Before my lymphoma days, I was a total wild card with my hair. I used to volunteer myself to model for new hairstylists and get my hair cut or colored quite often. Even after my diagnosis, my hair was not my biggest concern, mainly because I had hope that it would not fall out.
But as my second chemo approached, my hair began lightly to shed on my pillows while I slept. By the time my fourth chemo session rolled around, I saw significant thinning. My 10th chemo session arrived, and finally, it was time to shave my head.
People react differently to hair loss caused by chemo. For example, there are those who, unlike me, want to shave their hair off before cancer has the chance to gain any sort of control. But I wanted to see what would transpire if I left chemo to do its thing.
Hair loss isn’t what I expected it to be. I created a video chronicling my hair growth journey through cancer and recovery.
Losing hair is one of the main physical indicators of major sickness. It has an impact on self-image, and it is one of the hardest things to go through.
Yes, it’s just hair. And yes, it will grow back. But it is part of identity for many, and part of bodily transformation through cancer and recovery.
It has been such a joy to watch my hair grow back because it represents my body’s healing from cancer.
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