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Hi Vic55 Thanks for reply I see you are an earlybird! I have just realised that I am sleeping better/longer even though broken sleep than when I first was diagnosed/surgery- so there is one good sign hey
So I am ok with any mild stuff. I dont know how I will manage as I wash my hair every day whilst I shower as it is short choppy and dried in a few minutes and I use gel products - I suppose I will bring it out quicker keep washing it then but it will look such a mess if not freshly washed!
Oh Vic I am choked up imagining you sat there- I just cant come to terms why us! I just need to get some ooomph! from somewhere and be like you and give this monster a good kick
I am waiting to go Onc 22nd July for treatment plan so like you ladies say thats all the waiting over with and it has to be dealt with. I cant stop reading about triple negative cancer, I didnt think it was bad! I thought negatives were meaning its gone! I am so stupid, but the more I read it is sinking in that this is a battle I have as the only treatment for T/N is Chemo and I may just not be able to have that if heart not good- up to specialist- OMG where do I go from there then.
I have looked at a few wigs online and am warming to a couple - maybe I know I have to get over it and go out but I am not full of confidence I will think everyone can tell.
Ok time to get off this computer - been reading since about 11.30 given myself a headache, will go and make a nice cuppa and think about Sunday Lunch, I have my Grandson tommorrow then Cardiologist appt Tues and Onco appt Wednesday - I will let you know you take care and feel as good as you can MaggieX
To everyone I havent replied to thanks for your advice on Wigs and headwear. I am not very good on computer and find it difficult to follow who I have said thanks to.... I am rubbish really
Everyone take care Maggie X
Hi Vic55 sorry for delayed reply. Thanks for you advice all the ladies on here are so good. I should have been at oncologist 15th July but its now 22nd July have to visit Cardiologist first on 21st July so busy week coming up. I will let you know if I get any advice from the hospital? I have been onto one of the sites for wigs/scarves that was suggested to me and I felt bit better having read a bit about them would you get real hair or not? Having read about the cold cap and listenning to others on the forum I am not going to try it as I can get a severe headache/migrane at the flick of a switch so they say not suitable if you have problems with headaches.
Hope you arewell dont know if you are in/out of treatment but enjoy the weather we are having, we have been seeing to the outside of the house my husband is busy painting/ cleaning conservatory etc and I am tidying in a fashion when I feel like it, I get bursts of energy am 4 weeks after surgery now and all good, trouble is the nice weather will have gone before I can sit and chill in garden Take care Maggie x
Hi KM thanks for your reply. I wont know what "mix" Chemo I am getting until 22nd July Oncologist visit. What is Fec-T? I am not used to all these med terms. I went to a salon for 20years and my hairdresser started from home so I go there. How do I know which Salon to go to or that they are good enough/experienced/sympathetic to Chemotherapy sufferers? My own hair has always had the out-of-bed choppy urchin cut for approx 10 years and I have a lot of white/grey at front so have it tinted/highlighted in creamy blondes. Its quite short anyway so wont be such a drastic change compared to long hair. When hair starts to fall out do you still shampoo as normal- I shower/hair everyday, hair is so easy to rough blow dry and gel - guess I wont be able to do this then?? How do you shower a bald head- normal shower gels then?? Scarves - so you think they draw attention to the fact that you are a Cancer sufferer- I dont want attention.
We havent been out socially since before my surgery. y husband wants us to go out tonight just a small social club of ours, but I know word gets around and I am dreading walking in because they are all so nice and will give big hugs as there are a few ladies who have been there done it as we say, bet I chicken out!!!
