Losing it may cause you to have lower ‘selfesteem’ if you don’t like how you look, since your hair has a lot to do with your appearance. It is especially true in women and teens. Everyone loses some hair any day. Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal. You may end up with bald spots if you are a man, with this kind of hair loss. About half of all people have such a hair loss by around age 50. Seriously. You may find that the hair on the p of your head is slowly thinning, So in case you are a woman. You could lose a lot more hair, if hair loss runs in your family. Fact, with inherited hair loss, mostly on the p of the head. While women have some thinning all over the scalp.
Bald is beautiful,of course it’s.
That it isokayto not feel beautiful while bald.
I always felt stupid for lamenting my hair so constantly. For a couple of us, we never felt beautiful as bald. So here is the question. What’s hair in the bigger picture of survival? Oftentimes I used to just sit and stare at pictures of my hair before I lost it, when my hair was growing back. That voice needs to be in the conversation so it is a real mourning process, one that I am just now finally learning to accept over a year later as my hair has reached a length I am finally comfortable with. On p of that, I was alive, right after all.
It’s planning to take a long time until it’s that long again.
Each single day, I’m quite sure I am grateful.
Even though it improves with every inch of hair regrowth, my selfesteem after cancer, was horrible after watching my body drastically change in this particular short time. So, so often we’re ld the just be grateful to be alive! Essentially, cancer survivors are not exempt from these insecurities. Yes, I am grateful to be alive. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… I know I am not alone in this. So if our treatment has made them worse or created insecurities that never existed before, so this needs to be addressed. Telling survivors that they must just be thankful for the bigger picture, completely negates the stark reality of the low self esteem problems that can strike the most confident of us after a battle of cancer. Insecurities of weight and physical appearance are already a huge issue for young adults that impact people’s lives in serious and life threatening ways. It also depends on your feelings.
You may decide that you need treatment, or you may not be worried about thinning hair or baldness.
The choice is up to you.
How you choose to treat your hair loss depends on the cause. Whenever finding different ways of styling your hair, can help, like dyeing or combing. Hair loss that runs in the family can be treated with medicines or hair transplant surgery. Like wigs or toupees, people choose to wear hairpieces. Like how much hair you’re losing, your doctor will ask you she will look closely at your scalp and hair loss pattern and may gently pull out a few hairs for tests. Mental health can be so connected to problems of personal appearance that it’s insane to not address how this impacts cancer survivors, especially young adults, that have just experienced sudden and drastic changes to their body that they should be struggling to accept.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Two years post bone marrow transplant, and my hair is still short, think and has bald spots.
My doctors ld me they don’t know if the bald spots will ever go away because of plenty of the chemo therapy. Besides, the journey to selfacceptance in the posttreatment body is difficult. It’s really great to know that others have experienced what I have gone and am currently going through. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Kudos to you for writing this article. When my hair was a stubby GI Jane cut, is mostly about when I began meeting other cancer survivors. In the bigger picture, it’s just hair. With all that said… It humbled me to see others with worse cancers than mine and reminded me of how lucky I am.
Thankfully, I began obsessing over when my hair should grow back, when I hit remission.
You probably won’t get all of your hair back, treatment can To be honest I would wear them almost daily. With all that said… Even on the days I felt like hell in a hand basket traveling down a stream of chemical misery, I would put that wig on. On p of this, normally I wore my wigs to my chemo sessions at the clinic and maybe I’d take them off during infusions but they’d always go back on for selfies or when I will have visitors. Eyebrows and eyelashes are more challenging to replicate but a wig was just soaccessible. Each time I left the house, To be honest I would wear that wig.
Whenever losing that piece of yourself can be devastating, hair is this type of a core identity marker and for survivors like me.
It’s something that for so the majority of us becomes an uphill battle of ‘selfacceptance’.
It’sokay to feel that way. It happens slowly over time, you may not notice the hairs falling out, if your hair is thinning. You may lose hair only in one area, that is called focal hair loss. A well-known fact that is. You may lose hair all over your scalp, that is called general hair loss. Clumps of hair fall out, if your hair is shedding. My hair was a large part of my identity before I was diagnosed with non Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February I have, for many years of my life, always been a woman that cared a big bit about my hair.
I loved my hair.
It was a crucial part to my physical identity.
I curled it, colored it, primped it, fluffed it. In spite the fact that I’ve already written onthisduring treatment, it’s so crucial that here I am talking about it. I didn’t cry the day I was diagnosed. Maybe part of it was wrapped up in the loss of my vanity that I had for my hair. I cried that day. I was just not comfortable being seen as the sick cancer girl. Let me tell you something. It was almost as bad as the day I was diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps part of it was how I viewed my cancer as aweakness that some might exploit. Like so a lot of us, I’ll never forget, the absolute utter devastation I felt when those first few strands of hair fell out.