My partner doesn`t like it either i think for him it`s the visible sign of cancer that scares him but it`s you that`s fighting this not him and as i have been told you have to be selfish and do what`s right for you not them.
If i wasn`t laughing and joking about it and looked at his face all the time i would feel pig sick but as far as i am concerned in this instance i and what i feel over rules any of his opinions.
Hi all i started Fec on the 12th Sept my hair started falling out on the 16th day but not in chunks just heavy shedding, my daughter reckons she has enough on her car seat to make a wig lol, My daughter then cut it short and the shedding reduced i still have hair even though its very thin eyebrows and eyelashes still in tact and all other body hair i do realise no two people are the same but just laugh through it, i am not going to let this get me down it`s a bit of hair and not as important as living.
Thanks Sue & Flopsy, especially regarding having it shaved off. I don't think it will last ntil next Wednesday, but may just get my hairdressers to cut (not shaved) it really short.
I went to Look Good Feeeling Better today and as my hair is such a mess I wore a cap and put a printed scarf around it my first attempt and I got quite a few comments how nice it looked and how did I do it, so not all bad.
My partner did not say anything, asked what he thought and no comment - guess he is finding it harder to deal with than I thought.
sorry to read that you you are having these challenges - unfortunately - it is part of the stuff we have to face.
It may not be wise now to have your hair shaved off, as you have already started chemo.
Should your scalp be 'knicked' it could cause an infection, which is not very desireable, as your immune system is now compromised. It may be distressing, but perhaps wait till week 2 past 2nd chemo, as this will be likely the point, where nearly all of your hair may have gone. It there are still strands left, perhaps talk to a nice friendly hairdresser - let them know your challenges - and perhaps they can cut any unsightly strands short, to make it look more acceptable, until they are gone, too.
Really sorry to hear about your hair Lisa.
Mine matted as well. After starting chemo I was so sick and weak I couldn't sit up to brush my hair. I lost all of the normal oils to my skin and I think that contributed to the severe matting. My hair was very fine and I had lots if it.
When I eventually washed it I couldn't get a wetbrush or a comb through it even with heavy conditioner. Hair Oil made no difference.
Although I used the cold cap it was the sudden dry frizziness that added to the matting which lost me some of my hair. The hair was still connected to my scalp but hard and frizzed and knotted. I had to cut them out in the end and they were solid.
Sorry you won't last until the 12th. It's such an awful part of chemo.
I am due to have my 2nd session on Wednesday.
Well I washed my hair today having not washed it since Friday and it came out in bucket loads. After washing it was so matted I ask my other half just to cut the lumps out.
So today I mainly sporting a semi hair look! - As I have my port cath op last this afternoon, no point in wearing anything on my head, but from tomorrow I will have to get my hair covered as it's a mess .
Scheduled to have my hair shaved off on the 12th - but at this rate it will be long gone before then
I got my wig from here:
http://hairtoware.co.uk/ They have the NHS contract for many hospitals in the South. They will know if you have to pay (I did not pay anything) towards it according to which Trust you come under.
I pick up my wig yesterday and my other half thought it look better than my own hair - how cheeky was that.
My hair is definitely getting thinner plan to hold on to until the 12th when I have an apt with my hairdresser, not sure if it will last until then 2nd chemo session on the 5th.
I am due to have my first lot of FEC on Saturday in Oxford and am panicing about my hair loss. Does anyone know how long it takes to have a wig sorted as I cant have my kids see me without hair and also with my hair falling out so I am planning to have it shaved and then wear the wig from the start?? Has anyone else done this?? Can anyone recommend a good wig shop in the south of england, I am happy to travel anywhere xx
Really useful post as I was wondering about this as having 1st fec t Wednesday. Had an appointment to look at wigs todsy, took my mum with me and and we have never laughed so much in ages (sounds a bit odd I know!) In fact at one point the lady starting patting my shoulder as i think she thought I was upset but I was crying laughing 😂. Really happy with final choice.
I had My first chemo on 16th November, I did use the cold cap, dreadingmy hair falling out, will I get the same head pain do you think?, think its the unknown that'sthe worse.