GOD SAVE THE HAIR
April 10, 2016
Oh <insert profanity here> I’m going to lose my hair with chemotherapy! Like hell I am, I thought! I didn’t want to wear cancer wigs or chemotherapy scarves (even the designer type). But a chemotherapy scalp cooling cap was one hat I was willing to try, in order to preserve my hair. For some reason I became more transfixed on my hair, than on chemotherapy. I guess I had something to keep myself focused on something, other than the side-effects and what came next on the cancer to-do list.
Okay, so how does one save one’s hair during chemotherapy? Good question! In basic terms, the cooling caps restrict blood flow in the scalp, resulting in reduced amounts of the chemotherapy drug being delivered to the hair follicle. I can tell you now, it was met with subtle cynicism, by friends, family and those in the medical field when I first entertained the idea, but I guess that’s because nobody really understood what scalp cooling or ‘cold caps’ meant and besides, was it really that important to save my hair when I such a fierce battle on my hands? Surely my vanity would take a backseat during this challenging time? No way! Quite frankly, it was the best decision I made, a no-brainer. To read to the rest of God Save the Hair please click here
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