Monday, 16 November 2020

Growing back

 

I'm pleased to see my hair has started to grow back. I've just looked back through the blog and can't believe it's almost six months since I shaved off my hair as I knew I was about to lose it all anyway. I even lost my eyebrows and eyelashes and I certainly didn't shave those off. I have not been keen to wear the wig I bought much preferring my turban style hats to cover up. I'm not sure I can embrace my baldness especially when it comes to going out whenever that may be.

I didn't know I had that rash on the back of my neck but no matter.  I'll be back to my old self in no time. Just wondering if my hair will grow back curly, I do hope so as I have always had straight hair. Some ladies on the ward told me it can grow back curly. I remember the days when I used to have to pay to have a perm. We'll see.


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  1. It's good to see your hair is growing back and I hope the rash soon clears up. Maybe next year I'll see you with a mass of curls :)

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    1. My Mum used to say if I ate my crusts they would make my hair grow curly. They didn't. Better luck with the chemo although definitely not to be recommended.

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  2. My friend's hair has recently grown back and it's wavy. It came as quite a surprise as it was previously poker straight. X

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    1. I hope your friend is recovering well Jules. I'd be happy with wavy hair as mine was previously poker straight, I've saved a fortune on hair products.

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  3. My hair grew back curly but quickly went straight and grey, my eyebrows and lashes grew back really thin, but now you are counting the positives.

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    1. If mine grows back curly I need it to stay that way, I wouldn't mind thin eyebrows too :) My hair seems to be brown as it was before, if it changes colour then so be it.
      I know we are grateful to have had our treatments and thankful for our wonderful NHS. Losing our hair for a few months is a small price to pay.

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  4. You'll have flowing locks again in no time. Fingers crossed for curls, though I know many people with curly hair consider it a curse.

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    1. I imagine it will grow quite quickly again as I used to have a trim about every five weeks. I did not like my straight hair and used hair products to give it some body. What will be will be.

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  5. Good to see the hair is growing back & if curly that would be a bonus. I too used to have mine permed at times, though I've never coloured it as being like a tortoiseshell cat it had various colours through it (mostly I was a strawberry blonde) & it changed seasonally, but it's very, very straight. I still eat all my crusts & even the ones each of the loaf as DH doesn't like them. Mines still straight, but if he had any, his was wavy..........Take care, stay safe & hugs from down under.

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    1. I remember going for highlights once and you couldn't tell I'd had anything done and had to return. That was the first and last time and have never coloured my hair either.I think I'll be glad when I have hair again but do admit to quite like wearing my turban style caps.

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  6. I know you will love having your hair back no matter what I have a friend that has had cancer for many years and is on a permanent low dose of chemo. Her hair never gets a chance to grow back. But, she has 3 lovely wigs that look similar, so natural and lovely that I am actually a little jealous! She always looks like she just came from the salon. My hair is naturally curly with 3 colors; brown, grey, and white. I used to color it but it grows so fast! I just had a perm because although it is curly and wavy it's all over the place. I like uniformity!💖

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    1. I do feel sorry for your friend Susan. The wig I bought does look natural but of course I've not not many chances to wear it during this pandemic and I have been shielding at home in between hospital visits. I just find it easier to pop on one of my hats.

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  7. Hi Eileen, just surfing the net as bored with work and came across your blog. I was treated for breast cancer in 2017 and I'm fit and well and still working even though I'm over retirement age. I let my hair fall out naturally with the chemotherapy and was bald for a while. I also hated the wigs so embraced baldness once my chemo was finished. My hair came back curly at first but has returned to it's old self now, which is straight with a slight wave. Oddly it came back dark with less grey than I did have and my work colleagues think I dye it but I don't. Do whatever is right for you and don't worry about how others will react. You're the one who went through treatment now enjoy reinventing yourself. The brain fog takes a fair time to lift but it does. Take care and stay safe

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    1. Welcome to my blog Lyndsey. It's always good to hear from other cancer survivors and I'm happy to know you are now fit and well.I've always been fussy about my hair and once I stopped having perms many years ago I kept my hair short and layered and using products to give it some body. It certainly will be interesting to see how my hair turns out as it regrows. Good advice about reinventing myself when I'm ready. Take care.

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  8. Fingers crossed for curls for you Eileen, you certainly deserve them.

    This might make you think about hair styling (sorry it got long) . . . growing up I was taught that my hair had to be blown dry over a brush, endlessly repeating the action until it was bone dry. One of many things I was 'conditioned' to do which has turned out to be rubbish! I started growing my hair longer about 4 years ago and reaching collar length co-incided with a period of fabulous summer weather. In a hurry to get out with Daisy most mornings I started leaving my hair just roughly towel-dried and going out a bit damp.

    I did not "catch my death" as I'd been conditioned to believe would happen if I dared leave the house with my hair a mess, but instead found my always incredibly straight locks had a slight wave all of their own. Yipee.😜 I found some lovely 'product' which did not make hair feel sticky, and invested in a diffuser attachment for my hairdryer.

    Result = even longer hair with a slight wave I might have had for years and never knew! So as soon as yours gets a bit longer, resist the temptation to "blow it dry". xxx

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    1. That's interesting Jayne. I've always blown dried my hair and kept it short so it was tidy. My hair just doesn't suit me when it grows long but unsurprising as it has always been short and layered. Something I can test out for myself now, just let my hair grow. I seem to remember my mother saying I'd catch my death of cold if I didn't dry my hair properly.

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  9. It seems we have all been brought up in the mindset of 'don't go out with your hair wet or you'll catch your death', I was too, yet nothing was ever said when I travelled five miles home on the bus with wet hair after I'd been to the swimming pool! :)

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    1. That made me laugh. Oh yes, old wives' tales. I had to wear one of those rubber swimming caps no doubt so I didn't catch my death walking home from the swimming pool. I seem to remember I took it off to have a shower after the swimming lesson, no hairdryers there of course.

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    2. The dreaded rubber swimming cap! Mine was a red one but I only used it when I was in primary school, once I 'grew up' and went to grammar school it was dispensed with immediately!

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    3. Horrid things weren't they. I have no memory of what colour mine was, you must have been traumatised by yours :)

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