Hi.. i joined the gym on a summer 6 week fixed term no contract membership thing after my surgery. I have a very active job & have changed to working from home soooo I had all this energy that I wasnt burning and sitting around when used to running around. I decided that I'd join for 6 weeks just to cover the first 2 cycles of chemo and then see how I felt. I go and do 45 minute sessions every other day (ish) and feel very pleased with myself when i have. Just gentle cardio; bike, cross trainer & tread mill. It also gets me out the house/my time. I did wear a very attractive head band today to absorb the sweat rather than it going in my hair, as to not have to wash my hair after gym like I normally would. I was advised against swimming which is a shame (infection risk) however I am enjoying my little work-outs
Hope that helps xx
Thank you Wendy.. Feel more "together" today. Went to the gym for a bit of sanity & feeling much better, thank you for your kind message
Check out www.heathershair.co.uk a charity providing human hair weaves on sweatbands or alice bands - saved my sanity!! All the best.
Hi Wend63 You must be feeling really confused and apprehensive but it's quite normal to feel like that. I have been on 2 different types of chemo ( FEC & taxoterre) and lost my hair both times. I tried the cold cap at the first time but my hair started to come out during the second treatment. I think the anticipation is the worst thing and I cried buckets over the fact that is was coming out on my pillow and comb etc. Once I decided it had to be shaved off a friend did it for me and after one last cry it felt better! I've had a wig both times from the NHS and they are marvellous, people just don't believe they are wigs. I,m now about to start a new chemo (Kadcyla) and probably will lose it again, not looking forward to that, it's a 'woman thing' isn,t it?
Try to keep thinking positive thoughts (not easy sometimes) but you can always share them with therest of us who know what you're going through.
At my hospital when you are due to start chemo, the chemo nurse gives you a voucher and a list of local hairdressers/wig suppliers so you can organise a wig to wear. I don't know if this is the same in other hospitals. I never used my voucher as I didn't fancy a wig, just wore hats or went native.
I was offered the cold cap during my 6 session of FecT. I found the following information helpful: Firstly I had my past my shoulder length hair cut very short. I only washed my hair when it really needed it, once a week with 'simple' shampoo. I didnt really know what I was looking for in the ph balance of shampoo's and so simple was the only one with 0% fragrance free on it so I chose that one! I didnt use cold water to wash my hair but I did have it much cooler than I would usually use. The first time I put the cold cap on I found it really uncomfortable, it made me feel sick and I couldnt talk and had to really zone out, I never thought I would be able to cope. I did not wet my hair before the cold cap, and it is really important that it is of a very tight fit. I had to wear it for half an hour before my chemo started and for half an hour after my last bag of chemo. It was changed every 30 minutes and don't be afraid to shout out if the nurses don't come to change it, they are so busy you may need to remind them! My hair started to fall out after my second chemo. I found it would shed about the 5th to 7th day after every chemo session. Don't be too alarmed!! It's a bit scary when you wake up and your pillow is covered (oh I used silk pillows as my hair didnt seem to fall out as much with them). I only combed my hair if it really needed it, having short hair meant I could get away with not having to 'style' it!! I used a very wide toothed hair brush and only used my hair drier on the lowest cool setting. I must admit sessions 4 and 5 were a real struggle, and I really thought of giving up BUT I knew it was helping my young children cope so i persevered and I'm so glad I did! People who did not know I was having treatment had no idea that I was. I could have even got away with not telling the children I was receiving chemo as they would not have realised the difference. The bald patches were about the size of a fifty pence on the side and back of my head where I laid and were only really visible when it was windy. If you are offered the cold cap I would give it a go!! IT WORKED FOR ME.