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To Rip or Not to Rip...
Sometimes ripping the bandaid straight off is the easiest and less painful way to go in hard situations. However, In all the chemo stories and cancer journeys I have read, they all say that going from long hair straight to GI Jane style can have a pretty big impact on you mentally and emotionally so everyone recommends just chopping your hair short in the couple weeks leading up to baldness. So, today we went and chopped my long hair...goodbye Pocahontas status hair. I've always had long hair so going short isn't really something I wanted, but will make getting ready for appointments much easier and feel less dramatic when I wake up and start to see hair on my pillow that's short vs a foot long! I am told I will lose my hair 2-3 weeks after starting chemo Monday. I will then get it completely shaved.....this may or may not be done at the hat party just depending on timing....TBD Then your hair doesn't start growing back till about 6 weeks after you are done with chemo which will be Febuaryish for me...so I'm pretty much not going to have hair for well over a year.
Things I'm looking forward to:
~NOT HAVING TO SHAVE...ANYTHING (guys, this is indescribably the "perk" of chemo...don't be too jealous)
~no having to get my eyebrows waxed or pluck them
~not buying shampoo/conditioner/razors/hair ties/brushes etc.
~it being totally socially appropriate (at least in my head....which lets face it, that's the only thing that matters) to show up to chemo in a comfy onesie pajama outfit since getting cold is inevitable and who can really be depressed if you're in a onesie pajama?!
~Netflix binging my life away (ok, maybe I shouldn't say my life away in my particular situation...but to my little fluid filled hearts content!)
~watching Ellen everyday!!! (I mean, I should totally be on her show with all this craziness.....totally putting that on my goal and bucket list!)
~after chemo starts: my face and neck swelling going down, being able to breath again, not being as tired, not cough 24-7, hot flashes, night sweats only nightmares of made of (unfortunately, I was told this will be one of the last things to go away....maybe even months after chemo is done...bummer)
~exchanging my teaching/3-4 additional job stress for health and financial stress....but not working for the first time in my life will definitely be an adjustment even if not by choice
~Being home with Brodie everyday....who needs a guy when your best friend and fur child doesn't leave your side?! : )
THANKS TO MY SISTER FOR TAKING ME TO GET MY HAIR CHOPPED! WE CUT OVER A FOOT OFF : / BUT IT'LL ONLY LAST FOR 2-3 WEEKS ANYWAY SO IT DOESN'T MATTER...
8/12/2017 07:15:52 pm
The haircut looks fabulous! You've got the kind of face that can do any style and such pretty eyes, that you're going to rock the Kojack better than the average bear. :)
8/12/2017 07:20:28 pm
The cut is super cute!!!!
8/12/2017 07:59:21 pm
You look fabulous, darling! And oh so much easier to déjà with! Thanks fir the updates!
8/12/2017 08:46:10 pm
I am a teacher and found you on Instagram (probably searching some teacher hashtag). Just wanted to let you know that I am following your journey and praying for you every step of the way!!
8/12/2017 08:47:01 pm
Love the cut and Brodie is so cute!
8/12/2017 10:26:26 pm
You look beautiful! Praying for you - strength, faith, hope....
8/12/2017 10:56:44 pm
You will be beautiful with or without hair! Love the new do!
8/12/2017 11:51:19 pm
You rock the " Pocahontas status hair" and love your sense of humor and positivity! Your Brodie is adorable! Kaiden & I prayed for you before bed tonight!! He sends his love!💙
8/13/2017 09:28:04 am
Your beauty goes much deeper my friend!!
8/14/2017 07:12:37 am
You're so strong and Beautiful! The bag looks most excellent! I hope that all those goodies bring you comfort and help pass the time! We are all rooting for you! Kick cancers ass!!!!!! Love ya L
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