We quickly decided to move from neoadjuvant to adjuvant chemotherapy and had the tumor removed the old fashioned way – via sharp knife and talented doctor. A section of the tumor was sent for profiling, which came back with discouraging results, showing it to be resistant to the majority of chemotherapy choices. One of the chemo regimens that showed the least resistance was the one I just completed 6 weeks ago, the previously blogged about and frequently whined about Cisplatin and Gemcitabine.
In most minds, breast cancer treatment equals hair loss, but not with this regimen of chemo. That’s the one and only good thing about the Cis/Gem combo.
Once TAC ended, within about 6-8 weeks I began to notice a baby fine haze of darkness on my head and eyebrows. At one point I actually thought I had a smudge of something on my eyebrow area and tried to wipe it off, then realized it was new hair! By Christmas the baby fine haze had morphed into a sort of Euro-funky-skinhead sort of chic.
I knew this was a possibility, having read about something affectionately called “chemo curls”…and now those curls have come to live on my head. Like I said, I have someone else’s hair.
|Good start on a mullet. March 2011|
As far as style goes, I've gone from a nice Jewish boy look (think Adam Sandler), to my current, slightly longer locked, Will Ferrell style. Next stop, Mr. Kotter…or maybe Chia Patti.
I actually went to my hairdresser, Amanda, at Enve last week…first one in about 10 months! Not sure what she could do with these short little curls, but I was anxious to at least get rid of the weird mullet that was beginning to form on the back of my neck. She actually managed to blow dry and flat iron my hair, leaving it somewhat straight and a half inch longer. A miracle, for sure! Being this short, though, I don't think I'll trust myself with a flat iron for a while. I don't care for blisters on my fingers or head.
I would have loved to come out looking like Halle Berry, but it’s going to take a lot more than a haircut to make that happen.
I try not to complain about these curls (very often) since it definitely beats no hair at all (as David sweetly reminds me). I do get compliments, but am always suspicious. I haven’t decided if they’re genuine or sympathy induced. I seem to have lots of friends who are pretty bad liars.
And when all is said and done, a good baseball hat still comes in handy now and then.
|At my birthday celebration last month.|
The mullet is gone.
I'm thinking I could get used to this.