- Fernandina Beach, FL
- Member Since Dec 2012
Their Diagnoses (1)
- Patient: Breast Cancer
- Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 73, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes
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dobes shared an experience
Side Effects (Hair loss (alopecia)): "B Day" (Bald Day) turned out not to be as terrifying and traumatic as I expected. When I woke that day, the Serenity Prayer (God grant me the serenity to accept that which I cannot change....) kept playing over and over in my head, giving me comfort. Then we agreed that, after my daily walk on the beach, my husband would shave my head. As I walked in the heavy fog, I reached my turnaround point and stopped at the edge of the water. I began to run my hands through my hair and hold them out to the wind which cast them on the tide gently flowing to my feet and back out again. It was very liberating and empowering that I had control over when and how and where I would let go of my hair. When I returned to my car, I was at peace.
Of course, it was a shock to my husband when I walked in with little hair--he said I looked like a mangy cat. :) But he shaved the rest easily, for both of us, and without the tears and trauma we had expected.
Cancer will not control me; I am in charge of my life, and I will beat cancer. May my experience help others facing their own fears over hair loss.