It is a week ago Monday that I had chemo number two. I had planned on writing this sooner but I was unable to sit at the computer very long because of really bad joint pain. I had the same thing happen for a couple of days after chemo number one but this time it lasted until yesterday. It still is not gone completely but I am feeling much better and able to sleep better too. Other than that, the chemo was uneventful.
My hair – is mostly gone. When I had my first chemo, the nurse told me that it would be about two weeks when my hair started to fall out so I had a short hair cut done (not shown). She was right on. On the 2nd Monday after that chemo, I could pull out hair by the hand full. The day after that happened, I went and had a buzz cut. Yep, I cried!!
My friend and photographer, Doris Smith Dickenson took the first photo of me before I started chemo and before any hair loss. The next one was taken just two weeks after my first chemo and the last one was taken on January 25th. As you can see, so far, I have not lost all of my hair. It has turned into very thin fuzz though and seems to have stopped falling out so maybe this is it. Know what??… losing it was not nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be. I don’t like it but it truly is “just hair” and not who I am. I know that not everyone will not feel this way and we all have to handle the hair loss or any other changes in a way that is best for us. As you go through this journey of cancer and all that goes with it, you find there is not a “one size fits all”. Each person has to handle their battle and emotions to best fit their needs.
My next chemo will be on February 15th. It will be the last one until after radiation. Radiation will start about a month after the number three chemo and will last for five weeks. The doc told me that I will definitely have two or three more chemo sessions after the radiation. I am getting through this without a lot of ado. If someone had told me that I would post a photo of my almost bald head when I was first diagnosed, I would have told them that they were crazy. Would I go out in public with my bald head. Heck no!!! All-in-all though, I am getting through this. I probably should apologize for this boring post but I, for one, am so very glad that there is not much to report. It means that things are not nearly as scary or bad as my mind had them being when I started this journey. It’s all good!
Chemo Number One (January 5, 2016)
Cancer – A Journey (November 17, 2015)
CT Scan – (November 19, 2015)
Another Doctor – (November 30, 2015)
NHRMC, Wilmington, NC (December 22, 2015)