Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

It's a fact - people having chemotherapy usually have hair loss.
In preparation, last week I cut Col's hair with the number 2 comb and yesterday went all over again with no comb. Just in time, as he found he could grab hold of bits and pull them out.
To keep him company he then cut my hair with the 4 comb - not quite as short but short enough!

Looking at the colour of the hair on the floor you would think we had  been shearing a badger!
Our youngest daughter had ovarian cancer when she was 18. She lost most of her hair and wore a scarf for the duration. When her hair came back it was darker, thicker and curlier than it had been before. If Col's hair comes back thicker and darker he will be well pleased!

Back Tomorrow, I guess
Sue

36 comments:

  1. You have a great positive attitude to life's ups and downs, which must be an enormous strength to those around you. A case of 'it needs to be done so I will just get on and do it'. If good wishes will help I send all I have - Tam

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  2. I cried when I read your post today.
    What a beautiful person you are Sue-x-

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  3. How great that you cut your hair short too - you are a great wife! And I hope the following doesn't offend - but how reflective of your positive attitude to drop in that piece of information about your youngest daughter and the positive that came from it (the thicker, darker, curlier hair) when basic common sense tells all your readers how awful such a time must have been for a young girl to get such a diagnosis and how tough it must have been for you and Col as parents. You never cease to amaze me - apologies for gushing!

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    1. Our youngest had a very unusual ovarian cancer, doctors came from London to see her! She had one ovary removed and chemo and it was all over bar the regular checks in the space of 4 months. She had already moved into live with her partner and he and her work place supported her and we helped when we could but she's a very independent girl! She's fit and well now - than goodness.

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    2. I am so glad that treatment was so swift and effective - what a relief for you all

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  4. As mentioned above, your positive attitude really stands out. You must be made of "strong stuff". I bet you are a wonderful friend. P.S. my friend's hubby who went through the same as Col did in fact lose his hair....but now he has an excellent head of hair, moreso than before his chemo.

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  5. Better get the curlers ready for when it grows back then Sue! Much love x

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  7. Ditto the other comments, a positive attitude really helps, I know it can be difficult xx

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  8. You two really are "in this together"!
    Wishing you both all the very best.

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  9. I didn't realize this wasn't your first experience dealing with cancer. I feel for you , having to go down that road again. That is very kind of you to also have yourself "shorn". -Jenn

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  10. Prayers for healing and strength.

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  11. Hope his hair does grow back exactly how he wants it to xxx

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  12. Well done on the hair cutting! I have short hair but I remember when my hair started to come out that I couldn't bear to shower and have all the strands of hair over my face - you know how annoying it is when a hair is flicking against your eyelashes? - and so husband used to wash what hair was left over the basin and I'd keep a towel pressed to may phizzog. I didn't mind losing my hair at all, and one day I just pulled out a hunk in front of husband, but that really upset him, so I didn't do that again. But the hair begins to grow back before the chemo course is finished so hair loss is only temporary. But it's good be shorn too, showing solidarity with Col!
    Margaret P

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  13. I love your solidarity with Col, the way you are handling this together is inspirational, and I don't say that lightly.

    I cut Lovely Hubby's hair with the 'shearers' on Sunday afternoon and even he commented on how white and grey the trimmings were. In Summer he looks very blonde, but in reality there are a lot of white hairs in there!

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  14. For different reasons, hairdresser here today for me as well. Feel and look a lot better.

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  15. Bless you both a couple of my friends hair came back different colours my friend had red hair and came back grey but she loves it. I missed your post about the birds Boy did you have a fabulous variety of vistors that's amazing, dee :-)

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  16. I'd do the same. I think I'd rather cut it off myself than wake up every day to a bit more gone.

    Reading your reply to MMC about your daughter, it sounds as though she's a chip off the old block, just getting on with it. I can't imagine how shocking that news would have been for her and your family.

    My cousin had breast cancer and her hair came back thicker and curly, she said it was something to do with the chemo altering the shape of the hair follicles. I think that's what she said anyway, we'd had a couple of drinks by then:) xx

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  17. So.... you now have a "Bruce Willis" in your life, oh yum. And didn't Demi Moore get a buzz cut? Perhaps you will now become Celebs, watch out for the paparazzi. Is Suffolk ready for this.
    On a more sober note, you are handling this so well, my fingers would be crossed for you but then I would spill my tea and crochet a tangle.

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  18. My straight hair came back curly, it lasted about 6 months. Please make sure you have warm hats for outside. I got fed up with wrapping scarfs around my head and got a couple of fun hats for the house, I still have my wig, I have never got rid of it, who knows I might wear it one day, it's the same colour as my hair.

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  19. I was thinking along the same lines as Pam......Bruce and Demi!!

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  20. shearing badgers. I like that one! ;o) x

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  21. Its lovely to hear your attitude towards the cancer and treatment. I think its very important to keep positive. My colleagues grew back darker and curlier.

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  22. You're an inspiration, both with your positive attitude and how well you're supporting Col. You must be a strong person, but do take care of yourself too. Carers need care also.

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  23. I am praying always for you to have strength, and love your up attitude.

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  24. You 2 have the same attitude my friend had with her cancer diagnosis... very positive which I greatly admire. Her hair grew back grey and curly.. don't know if it was grey before as she used to dye it but it definitely wasn't curly.

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  25. Saying prayers for you and your family. God Bless you.
    Laurie

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  26. I so admire your positive outlook. Also you having your hair cut short - I am sure that pleased Col. We both send our good wishes.

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  27. You are an all round good egg Sue, such a source of inspiration. Being positive does make such a difference.
    A neighbor had a similar diagnosis to Col just over a year ago. She is now fitting fit and back at full time work. Her hair came back darker and curlier.
    She also has a very upbeat attitude and is full of positivity, her doc told her it helped greatly.
    All good wishes to you both.
    Pam in TX.xx

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    1. Sorry that should have read "Fighting Fit"
      Pamx

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  28. I have been trying to play a little catch up and am shocked to read this has happened. You have a hugely positive attitude which goes a long way, and what a supportive show of solidarity too, sacrificing your own hair. You rock!
    ~~~Deb xoxo

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  29. Ditto all who see your positive, "let's get on with it" attitude as inspiring! What a wonderfully supportive family you have as well. Many warm thoughts sent your way from the Pacific coast.

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  30. Sue I just want to give you a massive hug. I think you and Col are amazing.

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  31. I lost all my hair right before my stem cell transplant. My husband shaved his head in solidarity. when my hair grew back ,it was curly ( I'd always had perfectly straight hair). The chemo therapies I'm on now ,after relapse, don't cause hair loss.:) Good luck to Col and hoping for his remission!!

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  32. I have one of those hair cutting gadgety things, I dare not use it on my hair. Hope it all goes well for Col.

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