over the next week I came to realize that humans have a lot of it!
January 3rd: So this stuff is everywhere and it is seriously annoying! Hair on my shirt, yuck. Hair down my shirt, tickles. Hair down my pants, awkward. How the heck did that get there? So now it is bad, real bad. Not a few strands anymore, but 10-20+. And what do you do with all that hair? It is so strange that something we covet so much we just throw in the trash and flush down the toilet. I look at my hand and see the long stands of hair, I did not know my hair was that long, wow! And I just casually toss it in the trash.
The drug Taxol can be blamed for this hot mess and I get Taxol every week for 18 weeks. Yea me!! Taxol halts cell division, which is important because cancer cells do not have the normal checks and balances that other cells have, and thus divide uncontrollably. And as you know chemo drugs are not selective in the cells they attack, meaning the drugs do not know the difference between good cells and cancer cells so the drugs affect ALL cells. Thus, cells that divide quickly are halted and die. Those mainly affected are the blood cells, the cells in the mouth, stomach and bowel, and the hair follicles; resulting in low blood counts, mouth sores, nausea, diarrhea, and/or hair loss. So, all things considered, I do feel fortunate that as of today after four rounds of Taxol and two of Carboplatin(I get Carbo every third week) the main side effect I have is hair loss. I still have a little hair and wore a beanie to Costco today. And thankfully I still have my brows and lashes. Please, please, please Baby Jesus, let me keep my lashes! I am starting to see the side effects to the bone marrow and had some big drops in my blood counts today, but I will save the details of that not so juicy tidbit for later. So tomorrow when it is drizzling outside and you think you hair looks like &hit please remember those of us that just wish we had some. Lol
Love and thankful appreciation to everyone! Patti
P.S. Today I want to give a little shout out to my special friend, Spell Check.