• Are you still having "no hair issues" even after treatment has stopped?

    Asked by Julesmom on Friday, February 9, 2018

    Are you still having "no hair issues" even after treatment has stopped?

    Here is a lady that shares the same issue: Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow
    Breast cancer survivor rants (a little) about her post-chemotherapy hair shortage.

    Barbara Tako is a breast cancer survivor (2010), melanoma survivor (2014) and author of Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools–We'll Get You Through This. She is a cancer coping advocate, speaker and published writer for television, radio and other venues across the country. She lives, survives, and thrives in Minnesota with her husband, children and dog. See more at www.cancersurvivorshipcopingtools.com,or www.clutterclearingchoices.com.

    Read Article Here: https://www.curetoday.com/community/barbara-tako/2018/02/hair-today-and-gone-tomorrow

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • mommasan's Avatar

      I lost my hair due to chemo (actually, I pre-pmpted the loss by shaving my head). After chemo, my hair grew back, and I was pleased with the result. Then came the unexpected metastasis which required focused radiation on my head. My hair didn't fall out at first, but then I began noticing bald patches. Yuk! So I've decided to be the local Hat And Scarf Queen. Yes, I have a wig, but no, I don't like to wear it. So I have acquired a wardrobe of bandannas. and I'm ok with that.

      about 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Radiated follicles take a looooong time to repair, if they ever do.

      about 2 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Losing your hair can be a tough time in the journey. Then everyone knows you are sick. I remember scrambling for a hat when my daughter's boyfriend would come over. I didn't want him to see me bald. Now it seems silly.

      about 2 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Thanks for the article. This is exactly how I feel. Yes, my hair came back, but it is nowhere near as thick or as full as it was before chemo. I know that it is insignificant, but it was, in my opinion, my best feature. However, I would much rather have less hair and be enjoying life than the alternative.

      about 2 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Thanks for this article. I have a friend whose wife is almost 9 years since her diagnosis and long done with chemo, but still has to wear a wig because her hair isn't what it should be. HUGS and God bless.

      about 2 years ago
    • naper's Avatar

      My free wig from the Cancer Society looks better than my old hair did, but I still miss my old hair. I too, long to run my fingers through a full head of hair, but when I read of problems others here have had I realize it is a small price to pay. I do think age may have something to do with not getting my old hair back- what I have now two years after starting chemo is whispy, thin, and looks like my finger is stuck in a socket. On the bright side, my wig is as good as a hat in the cold weather.

      about 2 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      My daughters and I have all lost our hair to cancer, and chemo.
      we choose to have it shaved to prevent the pain of it falling out during chemo. my youngest daughter had taxotere,, and her hair is no way the type or look as it was before cancer. It's thin, and patchy.
      my other daughter has a nice head of hair,, just almost as it was before cancer.
      me,, my hair is thin and fine,, no body hard to hold a curl.. so now I wear it back in either a pony tail,, or just with a head band.
      To me,, hair was not what I defined myself ,, nor was my breast that was taken off. Who I was ,,, was my compassion for others,, my kindness, and just being me. Anything else was a plus.
      Good luck to all,,,

      about 2 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      My hair on my head grew back OK but fine & thin (one friend called it”baby hair”). The hair on my arms never grew back & very little leg hair. My lashes grew back but they are thin & short. Brows grew back fine. I also had taxotere (+ gemzar). They told me I could also lose my nails, but I didn’t. I am so thankful to have hair on my head. I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal for me but others reactions made me uncomfortable.

      about 2 years ago
    • Luie's Avatar

      Losing my hair to chemo was the most traumatic part of the whole thing to me. I always had long hair and could do so many things with it, going bald was emotionally and physically painful! I finished AC and Taxol last April and my hair has come back but as it's grown out unevenly, I've had it trimmed 3 times. It looks good and is very soft but I still do a double take when I pass a mirror because I don't look anything like I used to. Not worse, just different

      about 2 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      I had TC chemo and lost most but not all of my hair, which was devastating to me. My hair was the only feature I had confidence in, and I felt like an ape without it and with the bad breath I battled thanks to thrush and that awful chemo taste. Because I refused to be bald and let whatever real hair I had remain, I did have uneven parts, and my sister trimmed it up into a kind of soldier girl cut. Six months after that, I was going to church and leaving my wig at home! Now, my hair is back just like it was during my pre-chemo days, and I am finding my eyelashes have come back. My eyebrows and all my body hair isn't as thick as before, which is nice. I used to have to tweeze my brows, and I haven't needed to do so since chemo. I sure hope those of you who are dealing with hair loss after treatment is over will regain your hair soon. HUGS and God bless.

      about 2 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I had TCH chemo that ended in November but my eyebrows and eyelashes fell out in February. You can hide bald with wigs, hats and scarves but I never found a way to disguise eyelashes or eyebrows. Now 3 years post chemo my hair has thinned as the years have passed. I don’t know if it’s age or side effects.

      about 2 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      msesq, I don't know if you have anyone locally who can do this, but I heard of make-up or tattooing that can help with eyebrows, and you can ask a beautician about what to do with eyelashes. I know my sister was concerned about brows and lashes when I was going through chemo, and I didn't even lose them until after treatment had stopped. Brows grew back thinner than before, and lashes came back pretty much the same as before. Surely there must be a way to fix the issue of brows and lashes and their regrowth. HUGS and God bless

      about 2 years ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      My head hair has come back fine, I'm keeping it short for a while so I'm not sure how thick it really is, but it's come back a pretty rich brown with whiter gray then I had before.

      My lashes have mostly come back, they are shorter and thinner then before, and about 1/2 of each brow came back. I used to fill them in, but tired of messing with them. Very little hair every where else, I shave my legs maybe once a month, before getting a pedicure.

      about 2 years ago

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