• Is it too early to blame it on Chemo Brain?

    Asked by Ydnar2xer on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Is it too early to blame it on Chemo Brain?

    Well, I figured, why should kids have all the fun? I grew up when "fun" was wearing saddle shoes and knee socks with a pleated skirt! Not much fun was THAT.

    When my onc told me I would lose my hair, I thought if I ever wanted pink hair, this was the time to do it. After having pink hair for about a month, its novelty wore off. I started chemo (2/18 weeks down now) and I figure I have about 1 and a half more weeks (MAYBE!) with my hair, so if ever I wanted a Mohawk, this again was the time.

    It's hilarious the reactions I get, as a near-60 year old with such far-out hair! But hey, if I can make even one person smile, my mission is accomplished, and I AM HAPPY! Several of the patients at chemo yesterday got a kick out of it. I told them it's my way of telling cancer to FXXX off!

    Now I remember, post-haircut, that my hubby and I are supposed to meet our oldest son's serious girlfriend's serious parents on Sunday. YIKES! Is it too early to blame this on Chemo Brain?

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      LOL! I LOVE your attitude!! I have always wanted a mohawk too and now that my hair is coming back in, that's exactly what I have. I shaved mine off before chemo with a group of friends (yes, there were adult beverages involved) and it was liberating. By the time it actually started to come out I was ready.

      That you are meeting your possible future in-laws with your new do is hilarious. I would love to see the look on their faces. You may want to consider leather pants and a spiked collar to complete the look. Personally, if someone I was meeting for the first time was rockin' some funky hair we would be fast friends. They are going to love you and secretly wish they had the nerve to do the same thing!! Forget blaming it on chemo brain....YOU OWN IT GIRL!!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Go for it. One of the few perks.

      about 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Love it! You are downright beautiful.

      (Isn't Bremerton near Seattle?)

      about 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      You go, girl! Attitude is half the battle. I hope I can keep my sense of humor thru my chemo journey, just like you have. Power to the mohawk!

      about 4 years ago
    • bec55's Avatar

      It looks soooo awesome, love it! I shaved mine off right before 2nd treatment, then my brother(who already had a shaved head) and I took a pic together. First time I noticed how much we looked alike, lol.

      about 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      When I first started chemo I told my oncologist I wanted the kind of chemo that gave me a Mohawk but instead I got male pattern baldness which is the opposite of a Mohawk. I guess we need to careful what we ask for. You have a great attitude and that will get you through this.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      NO NEVER!!!!! Or be honest and just say, you are having fun with your hair while you still have hair!!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      I love it. At a time when we are forced to lose a giant part of our identity, like our hair, there is no better time to have a giant personality.

      And it's never to early to blame chemo brain!!

      about 4 years ago
    • PTipton's Avatar

      Life is a celebration, so celebrate!!!!!! We are warriors and we have survived. If they walked in our shoes, they might do the same thing. You really don't know how you would handle things until you have to make the decision for real. But I did blame everything on chemo brain, just like I blame everything on Tamoxifen, LOL...Good luck...

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      What a great attitude you have!!! I Love It!! It's perfectly acceptable to blame this on chemo brain. Chemo brain comes in handy on a daily basis for me but I think mine is getting better....but I'll never tell my wife that...lol. Good luck with your treatment!!

      about 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I also dyed my hair pink after it started growing back. I love it but am going to switch to blue and then violet. I had amazing ringlet curls before all of this. During chemo, my hair started thinning and falling out so I shaved it to a crew cut. WHen it started growing back it was SO grey and I had always wanted pink hair so I did it. It goes well with my nose ring and tattoos but where I live, I get a lot of wierd looks.
      I finished chemo on August 17 but still blame pretty much all my "bad" behavior on chemo brain. Rock on!

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Love your hair cut. And no, it's never to early to blame it on Chemo Brain. I use that excuse for everything. LOL. I myself got a spiky buzz cut, can't remember the last time I had edgy hair.

      about 4 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar

      I don't think you need to worry about blaming it on anything. I think people should admire you for the way you are dealing with your illness. Would they prefer you curl up in a ball drowning in self pity? With what you are going through if anyone has a problem with your hair color or cut, then it is just that...their problem. I wish I would have thought of doing what you have done. It is the chance of a lifetime isn't it?

      Oh and about chemo brain...after having chemo before and after surgery...I blame all my mental lapses on it.

      about 4 years ago
    • mjmoore's Avatar

      I wouldn't worry about it. You are just proving you are a courageous woman who is trying to make the most of an otherwise depressing situation. Just the kind of woman I would want to have my family get to know better!

      about 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      We appreciate your lively spirit!

      Your post helped inspire a blog article we wrote about chemo brain.

      Blame it On the Chemo Brain - Tips and Tricks for Coping

      For you and others who may be coping with chemo brain, perhaps you will find it helpful.


      about 3 years ago

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