Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Back!

My hair is back!!!! And that, my friends deserves a blog post. So here, for your enjoyment, is the photo documentation of my hair loss and its lovely  come back. 

This was the beginning - sometime in October. I thought this was going to be the extent of it since the doctor said to expect patches of hair loss about the size of a quarter.

He was wrong.

It kept on progressing...

... but this random patch in the front kept holding on. When I tucked it behind my ear and wore an ear warmer, I could still hide the bald spot.

That didn't last long.
Around this time my head also got incredibly tender.  The weight of my ponytails and even turning my head on my pillow at night, would pull on the edge hairs making my scalp ache.

So I took the trimmers and cut it off. It was a bit sad to see all that hair on the floor but it felt SO much better.

The  perfectly straight hair line above my ear wasn't shaved, that was just how it fell out. It was odd but gave me hair all along the borders of my hats.

That was the extent of the hair loss and it lasted until just over a month ago. Then it began its fuzzy come back!

There are a few bald spots that never grew back after the surgery over 3 years ago.

Sorry for all the selfies. I am really excited. :)

The kids thought it was fun too. Jane would squeeze herself between my back and the couch and rub my super soft new hair while I read her books. 

This is how it is now.  I have thick curly patches and thinner straight patches. Also, it is hard to see in the pictures, but there is a LOT more grey than there was before. :( The radiation doctor told me before I started radiation that sometimes the hair will grow back a different color and/or a different texture than it was before. I joked that it would be nice then if it all fell out and grew back without any grey. Well only most of it fell out and it came back with more grey.

At least I have hair again! And hopefully as it gets longer the thin parts will fill in more and it will decide if it is going to be all straight or all curly. I don't have a strong preference either way, but I don't know what to do with patches of both.

For now I am having fun with head bands. I am getting quite the collection.

I am pretty sure I have taken more selfies since radiation than I have in my entire life. Not included here are all my hat selfies, I got some cute ones from dear friends. 

Really the timing worked out perfectly. Hair loss during hat weather and just as it warms up, it comes back. :)


Unknown said...

I am sure this has been an incredible ride for you and your family. Thanks for sharing and letting us all into your world. God bless you and your family!

branches 'n' twigs said...

So sorry about the hair loss, sweet girl. Superrr happy for you that it's coming back and we could look at Katie selfies all day! 💜💚💛

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing, both your vulnerability and your immense courage. Prayers sent your way... from the Hunter Family

Linda M. H. said...

You are so beautiful Katie!

Alicia said...

It looks really cute! You could keep it short like that forever! Thank you for sharing.