I was given a couple of wigs, one of which was quite pretty. But it wasn't me and frankly, those things are scratchy and uncomfortable. Talking to other women, I found out that they can cause scalp problems that take a while without the wigs to heal.
I was never quite sure what was the reason for hiding a bald head, anyway. I'm not the possessor of the world's most beautifully shaped head, but so what? I wasn't embarrassed to be fighting cancer, either. I think it's an excellent chance to help other people to understand about it. I found that when I went around bald, people were more likely to ask me if I was getting chemo, and when I smiled and told them yes, they felt more free to ask about the effects of it. So many people have heard that there's nothing worse than chemo and radiation, they're afraid to have their cancers treated when they have it. I try to talk to as many people about that as I can. I didn't find my N-H lymphoma until stage 4 (common, I think), but I can't think of anything more worthwhile that the treatment--including a stem-cell transplant. So, no wigs for me. Janie704View Thread
You know, if the worst happens and it is cancer, it's good that it's so small they can't seem to find it. Mine was everywhere and we only found it by accident. But there are so many things worse than cancer treatment, even when it's the most radical available. While it wasn't the most fun thing I've ever done, I found that people will come out of the woodwork to be kind and do the sweetest things for you. And there are also great things you can do to help other people when you're getting treatment. You won't be the only person who needs a friend or who is experiencing the same thing. It actually resulted in many changes for the better in my life--and the lives of my family and friends. Janie704View Thread
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