I took your advice and had a look on Trendco- I found myself warming to the idea for a while, I did spot a couple practically same as my own style, so maybe no-one will notice the change? If you order off there do they just send it to you- how do you know it fits ? Did they feel hot and heavy/itchy how do you wash wigs and how often ? I dont even put hats anywhere near me I look like something out of a pantomime
I am so sorry to hear that you are on your second chemo did you know you might have to have it. I hope that you get through this one easier then as you probably will have learned little tricks to help you along the way on your first run? also sorry if I have bombarded you Maggie XX
Firstly remember that not all chemo drugs make your hair fall out. If you are getting Fec-T it will though but it will start growing back when you are on the T part of the treatment. So it all depends what your are prescribed. I am also in Scotland and we are given a prescription which covers up wig of up to £200, although they are synthetic they are really good. If the salon/shop you go to don't have the wig in stock, they will order it in for you and it usually comes within a week. There so many choices of styles and colour that they can't stock them all. I would start by looking at a few websites for ideas first of all to let you know what is out there. It will help you narrow down your choices. Trendco are a good one to browse through. Like you I wanted it to look like me, it is harder if you have really curly/wavy hair though. I bought scarves etc too, but actually hated wearing them outside as I felt like too much of a victim, so they were a waste of time and money for me - I sold them all on eBay! I think we tend to fall into the wig or scarf categories. Obviously I did without anything while at home though. I am having chemo for the second time at the moment but am trying the cold cap as I don't want to lose it all again. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me.
Hope all goes well for you
K M x
Sorry, forgot to say, my wig took a week to collect after ordering from salon. When the wig came, I had another fitting and had the fringe trimmed to my liking x
Hi Maggie, once I'd decided on chemo with onc I was given a voucher. My onc also advised to get my hair cut
'as short as I can manage' to give the cold cap the best chance of working. So, the following week I found a wig that I liked (a salon that was contracted to take NHS wigs) and had my shoulder length hair cut in the same style. I admit, the first 3 wigs I tried were awful (I looked like Esther Rantzen!), but I persevered and found the right one.
I was told I looked (and felt) 10 yrs younger with my shorter hairstyle. I'm 54 but feel younger by decades, well at least two!
The voucher covered the cost of the wig. It is synthetic but the salon doesn't use real hair because real hair is such high maintenance - washing, conditioning etc., the salon owner recognised that to maintain a real hair wig when one isn't feeling well is too much for many women.
I tried the cold cap on my 1st chemo but struggled with it (not everyone does) and decided I wouldn't use it again (personal choice) but on day 19 of 1st chemo, my hair started falling out, not in clumps, but all over, not enough for others to notice but it has thinned considerably.
I feel confident knowing that I have a wig and scarves ready for when I need them. Of course, we're all different and will suffer more or less hair loss but I think it helps psychologically, emotionally and practically to be prepared. Wishing you well, take care x
Hi Vic55 thank you for replying. I feel better now knowing that the advice comes from Nurses etc. Did you get one that is same as your own style or did you want to have a change of style. I want one just same as me I dont want anyone to notice I am not good with people staring! At moment I cant imagine even going through the doors when I have lost my hair. I am dreading it totally. Hope you keep happy MaggieX
hopefullholly thanks so much for info. Can I ask how long was it for your wig to be ready to collect? Noted the online sites for headscarves will check out. Wishing you well Maggie X
Hi Maggie, I had a NHS voucher for £100 when I met my oncologist. I was told that the chemo regimen I was on would lead to hair loss. Before chemo started I went to a salon, chose a wig and had my hair cut in a similar short style. I don't know about your chemo regimen but imagine that if it involves hair loss, you will be given same advice and voucher. I felt better knowing that if I did have hair loss, I had a wig ready. I also bought a couple of headscarves from annabanda and suburbanturban (both online). My wig is from a company called Natural Image and does look really good. I've only had 1 chemo and have not had to use them yet but, as my hair started falling out on day 19 of my cycle, I don't think it will be long before I'll be using both. Hope this helps. Wishing you well with your treatment x
I am due at Oncologist 22nd July I am triple negative and only treatment is Chemotherapy and Rardiotherapy. My Oncologist may not give me Chemo if my heart condition is not how she wants as there are risks to other body organs with Chemo. I have appointment with my Cardiologist 21st July so fingers crossed.
I have read a bit of information on Headstart etc. but at what stage do you need to make plans so that you have some headgear if hair loss is as quick as some ladies (1-2sessions Chemo) Do they do NHS wigs or are they not good. How expensive are they. Thanksladies all have the best time you can in our circumstances Maggie x