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2 time ovarian cancer Survivor, Advocate for ovarian cancer awareness & research, Teacher of Zen Method Tai Chi, Blogger, sharing the wonderment and power of essential oils, proud fan of Cathe Friedrich's workouts, Reiki practitoner, A Course in Miracles student, paper crafter

Friday, October 22, 2010

First Post and Re-Growth

I dedicate this blog to all the Survivors, Fighters, Caregivers, and Preventers out there! My hope is that my stories, journals, and post-cancer health refining journeys will inspire YOU to live healthier cancer cell killing lifestyles.

It's been 5 weeks and 2 days since my final chemo treatment. All my hair is gone, except for 3 eyebrow hairs over each eye. I could easily be a ghost for Halloween, ha! BOO! Although I have gotten used to being bald, I am ready to start seeing some new hair growth. Losing my hair was traumatic and fast. Growing my hair back is going to be a slow process with it's own challenges. This just occurred to me last week, and I was thankful for my hats, skullcaps and wig all over again! I think I'll be shy of showing my head as my hair is growing back. I don't think the transition period is going to be very pretty, so I plan on it keeping my head covered up. I've always thought that my hair was my best feature- thick, curly long and brown. So I am hoping that it comes back at least as good as it was before! My 3 toddler nieces want it to be purple. That would be cool with me. One of the fun things of post-chemo treatments is betting on what color your hair will be when it grows back. I've talked to a few other Survivors and everyone claims their hair came back thicker, stronger and overall better. I'm anxious to find out if that's going to ring true for me!

Are you a Survivor with a hair re-growth story? Share it with me, I'd love to hear it!


  1. Connie we soooo have something in common I am a fellow Cathlete & I too am a cancer survivor. My last chemo was in June and my hair still is SHORT, and it came in all grey...UGG!...It has gotten a lot thicker but it is taking its sweet time getting longer. I go in 2 weeks to be retested, and I have told myself that if all is still clear, I will celebrate by going to my stylist and getting it colored and to see if she can do anything with it to make this short-ass hair look feminine...LOL

  2. Hi Donna, Survivor and Cathlete sister! Thanks for sharing your hair re-growth story. And major CONGRATS on finishing chemo! I hope you're healing and recovering well. I love your plans to celebrate a clean PET or CT scan!! All the best, C

  3. Hi Connie and Donna, I had my last chemo for ovarian cancer on May 14th. My hair is coming in fast a furious...and VERY curly. It was curly pre-cancer, so I am not surprised. It used to be a medium blond, but came back an ugly ashy-color...so, I went to my hair stylist and had her lighten it slightly (it is now a golden color). I look forward to all the cute short styles to come, as I have always been a long haired gal. Health and happiness to you both, Hallie