My hair

I’m 12 days post-round 1 of chemo. I’m stupidly nervous/anxious about the possibility (fact) that I will be losing my hair. I picked out a couple slouchy beanies but haven’t hit the purchase button on my Amazon cart. My husband didn’t believe “slouchy beanie” was a term. Doctors told me I will DEFINITELY lose my hair 2-3 weeks after I start chemo. It is rapidly approaching. So far my hair is fine. I got it cut from shoulder blade length to a short A-bob a couple days ago to make the transition easier. I’ve cried a few times since diagnosis. Mostly on the phone to strangers as I had to cancel an upcoming flight and get late fees waived since I missed a couple bill payments while in the hospital. 

But my hair...the anticipation of the inevitable yet unknown makes me want to cry. My parents are coming in a few days from out of town. And my calculation is that they will be here for the great ghastly shave-down. I don’t want them here for that. I will have to send them away. I want to send myself away; I don’t want to be here for that. Funny thing is a never even liked my hair before. I hope that afte4 I lose it, it comes back thick and chemo-curly. 

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Hi JILL, I can sympathise with you about loosing your hair. I had big shave on Sunday night. My hair pretty much this time started coming out in clumps exactly 14 days after the start of chemo. I too thought that I was getting close to the 14 days and all good and then it just started coming away. I also went and had my hair cut short. This is the 3rd time I have lost my hair from chemo and it still isn’t any easier. I too have non Hodgkin lymphoma and now have just relapsed after 13 years of it being under control. I was diagnosed in1999 at the age of 40 and I initially had 7 regimes of chemo and stem cell transplant. I also went onto harvest more stem cells for such as this time now BUT unfortunately they are too old and not in good condition. So I am have 2 rounds of RICE and then we are going to try and harvest stem cells. But the other day my oncologist is not too hopeful as I have had a lot of chemo in the past and the scientist that processed my last stem cells wasn’t too hopeful either. So just have to wait and see. With regards to your loosing your hair my suggestion is to get some soft tee shirt type caps to wear around home and to bed at night. I see you are in Denmark so you are going into summer so a little better for the cold. I live in Tasmania and we are heading into winter so I’m trying to find my winter beanies now. I have also ordered a couple of wigs online and they should come tomorrow. So hopefully they are good. One is natural hair and the other synthetic. I wish you all the courage in your journey through chemo. All the best. Diane Faulkner
Thank you for the advice. All the best to you as well. Stay strong!
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April 1, 2019

Denmark, Wisconsin 54208

February 12, 1980

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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Diffuse large B cell

March 16

over 6.1

The fact that it still exists and is more prevalent

To slow down and enjoy my time with family

Keep me laughing and know I’m loved

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Aurora BayCare Medical Center

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Left ear pain and throat tightness x 1 month. Didn’t get better with 2 rounds of antibiotics. Also incessant reflux symptoms without the burning.

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