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Jan 16, 2018 11:17AM
MamaFelice -- yes the second picture bottom is my bio hair with light brown caboki hair powder and bumble and bumble brown dry powder (basically it is hair/scalp spray paint). I have to admit I have spent far too many hours on utube/pinterest and thankful to my alopecia sisters that have paved the way w/ creative hair loss solutions - I found options that would work -- the 1/4" of new growth gives the hair fibers something to stick too. The Donald trump comb over helps blend some of the 'blonde' highlights from the front - just makes me laugh - cause what else can you??
I don't have to wear a topper -- i could get away with creative hair covering - I just like longer hair and my topper has fantastic color versus my multi-color spray on tactic. In short, in most cases the topper makes me feel my best self, versus what is left of my hair. I am THANKFUL for the option and when I am working out ... without a topper .. I feel great.
MeTooandYou -- I mostly took the pictures for myself cause I can't see the top of my head! I do videos diary's for myself -- so I knew what I was dealing with. I didn't take any pictures in December as I was recovering from my BMX and I could not lift my arms high enough to get the top of my head (or I couldn't be bothered to do it??!) - probably a good thing. I ventured into the wig store in mid-December as I was looking for 'ideas' to look super healthy versus the chemo grey ..
When I started taking the pictures after my second round of TC, it would send me into a mental tail spin - I am getting past that and focusing on growing healthy new hair. As you can imagine, some days are easier than others
I included the pictures for anyone thinking of driving 2+ hours for Dignicap - I would not do it - I would rent the other caps and learn how to do it, I think you will get a better outcome on the top of your head where Digni has issues and the chemo nurses all have different ways of making the cap 'fit/work'. Digni is convenient and if that was available to me and I didn't have helpers, I would do it again in a heartbeat - even w/ the loss.
For me, saving my hair, any part of it was the goal - as I knew it would help to regrow faster AND taxotere has 6% chance of permanent hair loss. That made my decision. And without the hair I do have, I would not be able to clip in the topper - I am full of gratitude for this option.
Happy Capping everyone - I hope this helps someone out there - as this board really helped me when I was making my decision on my treatment plans.
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