Hi Debtex & Lynne
My hair was really long but I had about 6 inches chopped off last friday in readiness for chemo starting 19th August.
Like you, my hair has always been part of my identity and something that I have found hard to come to terms with after I was told 10 days ago that I needed chemo. (my tumour went up a grade after MX too). Since I got proactive, chopped a good deal off the length, went for a wig fitting and arranged with my friends to have a wine and head shaving party the day it starts falling out, I feel I am more able to cope with the idea. I think taking some kind of control over the event really helps.
I toyed with the idea of the cold cap but since my hair is naturally very dark and I've dyed it a bright copper colour for a number of years, I couldn't cope with having 6 months worth of dark roots which I wouldn't be able to dye. If I dyed it back to my natural colour, it would still be rather washed out looking at the ends without topping up the dye. In both cases the roots would have a pretty fair smattering of grey running through them too. In short, it would look hideous whatever I tried to do with it. I have also heard that the cold cap only works in about 50% of cases and even when it does work, quite a lot can fall out and the hair can get pretty thin. I think I would be more devastated, having gone to those lengths to try and save it, if I still lost it. So I'm resigned... the hair is going and I've chosen a fabulous, long, platinum blonde wig. I've never been blonde before... about the only colour I never dared to try. I took a bunch of friends to the wig fitting session and we were all amazed how great it looked! This could be the start of a whole new 'me'!! I should be able to rock the dumb blonde look perfectly once 'chemo fog' sets in!