Hair

 I don’t mean to sound like I’m not glad I’m alive. I am very happy to be alive and I try to live each day to the fullest. But my hair keeps getting worse and worse and I look like a freak. I’ve lost a lot of hair where I have no sideburns and half bald around my ears. Guess I just wanted to vent. Guess I need to go Buy a wig. But I’m just having a hard time accepting  that if I want to look decent for the rest of my life however long that is  I may have to wear a wig. I am 5 1/2 years out of treatment. Praise God. One day at a time. 

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Whatever makes you feel better, do it. Hey, Alex Trebeck is wearing one now. I loved my wigs, I got synthetic because in Florida humidity, they stayed looking great, no frizz either! My husband got quite a thrill watching me try them on, thought he could pick his "new woman" brunette, but no, sorry dear!
Nowadays the synthetic ones are made in varied tones and look very genuine.
So many friends of mine are experiencing hair loss, even without chemo, makes me wonder if it's our food? Because food sure isn't what it was when I was growing up! Both of my sisters suffer from this too. I hope you find something that works for you. XX
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Thanks Tyndall. Appreciate that.
Second Tyndall...get a wig and put your worries to one side. I am sorry you have this hair problem...hope you are otherwise doing ok!
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Yes I am Helen. And seeing some of yalls posts just encourage me. Thank you and hope you are doing well.
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Have you tried Minoxidil? I used it since I started chemo in 2017 until December 2018. It was working. I found it the cheapest online at Costco. https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Hair-Regrowth-Treatment-Extra-Strength-for-Men%2c-5%25-Minoxidil-Topical-Solution%2c-2-fl.-oz%2c-6-pack.product.11501138.html
I used it in addition to vitamins. Otherwise, a wig may be an option. I've heard you can get it from American Cancer society for free. Hugs!
Go ahead and get a wig! They look so natural today compared to years ago. Enjoy it as long as you need it. You can go anywhere in the spur of the moment without worrying about doing your hair. It will make you feel better which is the important thing.
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Thank you
Your hair is still falling out from treatment 5 yrs ago?? Did the doctor say you could do anything? I’m sorry you have to feel sad. I had a wig after treatment. I got one that looked exactly like my hair looked prior to chemo. I thought I would go in and get something completely different but I just wanted to feel like me again. But a wig if it makes you feel better. My doctor wrote a prescription for my wig and the insurance paid for it. They don’t cover so many things but they did cover that. Post a pic if you get one! Hugs!!!
Thanks. It was after treatment, I thought my hair was growing back. It was a long time after though I started noticing that I was hairless where my sideburns had been and kind of looked like I’d been scalped around my ears. I have just lived with it but haven’t felt real good about my looks. I’m 70 and decided if I didn’t want to look weird for the rest of my life I was going to have to do something. So now I’m going back to the cancer center and they have a little shop where they provide wigs, turbans, hats etc. and see what can be done.
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I hope you find something you love! 💙
BECAUSE ITS ME..... I DID NOT KNOW THAT GIRLS HAD SIDEBURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF ONLY I HAD THAT PROBLEM IN MY NOSE AND EARS.... WHY IS IT THAT YOU GET HAIR WHERE YOU DON'T NEED/WANT IT???

IF YOU WANNA WEAR A PIECE....GO FOR IT! STAY HAPPY
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I don't blame you! It's hard to lose hair!
I know there is a woman's disorder, that is common and perhaps something to be done; I know it also include weight gain:https://www.thebodywellusa.com/the-most-misdiagnosed-and-mistreated-hormonal-problem-in-women/
*also thyroid disorders can cause this (happened to me after treatment)
Maybe time to have a physical with primary care?
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There may be other options than a full wig. My cousin (who did not have cancer) has hair fine hair that is thinning. She uses men's Rogaine (which although may not grow hair, might stabilize the thinning)

She has something called a topper.or a wiglet A hair piece that is attached to a comb or something that sits on your head on top of y0ur hair. It looks great and she is very happy...not uncomfortable like a full wig. Best to find a really good shop that can match your hair colour and help you style the piece.
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Thank you so much.
If you haven't seen your primary care doctor, I would suggest it. There are conditions, other than having had cancer treatment, that can cause hair loss. Check out this website:

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/women-hair-loss-causes#1

It could very well be related to your treatment, but then again, it may not. If you feel better wearing a wig, then I wouldn't hesitate to get one (or several for different looks).
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Thank you so much. I’ll check it out!
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Hi Rosemary,
I am also 5 1/2 years out, and about 2 years ago, I had a period of hair loss. Went to a dermatologist and she explained that it was prob from some traumatic event and that was how my body reacted.My hair eventually came back and in the meantime I used taped extensions. Also, my hair is definitely thinner than when it grew back after treatment. I recently had more thorough thyroid testing and it showed that I have Hashimoto's, which is a pre-hypothyroidism condition. So might be a good idea to check in with your GP.
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Thanks Daisy. I’m doing better, maybe it’s because of better shampoo and conditioner or styling or something. I’m not blow drying it anymore and just wash conditioner comb and go to bed. And it’s working for me. Think I was trying too hard to have perfect hair. The story of my life. Now just not worried about it. Hope you’re doing good. Loved that interview by Maria Cross on CBS. Did you see it? Or maybe you were the one that posted it?
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May 10, 2018

Midland, Texas 79701

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma

March 15, 2013

Stage 2

Yes

Mitomycin

I stopped going to my oncologist after my first exam after finishing treatment. Don't know if I would recommend that for anybody else as I've wondered a million times if any cancer has come back. I've tried to eat a plant based diet.

I feel the chemo did weaken organs in my body.

Lymph nodes maybe.

October 4, 2013

December 30, 2013

Bleeding, painful protrusion.

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