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    Kimberly posted an update

    Chemo starts in 5 days. I need to find a wig! How do I pay for it? How long will it take for the hair to fall out and when should I get my head shaved? Will it be safe to work since I work at a school and am around sick kids all day? How will I pay the bills? Who's going to help me? How's going to help my boys when I'm too sick to take them places?

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      KarenG_WN

      Hi Kimberly, welcome. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources that can help with wigs, financial resources, rides to and from treatment and more. the American Cancer Society is an incredible resource. I suggest you contacts them at the phone number to the right and at the bottom of this page. They have a 24 hour/7 day a week hotline. We've had many discussions about hair. Here is a link if you'd like to read through them: https://www.whatnext.com/questions?utf8=✓&question_query=hair. Here is also a link to our financial resources board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/whatnextcancer/financial-resources/ You are not alone. We are here for you. You can also ask questions by clicking on Questions int he purple bar above. More people will see your questions that way.

      about 4 years ago
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      sharches

      You can get a free wig from the American Cancer Society. Just call and they will tell you a close location. You can make an appt. That is where I got my wig.It gets to hot to wear at work. I got Chemo Caps on line. Chemowear. However they are cheaper at " Cookies Place" at the Florida Cancer Society" Stay strong and active it helps limit the effects. I started gardening and got a puppy. I'm too busy to feel the effects other than hair loss. That is very difficult.

      over 1 year ago
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    Loss (Body part/function): Losing your breast is no easy thing. I have always considered myself a fairly attractive lady and have taken care of my body by eating health foods and exercising to stay at an average weight. Now, I have been lying around for a month and what muscle I had is fading fast. I;m gaining some weight due to lack of movement. I expect I'll lose the weight once chemo starts.

    I also wonder if I'll ever feel sexy again. Will my fake breast, without any feeling, be a major disgusting turnoff to any man?

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): I had my double mastectomy on July 18th. August 6th a new drainage tube was inserted into the left breast because of excess blood and inefficient drainage. It is now September 1st, I only worked five days in August and I am still in a annoying amount of pain. I have difficulty with everyday tasks at work and home. The simpleist thing like opening doors, reaching for dishes on the second shelf and picking up a pile of laundry are all tasks my boys are doing for my now.

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    Decision Point (lumpectomy or double mastectomy): Being newly separated, after an 18 year verbally and emotionally abusive marriage, at age 54, timing couldn't have been worse. I was already struggling financially since I still wasn't getting child support. Now my odds of finding a life partner have gone up dramatically. All my baggage would scare away any decent man. Plus with no family left except my 12 and 15 year old boys, how am I suppose to get through this? How do we survive if I can't work?

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): May 2012 I was diagnosed with triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma.

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