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I started my 1st Chemo 3 weeks ago. In to my 2nd one, I read that my hair was going to fall out 13days after...but it's shedding so will it even fall?

Francine Williams Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer over 8 years
 
  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2006
    Greetings Francine in preparation of being told that I would lose my hair once I started chemotherapy I did a pre cut into a cute short style prior to starting my treatments. 14 days after my 1st round of Chemotherapy my hair started shedding. Since I didn't want to wake up daily running to the mirror to see how much was coming out and having hair loss spots all over my head I made an appointment with a barber and had it shaved off knowing that it would eventually grow back I got use to the new look and honestly prefer the bald look over the thinning and shedding . I received many compliments with the bald look. Not sure if people were just giving me the compliments out of sympathy or if they were sincere (LOL) After completing all my treatments it eventually started growing back. Also I have to admit it was quite interesting having various hair styles as my hair continued to grow different lengths. But the bottom line is that you must be happy in whatever decision you make as to cutting it now or just letting it shed daily. Continue to stay encouraged and know that someone that has walked in your shoes is keeping you lifted up in prayer. Love and Blessings Your Sister of Hope
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  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My hair didn't fall out until day 20 (with chemo treatment #1 being day 1). When it did start falling out it came out fast. What helped me was that I shaved my head around day 10 so that I would be ready when it did come out. To me, having 1/8" hair come out was less traumatizing than having 8" hair come out! I finished my 8th and final treatment last week! I wish you the best of luck!
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Oops sorry Tiff I accidentally put my comment for you under Francine's question.
      But I do want to tell you Congratulations on finishing your last treatment. I know it wasn't easy as I have walked in your shoes. However, stay encouraged and know...

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      Oops sorry Tiff I accidentally put my comment for you under Francine's question.
      But I do want to tell you Congratulations on finishing your last treatment. I know it wasn't easy as I have walked in your shoes. However, stay encouraged and know that God makes no mistakes.
      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister of Hope

      over 8 years Flag
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Congrats! I finished mine sept 27 and had surgery two weeks ago.

      over 8 years Flag
  • Francine Williams Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thanks!!
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  • Kathy M Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi Francine, I'm a few days behind you in chemo regimen. I just cut my hair short in preparation. Some chemo drugs may just thin your hair while others are guaranteed to knock out all your hair. I'm on AC/T and It's the A in my regimen that will definitely do it.
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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Hi Francine, Mine started coming out in my hands a d hair brush after day 12. The day after my second treatment, I asked a friend to shave my head (my mom took pictures if before and after) and leave a Mohawk...just made it a little easier. I had heard the hair gets everywhere, so I decided to take control. And it was really hard that it kept thinning out (my hair was long...). I didn't let it get to the point where it "fell" out My hair is just starting to come back in and it's been hard sone days--really hard at the beginning. But, I have a wig, lots of scarves, and slowly felt comfortable being bald in some settings. Before i shaved it and When I heard from survivors that it was liberating, I thought that was a bunch of BS, but did have times where it was a little liberating. But I'm definitely happy it's coming back in! I'm not going to sugar coat it--it's definitely tough, but keep your head up, be strong, and kick this thing in the butt!!!
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2006
    Congratulations Tiff on completing your last treatment. Stay encouraged and know that God makes no mistakes. Love and Blessings Your Sister of Hope
    over 8 years Comment Flag

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