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Sep 7, 2017 06:43PM
Oct 16, 2017 07:25PM
I'm going to post a series of photos. Before, during and after so far.
Before picture taken a week before Chemo started in late November 2016.
I had just oodles of hair. Much thicker than most people. I could barely get the biggest barrette around my hair. And the barrette I could get around my hair was 5 inches long and I can hardly ever find them. I was about 95% brown and 5% grey/white. And I had bangs back then.
Chemo Started Nov 28, 2016
I used Penguin Cold Caps and my husband did them every time, sometimes with the help of a friend of mine.
My regimen was 2 hours before chemo, + chemo, which was 2-3 hours + 5 hours after chemo.
I did Dose Dense A/C for 4 sessions, every 2 weeks. Then I did Dose Dense Taxol for 4 sessions every 2 weeks. There was one Taxol session that was delayed by a week due to illness, so the dates don't quite match the days.
My chemo was 105 days long (4 + 4) +1 extra week due to illnes
Day 53 of chemo Jan 19,, 2017 (below) losing hair since Day 21
Day 61 of chemo Jan 27, 2017 (below) -- still losing hair
Day 79 chemo (top of head) Feb 14, 2017 (below) -- still losing hair
Day 91 Feb 26, 2017 (below) -- still losing hair
Day 106 March, 14, 2017 (1 day PFC) still losing hair
Day 106 (1 day PFC) March 14, 2017 top -- still losing hair
March 27, 2017 (2 weeks PFC) (below) - still losing hair
March 27, 2017 2 weeks PFC (below) top You can see how thin it is (no new growth) -- still losing hair
March 31, 2017 2.5 weeks PFC (below) - still losing hair
April 21, 2017 5.5 weeks PFC (below) -- still losing hair -- looks like I had a haircut before this picture
April 21, 2017 (5.5 weeks PFC) below top-- still losing hair
June 9, 2017 (3 months PFC) still losing hair (below)
July 1, 2017 3.5 months PFC (below) still losing hair)
July 1, 2017 (top) 3.5 months PFC - still losing hair (below) -- but new growth is hiding the bald spots (coming in mostly white) given up on bangs, as I didn't have enough hair for bangs anymore.
September 7, 2017 5.5 months PFC -- still losing hair (below) I have about 5% of my original hair at this point. I washed it every week until 2 months ago, then every 2 weeks for a month and now I am almost 1 month no hair washing (using dry shampoo). I lose A LOT of hair every time I wash. I'm going to try to wash once a month until December, when I might have enough new growth to have a short cut.
September 7, 2017 5.5 months PFC - STILL LOSING HAIR, (below)
I had one haircut months ago. Here is a picture of Nov 2016 and today Sept 7, 2017 - new growth (I am told) is almost 2 inches.
Left (before chemo) Right 5.5 months PFC
This is 7 months post final chemo. I had my hair cut at 6 months. There is the hair that stayed thru chemo and underneath it is the hair growing out. It looks like teased hair with the hair growing in under it. Apparently those curls are from Cytoxin.
Once I hit the 6 month mark PFC, I finally stopped losing my hair. I had it cut, I shampoo whenever I want. I lost more hair PFC than during chemo. I have finally stopped losing hair!
10/31/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2-
11/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
4/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right