Thursday, May 06, 2010


This gorgeous peacock resided outside a converted barn I stayed in recently. He got me thinking about my hair - or lack of it. I used to have quite a healthy head of shoulder length hair and I've had long hair all my life. Chemo claimed it and left me completely bald. It started to clump together after the first session and come out in small handfuls. About 10 days after the first session it was lying on the pillow when I woke up. I decided to take control and enlisted my Mum to give me a crop which I quite liked! Then my husband finished me off with his razor. I stayed bald for 5months and wore a wig. I quite liked the wig to begin with but now I just want my own head of hair back.

It is growing - slowly - and has gone from fluffy to a Mohican type style - tufts down the middle of my head which stick up and then various other sticky out bits over the rest of my head. I'm waiting for the day when I look in the mirror and can go 'yeah today's the day.' Then I'm going to ditch the wig and go free. It is a nondescript colour at present so quite excited to see what I'll end up with. I also lost my eyebrows and eyelashes but eyebrows have come back very 1980s - dark and bushy! Eyelashes are giving it a good shot but rather feathery at present - at least they are coming back. I looked at a photo the other day taken in the middle of chemo it gave me a real shock to see myself so hairless. Of course the hairs on my legs are rampaging! I look forward to feeling like this peacock - out there strutting my feathers!


JJ Beattie said...

It's a brave decision to decide like that to cut it but at least you quite liked the wig. I think they have got better in quality and style.

I've often thought of doing a sponsored head shave... anyone who knows me knows that I have a lot of mad hair. Perhaps one day I will. A cancer charity would be a good cause to do it for too.

I'm glad it's growing back.

Lane said...

So glad it's coming back. Though perhaps the legs could slow down a bit:-)

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NoviceNovelist said...

Thanks JJ - love the idea of your sponsored head shave - very brave! Lane - the legs are a riot of hair! It has me convinved that if there is a god it's a man!