• Little Victories

    Asked by Ydnar2xer on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Little Victories

    This observation might be viewed as trivial by many of you, but I figure little victories should be shared, especially on a site with so many cancer patients. MY EYEBROWS ARE COMING BACK!

    If any of you have been plagued with having to draw on "natural-looking" eyebrows for MONTHS like I have, you might understand. Usually one side ends up higher than the other, giving me a slightly quizzical expression. Then people ask me, "What?" all day!

    I have 12 eyelashes left on the right and only 2 remain on the left--and my hair, alas! My hair is only about 1/4" long and is SPARSE and WHITE! So maybe you can see why I'm excited about my eyebrows?

    Sigh...so tough to WAIT PATIENTLY for things to get back to normal after chemo!

    23 Answers from the Community

    23 answers
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Congratulations. But I bet you are lovely with or without them.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have said for years that it's the little things that count, and they really aren't that little.

      Congrats on your comeback.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Yeah!!! on the eyebrows....and yes little victories deserve celebrating :)

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Congratulations!! It must be making you feel very hopeful. It's a great sign and Spring's around the corner so the rest of things will fall into place as well.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      Congratulations!!!! That is wondeful, a great sign on the road to recovery and things looking up.

      over 3 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      WONDERFUL on the eyebrows and as you see they are returning, everything else will fall into place in due time. Rejoice in the little things and much will be added.

      over 3 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Hooray! I know exactly what you are feeling. Keep looking for those little victories. They will get you through this!

      over 3 years ago
    • Neecie's Avatar

      Amen, Sister! I am only 10 weeks out from my last chemo and I have graduated from fuzz to fluff! My eyebrows are still mostly blonde and sparce; I'll be drawing mine for a while. But my nails look human again. Little victories indeed! Celebrate each day!

      over 3 years ago
    • gogolf's Avatar

      Eyebrows and eyebrows are a big victory. I do have a question about my eyebrows, the grey hairs are sticking straight out and I do not know how to tame them down. this was my second chemo and my hair is white and not very long but I have never had so many compliments on my hair so If it stays this white I may keep it that color. I have had women come up to me and ask how I got my hair this color, I just laugh and tell them the truth and they are always very sweet.

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      HOORAAAAAAYYYYYYYY! I am happy for you. It isn't trivial either, it's a success. You keep looking at it that way girl. That's what your are since you lived through all of this, a SUCCESS!

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Congrats! I'm jealous. I miss hair...

      over 3 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      Congrats, it is a long journey and sounds like you are zooming along back toward health - and hair! Just a warning, some people lose their eyelashes and eyebrows several times during the growing back phase. They start coming in and then one day you realize, half the hair has fallen out again, but then grows back quickly again. I had this with my eyelashes several times. So, don't be surprised if that happens. But at least you are on the other side and things can only get hairier from here! I'm 1 1/2 years from chemo and my hair has just reached my shoulders. People compliment my new curls (chemo curls), so I'm having fun with it. All the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      That is AWESOME! I remember when my eyelashes started to come back, I was so excited. I never fully lost my hair, but I shaved it when it got patchy. My eyebrows thinned out but my eyelashes mostly were gone. I use Latisse and it helped them to grow in faster and longer but they are still more sparse than they were before chemo.
      Rock those eyebrows woman!!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I don't think it's trivial at all. Good for you! And as far as I'm concerned it's a sign of even better things to come. Bat those eyelashes! : )

      over 3 years ago
    • janstar47's Avatar

      I fully understand! Congrats on the return of brows. I too have return of hair on my head and it is mostly ALL white. Very fine hair and it appears it's coming in as kind of patches. I wear a wig or a scarf when I go out and about. I'm looking forward to leaving both at home as my hair keeps on growing in. I kept part of my lashes but I see a few coming back in.

      This is kind of like waiting for Spring, isn't it? I think it's great to celebrate milestones. May God Bless you as you and enjoy the return of Normal !!!! Yeahhhhhh Jan

      over 3 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      This week I'm starting to lose my lashes and brows. I can imagine how happy you are! Congratulations!

      over 3 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      This is a GREAT post!!! My brows ain't lookin' too great these days. And yes, my hair is about 1/2" and only white ones are growing. Thank you for taking time to encourage those of us who have more eyebrows to look forward to.

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      I can totally relate! Congratulations... you are certainly on your way to getting them back. The eyelashes and eyebrows come back quickly. I also got some eyebrow/lash conditioner from a friend who sells Mary Kay, and now after 6 months, my eyelashes are actually better than they were before chemo Enjoy coming back..you deserve it! I'm happy for you and thank you for sharing!

      over 3 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      YAY>>>way better than the day you noticed the handfuls of hair falling out...for sure! There really is life on the other side of chemo. You'll even get to shave your legs again! lol That part (--no shaving--) I considered a perk! And there weren't many perks. Takes awhile to get normal hair (rather than the fuzzy fluffs) back...but it does come. Strangely enough...sometimes I noticed the same shaft of hair had both types...and different colors as it grew in. Enjoy the recovery...the good side!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Boy, I can relate. My eyebrows were 100% gone two months ago. Now they are 100% grown back! They were the last hair to go and the first to come back. After I had my brows back I stopped wearing my wig because I was so happy not to have a naked face any more!

      over 3 years ago
    • Marshah's Avatar

      Congratulations on the hair growth. The lack of hair is the 2nd most distressing part of having a diagnosis of cancer. Hair growth is to be celebrated

      over 3 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I do have my eyebrows back. My eyelashes are taking their time.
      A hairdresser showed me how to use 2 colors of eye pencil to draw on eyebrows. It does make it look more natural.

      over 3 years ago
    • pulley's Avatar

      So glad for you ,I know what it means for us to look just "Normal". Just as we were .Before C.
      Don't worry you will be loved by those who know you anyway also we are always way more conscious of ourselves than others. Hugs.

      over 3 years ago

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