Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Hair After Chemo

Well, I am pretty depressed tonight about my hair. I realized it's been a year just about since my last chemo. As of October 23rd! That's a big deal and I am very happy. The problem is during chemo I did lose a lot of hair. My hair was so so thin. During ABVD treatments you really are expected to lose it all. I have a feeling my pregnancy hormones may have helped me hold onto some of it. I would wash my hair and it fell out in clumps. I still held onto a percentage. I never cut it, I kept it in a ponytail the whole time. Right before the end of chemo I got excited. I missed my thick full hair and decided to cut it off so that it could grow back healthy and thick. Well, it seems thinner, more fried then ever and just blah. I switched to a good shampoo. I am using Bedhead Dumb Blonde. Yes. It's really called that and no I am not a dumb blonde. It has done well in making my hair shine. In the curly hair pic I think it's pretty shiny! The problem is I have lots of hair falling out still. It's not like before, but it's just breaking off. It's not falling out at the roots it's breaking. It's so fragile that if the baby pulls on it it seems to just snap in half. I am at a loss as to what to do. Before everyone starts thinking, stop coloring it I must say I have colored my hair my entire life and it was always healthy. I don't do it very often. I space it out. I do not wash my hair every day but I do use a flat iron otherwise I'd be a huge frizzy puff ball. I am choking up over this because I want my hair back!! If anyone has a good product to recommend, please, let me know!! I am including some before photos. My hair was so thick and full...and longer. *sigh*

Before:
edited to use link because it was huge!

My hair before chemo

and not a drop of makeup in this one =/



After:

10 comments:

Angelika said...

OMG, you look like my BFF. Except she has no eyebrows or eyelashes without makeup.

So your hair didn't fall out?

How's Gabriella? I didn't know they could give you chemo while you're pregnant.

A Soldier's Wife said...

God Bless You!Be strong always!

Mandi said...

This is an amazing blog. Be strong, although sometimes I'm sure that feels impossible. My mom went through the same thing as you when she was pregnant with my brother. He's now 28 and perfect (getting married next year!). He's the picture of health, good looking, happy and unaware of just how much mom went through when he was growing inside her. Good luck you are in my prayers.

Arie Wijaya said...

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Be strong, keep praying, i will inform you other development okay.

Sandi said...

Angelika I actually do have a picture of myself right after the baby and only a month after chemo where I do in fact have pretty much no eyebrows and not much for lashes. Maybe I'll post it sometime. :)I am so happy those did come back in pretty well. Yes having chemo while pregnant is a tough choice but surprisingly the small amount of data they have often is showing some chemo regimensa can be safely done while pregnant. Usually after the first trimester but I started mine at the end of the first. The main problem is not having enough information out there about the safety of it. I now have befriend several women who did what I did and all the baby's are healthy!

Sandi said...

oh and Gabriella is doing wonderfully. She was born healthy and will turn one next month!!

On The Verge said...

I wish I could suggest something for you. I haven't come across anything that works well, either. Thanks for the advice yesterday. I still don't know how I feel about her going.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I love you hair and you look fabulous without makeup. Just saying.

I have a girlfriend that had breast cancer and all her hair fell out during Chemo. Her hair is far more beautiful now after it grew back. Thicker and just plain beautiful.

Have a great day. :)

cielo said...

HI sis, you are so beautiful no matter what...

I admire your courage and the inspiration that you bring...

Keep on blogging and keep on inspiring others...

"A Mom's love is pure...it encompasses any odds"

sheilamarie said...

i remember when my mom went through her chemo in her 70's, and all her hair fell out. but, being the lady she was, started a new trend wearing gorgeous scarves whenever she goes out (we don't normally don scarves as it's very hot in our country). and she had a wig as well, that looked like the real stuff.

stay strong, and will be keeping you in our prayers =) hugs to the kids