Chemotherapy drugs are powerful meds that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body — including those healthy cells that control your hair among other things. Having your hair fall out post chemo is weird. For me, this is my second time around with hair loss. I’ve learned from previous experiences that you just have to shave it right away. If you don’t, the hair will accumulate on your pillow, on the couch, or in the sink or shower. Clumps fall onto your shirt or into your hand as you rub your fingers alongside your head. For most cancer survivors, it is an experience they will never forget. Just like remembering where you were on 9/11, or for older adults when the Challenger exploded, or for Meg when the Red Sox finally won the World Series – I remember in a split second the two times now my hair started falling out.
Even though I never really had much hair to begin with, it’s still sad when it happens. That sadness is not for vanity reasons, at least not for me. While I know it’s no big deal, as a cancer survivor your hair falling out still represents a moment in time that unhappiness wins. Unhappiness wins as a result of cancer having a physical presence in my life. On days you want to forget, it’s there to remind of the fight that lies ahead.
I’m lucky I have a decent shaped head that looks better than most other aging males. I'm lucky I found a wonderful woman that will still love me. I'm lucky that bald is the new look in Hollywood and I'm just another star waiting for my shot at the big screen.
There are few other perks of losing your hair! I won’t have to shave, worry about an embarrassing nose hair sticking out, or sweating profusely – all the guys know what I’m talking about, especially you Bill. Ok - tmi...
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