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Sep 20, 2017 04:39PM
Sep 20, 2017 05:25PM
Soxfan - I was on Tamoxifen for 5 years after my first bc diagnosis. I would say my hair thinned, think similar to normal menopause. It doesn't fall out -its not like that, its a gradual thinning. I took it from 36-41 years old - so I would say it accelerated my aging process in a few areas, other than that I didn't think about it and was happy to have the option of something helping me fight estrogen positive cancer for 5 years, I would have happily kept taking it for 10 years - wasn't the protocol in 2011 when I finished. Please don't be scared ladies, it worked so far. I just had bad luck and have another early stage bc in the other breast -- not estrogen positive ...
Now ... I had a meltdown moment today and need some encouragement. For context, I am on day 10 after #2 of 4 of TC .. I washed my hair and i could see lots of scalp and so much thinning at the top. It was the first time I could see it or maybe the first time I looked. I tried to prepare myself for this, and still had a meltdown moment ... I wanted to be one of those that had stellar cold capping results. I knew that was a long shot because of above. i wanted to defy the odds :) - don't we all.
Breath in/out, in/out - - yes that is me trying to talk to myself. Toppikk works and everyday people that don't know me can't tell yet. My issue is I am just projecting out what it means 4 of 4 and post PTC. Ohhhmmmm ...
I don't have any before or after photos, cause quite frankly I just told myself that I wasn't doing that -- that I would just be happy with whatever I could salvage. Now to embrace that in reality.
My current plan of attack is not to wash until my chemo #3, limit combing of any kind, and just LEAVE IT! Any other tips appreciated.
I have a plan B in place post chemo after my surgery - it is just going to be an interesting interim period. I guess it already is as I can't color it, dry, etc. I am sticking with it, just looking to this support board for some motivation today - cause who else would I talk about this crazy topic with.
Photo is pre-Toppikk build up and gray root touch up.
2/6/2006, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
2/9/2006 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
8/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
8/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement