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I had my first chemo treatment on 9/2/11--taxotere/cytoxan. If I lose my hair, when can I expect to see that happen?

Connie Herrick Profile
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Survivor since 2011 over 8 years
 
  • Donna Beasley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hey Connie, all comments in reading go hand in hand with my chemo . It's been a year since my last treatment, you too will make it through this part. I use to make jokes about how much you didn't realize why you needed hair in so many areas. Well when you loose it you realize why.... Eye lashes..... Keep tears in N trash out... Nose....keeps the drips in your nose otherwise your setting there and it just keeps pouring out.... Under arms and legs don't have to be shaved. Yes! Funniest for last..... And don't mean to sound vulgar or unlady like.... But "Miss Kitty" starts loosing first, and when gone from that area there was no control of hitting in toilet... Almost like one of the boys everywhere! Like I said you have to make best out of this part but that laughter is truly the best medicine. Best of luck lady let me know if you need to talk or a good laugh. Donna
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    • Angela Ford Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Donna, great response! Laughter is a great form of treatment.

      almost 8 years Flag
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Connie. I'm currently going through chemo. My oncologist told me most women will start losing their hair within two weeks of their first treatment. She was right. I began losing my hair within 13 days from my first chemo. Losing your hair is understandably upsetting but I will tell you this and most women will say the same.....I was so upset about the prospect of losing my hair. The fear of losing your hair is truly worse than actually having it gone. I never would have believed it...but it's true. When my hair began falling out ( my hair was really long ) I had my boyfriend give me a buzz cut. It was difficult but I felt more empowered that way. It was easier than watching it come out in clumps. Hugs and best wishes in your journey, Diana. :)
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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Thanks, Diana. I am on day 9 today, so I will look for signs next week. I think I will sign up for the Look Good Feel Better group now rather than the one I signed up for in October! I also postponed my next hair appt--that would be sad to...

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      Thanks, Diana. I am on day 9 today, so I will look for signs next week. I think I will sign up for the Look Good Feel Better group now rather than the one I signed up for in October! I also postponed my next hair appt--that would be sad to spend big $ to have my hair cut and colored, and then have it fall out 2 days later!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      You're welcome Connie. I went to the Look Good Feel Better class in my area and really enjoyed it. :). It also helps so much to be able to talk to other women who have been..or still in our shoes. I also encourage you to find a support group in...

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      You're welcome Connie. I went to the Look Good Feel Better class in my area and really enjoyed it. :). It also helps so much to be able to talk to other women who have been..or still in our shoes. I also encourage you to find a support group in your area if you haven't already done so. I really have enjoyed talking to the ladies on Breastcancer.org. Just go to the discussion boards. They've been awesome! And the book "There's No Place Like Hope" by Vickie Girard. Just knowing that you're not alone in your journey is important in your getting well.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Oops..I meant to mention an awesome company that will send you a free scarf! There are several to choose from and they're beautiful and normally run from $75 on up. I picked a really pretty silk one and have received so many compliments when I...

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      Oops..I meant to mention an awesome company that will send you a free scarf! There are several to choose from and they're beautiful and normally run from $75 on up. I picked a really pretty silk one and have received so many compliments when I wear it. The website is www.franceluxe.com. Then click on the good wishes logo. They send a handwritten note with it. :)

      Diana

      over 8 years Flag
    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Today is Day 13, and my hair is starting to come out. If it continues through the weekend, I will just buzz it off I think.

      over 8 years Flag
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's a good idea Connie. How's it going now?

      over 8 years Flag
  • Stephanie Odom Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was told that when your scalp starts hurting or tingling, it means the hair is going to go. Mine did that on day 12 after my first T/C treatment so I buzzed it. Hair started falling out on day 16 so I razored it.
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  • Kim Traplin Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi connie, about 2 weeks you will start to notice hair loss, on the bright side, no waxing needed for a while, my thoughts are with you. Kim xx
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  • Connie Herrick Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Thanks Diana and Kim. I do have a great support group called Michelle's Place. It is a breast cancer resource center right here in my hometown, and they have a library, wigs and scarves, bras, support groups, exercise classes, and much more. I am fortunate. I think I will go ahead a bring a wig home, even if I end up purchasing one myself, just so I have something on hand. And I will certainly go online and order that scarf today!
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