Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sue . . . on hair. Firm Chicks (part three)

I am so glad that Sue (my sister) wrote this post, as I think we woman always wonder about the whole chemo/hair falling out thing. (And Sue has gorgeous hair.) So here we go for part three. Sue . . . on hair.

Cancer usually means chemotherapy and chemotherapy often means losing your hair.

I am a typical girl! I like hair! I like to play with my hair! I like my hair dresser! I like hair products!

Not all chemotherapy makes your hair fall out but early on my doctor told me mine would, within about two weeks of my first treatment.

When you go through cancer and chemo there are many things you cannot control. But there are a few things you CAN control, and one of those things is attitude.

I decided early on that my hair, or lack thereof, was NOT going to be the thing that got me down. I knew it would be a temporary condition and there were cute wigs, scarves and hats out there. As much as I liked my hair, I knew I could live without it for awhile.

A few weeks before I began treatment my husband couldn’t sleep so he got up and went into the family room to watch TV. At about 2:00 a.m. he was flipping through channels (like he always does) and he came across an infomercial on wigs. He thought one of the wigs looked like my hairstyle so he ordered one. The next morning he said, “I did something last night and you are gonna kill me. I ordered you a wig...but if you don’t like it we can send it back.”

Sure enough a few days later a box arrived and I put it away for a later day.

My chemo treatment started the end of July. Just like the doctor said, 12 days later my hair began to fall out. My hairdresser had told me I could call her anytime and she would meet me and shave my head, thus avoiding leaving a trail of hair behind me.

So at 8:00 a.m. the next day, one of my best friends and my hairdresser met me at the salon and Missy proceeded to shave my head. We all had huge tears rolling down our faces as my hair fell to the floor and my bald head was the image I saw in the mirror.

I pulled the wig out of the box and put it on. This was going to take some getting used to. Missy did a little snipping and shaping but it was her words that made the difference to me. She said, “Sue, how people see your wig depends on how you carry yourself. If you hold your head up high and walk with confidence, people will see you—not a wig.”

The first day back to work I put on the cutest outfit I had and strutted into my office.

My wig really was darling! It really did look like my hairstyle! And, hey….there are benefits! When you do not have to wash and style your hair OR shave your legs, you get an extra hour of sleep each morning!

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  1. So well written, and so encouraging. Thank you, Sue!

  2. it's true: you totally rocked that wig.

  3. Thank you for being so honest and straight forward! You really are beautiful, inside and out!


  4. I wonder how people do it...cancer. Losing your hair...all of that! You are brave. I know your bravery is found in Jesus but you and others with cancer really are my heroes. I have wondered from time to time if I would crumble at the news. But i do have to laugh at the extra hour..:) thank you so much for sharing your experince with us and being so real..
    grace and peace over your weekend too. Hi Glenda:)

  5. I just love your attitude, Sue. So great!

  6. I can tell that
    Sue's attitude
    helped her win the
    xx Suzanne

  7. I love this! What a great attitude--with or without hair!

  8. A lady with this kind of grace and confidence? She could rock anything!


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