Ever since the day Donovan was born, I’ve been hearing the same thing over and over again, “He looks JUST like his father.” Lately, however, people are starting to notice my resemblance to my handsome son. Maybe it’s the eyes? Could it be the nose? No, it is definitely the hair!
While not all chemo drugs cause hair loss, baldness is the universal tell tale sign that a woman has cancer. Some women are quite comfortable with their lack of locks. I met a brave woman at the cancer clinic last week who told me that the only time she covers her head is when it is cold outside. If people stare at her in a rude way, she will say something like, “Excuse me, do I have a hair out of place?” That takes courage. For some women, on the other hand, losing their hair is more emotionally traumatic than losing a breast.
I fall somewhere in between those two extremes. I can honestly say that I did not shed a tear when my hair fell out shortly after my first chemo session. In fact, once it started coming out by the handful, I was like someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As one woman put it, “It was like plucking a chicken. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.” While I’ve never had the pleasure of plucking an actual chicken, I did give literal meaning to the expression, “I feel like pulling my hair out!”
Although I was personally comfortable with my own baldness, I was not comfortable enough to bare it to the world. Not until now. And that is only because I have been told that I look JUST like Demi Moore from the movie G.I. Jane. Well, I have been told that by myself, but if you stretch your imagination just a little you might pick up on the resemblance. Is it the eyes? The nose? No, it is definitely the hair.
Tip: While being bald has its perks, it is a joyous day when new hair starts to grow in. Be patient, it WILL grow back.