Taking the heavy shedding last week as a sign of what I would experience after Chemo dose#4 yesterday, I went home to spend the evening working with scissors and razors to take it all off.

As I would pull a lock away from my head to cut it down to shavable length, a chunk of the lock pull out of my head rather easily, no pain at all, like an extremely loose tooth. "That would have been all in your bed," says my Aunt. I'm glad I didn't leave myself to make this decision at 5am this morning.

Couldn't find my buzz trimmer to save my life, then halfway though realized it was probably "packed" in a two year old gesture toward selling my home that didn't pan out. Well, I wasn't about to go digging at 10pm with a half-shaved head. So I just worked at it, showered twice in hot water to open my pores then took a dry towel to scrubb my scalp, pulling large portions of stubble out that were ready to fall anyway.

My aunt helped with the final portions of the back and especially around my neck where my hair was thickest and grew in six different directions.

All said and done with my head, I realized the the peach fuzz on my face was now extremely prominant. I had to get rid of my mutton chops--yikes!


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Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 5, 2013 at 3:19pm

Definitely a plunge... here's what I look like when I do my annual shear in August:

Comment by Jewellya on April 5, 2013 at 4:36pm

My, my, dear Sir, from the looks of things, I'd say you were trying to seduce me.

there are some men who look far more handsome after a good shear.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 6, 2013 at 5:52am

As you can see my avatar pic has changed I do have a tendency to get shaggy, in fact I'm due for trim soon.  If it wasn't so damn cold up here in the North Bay exurbs, I'd be inclined to take the plunge in solidarity of the beauty and courage of bald; but I find I'm  needing the insulation against the damp chill.  The least I could do was come out with the new avatar.  Be well, be better.   As Sylvia commented: You are stunning!

Comment by Lou LaRoche on April 6, 2013 at 6:32am

You'll feel better about it when the sun's had a little time to unpale your scalp. Looking in a mirror then won't reveal a blindingly white bonce anymore, but one that blends more comfortably with your facial complexion.

For what it's worth,  you can totally pull the no-hair look off. Some people, no matter what they try, still look like cancer patients. Other folks look cool and kinda hip, like the no-hair was a lifestyle choice and the cancer just kinda happened as a co-incidence. You're in the second group.

Hang in there - lots of folks sending you lots of love. You and your lovely new hair-undo.

Lou x

Comment by Jewellya on April 6, 2013 at 6:41am

thanks Lou, when I went out at lunch yesterday to get a little sun on it I felt the "eyes" and imagined at some point some kid would ask "hey, you got cancer or you just cool like that?" to which I'd respond "what, I can't be both?"

Comment by Jewellya on April 6, 2013 at 6:57am

Ha! I'm glad you have a sense of humor Jan. Everyone's experience is different, and I'm still at a loss when folks mention who in their life had passed of cancer.

I have the luxury to enjoy most of this experience as it's just a ride I fully expect to be off at the end of the year, with an annual screen to remind me it ever occurred. I guess I shouldn't let myself feel bad about that. Thank you for the Star Trek reference. I'll have to decide on a whether I'd prefer a young James T. Kirk or Will Riker to galactic-ly seduce me.


Comment by Donegal Descendant on April 6, 2013 at 7:00am

You are definitely cool like that,  Jewellya. To my eyes, very Buddhist. Exotic.

Comment by Kenneth Sibbett on April 6, 2013 at 7:30am

I did my wife Terri's hair a week before she started Chemo. She wanted to get used to the wig we bought her. She looked great and so do you. A wig, no wig, it's what's inside that people see, they just don't know it. Good luck with the treatments. Terri's was 6 years ago and she's as healthy as a horse. Well, a pony anyway!:-)

Comment by Myriad on April 6, 2013 at 7:45am

Cool.  As in, isn't it breezy on your scalp now?  I kinda like the headscarf solution, but that's all theoretical since I can make a scarf stick around my neck even.  With fair numbers of black women dealing with the whole hair problem by shaving, it doesn't look so unusual any more.

And all best with the cancer thing.  end of year, annual screenings, sounds good.

Comment by Jewellya on April 6, 2013 at 7:58am

I'm all about the slouchy knit beret.  Went to work like this yesterday.

An Executive Secretary was rendered speechless. I said "Oh, I'm adorable, just admit it!"

In front of the morning sales crew, dispatch, and my young, handsome, single boss (but that's just between us), she blurts out "YOU'RE ADORABLE!"

this, at 7:30 am. So you can imagine how my day went.


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