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    mlibrarian asked a questionMultiple Myeloma

    New hair

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      CAS1

      Try using very gentle and natural products..I too had the tight curls and I loved it also..Its taken almost 5 years for my hair to return to normal.. I also take 5,000 mg of Biotin every day.. My nails are another story..they have not returned to normal

      almost 3 years ago
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      cllinda

      I used baby shampoo for almost a year when my hair was coming back. It grows so slowly when it comes back. I had my first trim after about 3 months of growth, and then three months later for a haircut. It took quite a while until I had my normal "every six weeks" haircut. My first trim was just to shape my hair, more than a real haircut.

      almost 3 years ago
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      Carole357

      Short hair is so freeing. Biotin is key, gentle shampooing, and don't wash/dry every day. 1 year later and my hair is so thick and I am loving my pixie. Don't miss my long hair at all.

      almost 3 years ago
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    how do you tell very young children about cancer w/o scaring them?

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      Last year, my son and I took my grandchildren (his sons) on vacation. We had told them prior to leaving that I was sick with cancer. We didn't go into all of the gory details, but we did let them know that I might not have the stamina that they were accustomed to me having. We did tell them that cancer is a life-threatening disease but that I was doing everything I could to beat it. The kids were 5, 7, and 12. They didn't have much to say about it, one way or the other.

      We went to Carlsbad Caverns. The bat guano or something in the caverns is being studied for treating cancer ... I can't remember what right now. The 5 year old heard that and got so excited. "Grandma, maybe they will cure your cancer," he shouted!

      Other than that, which shows he did understand what we had said, the kids never seemed to be affected at all by being told that I had cancer or that it could be deadly.

      about 4 years ago
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      Very simple, tell them you were sick and lost your hair because of that and now it's going to re-graw again...just like when you get sick, you stay in bed with high fever and loose weight and can't eat and after few days you get better...

      about 4 years ago
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      RAC

      I told my two oldest girls yesterday (8-6). We have daddy--daughter talks a lot, so they were used to sitting down and talking with me. We were camping at the beach in the Florida Keys, and I got them up early to see the sun rise. We went to the shore, we said a prayer together, and then I explained to them why I have been going to the hospital so much recently. I didn't tell them any details--just simply that I have cancer, and that I am going to have a surgery to get it removed.
      They have a friend who is their age who has cancer, so they knew what I was talking about. I think they were a little sad, but they started playing on the beach and didn't say much more about it. We came up with a plan for the rest of our day, and had an awesome time together. Last night my oldest made a joke about how my hair won't have to change much if I start taking Chemo, because I am already bald. I guess my take-aways were 1) Talk to kids about cancer on their level--no need to get too technical with it; 2) Shave my head in advance so I can be the butt of the inevitable "bald jokes"; 3) Get over myself and realize that they are resilient--I didn't need to make a big deal out it. 4) If all else fails, distract them with a fantastic family vacation on a tropical resort island...

      about 4 years ago
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