Who has two thumbs, lots of thick hair, and a sunny disposition because she found out this morning that she is back to her pre-chemo weight?
I’m enjoying a healthy snack of raw bell pepper after my workout (in case you were wondering what the weird orange thing sticking out of my mouth is). Getting back in shape feels damn good. Today, I did a 2.6 mile run/walk in the glorious 70-degree “winter” weather. Now, a shower.
Posted in Survivorship
Tagged hair, hair growth, happiness, nutrition, picture, running, training, vegetables, weather, weight, weight loss
Finally got a cord to upload pictures from my camera (thanks, dad, and your freakishly large box of random wires) so here’s a little chart of my hair growth since ending chemotherapy. September 1, 2011 was my last infusion.
October 4, 2011
October 9, 2011
October 17, 2011
October 25, 2011
November 11, 2011
Novermber 19, 2011
December 9, 2011
January 5, 2012 (in Hawaii!)
January 11, 2012 (a couple days before this post)
At more than two months post-chemo, it’s time to share some hair pictures! In these, you may also notice that my eyebrows (and lashes) are nearly completely grown in. Exciting!
Bam! Buzz cut! You may even notice some bed-head back there.
So soft and luxurious.
I just got home from a follow-up appointment with my plastic surgeon. Last Tuesday, she grafted my left nipple into place and today, after dramatically removing the dressings that have been on the whole week, she said, “It’s pink!” and that she was optimistic that the graft would take, though she can’t say for certain just yet that it will. I am feeling good – after all the devastation after my mastectomy with my skin that wasn’t surviving, it’s nice to have some hope that my chest will have a beautiful future. Also, my port is OUT and the scar from its insertion has been cleaned up and looks fantastic. Low-cut shirts, here I come!
Coincidentally, I also received a note from my insurance company today that they will not cover the hyperbaric oxygen treatments I received back when we were trying to save that dying skin. I guess it’s true what they say, just in reverse: when one door opens, another door closes.
In other, extremely exciting news, MY HAIR IS GROWING BACK! You can see a bit of fuzz in this picture, but this was about two weeks ago and now there is quite a bit more hair on my head. I have a defined hairline, and it’s getting darker and longer almost daily (at least that’s what everyone tells me). Eyebrows are pretty much kaput, though, but I’ll take what I can get. More pictures will be forthcoming (as soon as I can locate the USB cord for my camera).
Finally, I wanted to share yet another article inspired by the movie 50/50 – have you seen it yet? It’s about comedy and cancer, and while it jumps around quite a bit (I had a hard time following it, but that might be because I had one of my fave TV shows Hoarders on in the background) it’s a worthwhile read.
Posted in Breast Cancer, Doctors, Humor
Tagged 50/50, article, hair, hair loss, hyperbaric chamber, hyperbaric therapy, mastectomy, nipple, NYTimes, port, reconstruction, scar, skin