When I was diagnosed, we already knew the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes. Based on that, they were recommending chemo for systemic treatment of cancer. One of the first things I was told was that I would most likely lose my hair. When I met with Judy in person, she mentioned that when my hair grew back, it could quite possibly be curly. The "chemo curl" she called it, but she also added that it probably wouldn't last.
Sure enough, last year when it started to come back, my hair was in waves. As it grew longer, it was curly. It was a new thing for me. I spent a lot of money in the 1980's and 1990's perming my fine straight hair into waves! I didn't do much with my new curls, other than trying to keep it from being too frizzed at the ends. I always got lots of comments about the curls from people who knew me "BC" (before cancer). Even though it was kind of wild, I kind of liked it. It was easy to deal with, for the most part.
I happen to be on vacation in France right now. My mother in law happens to be a trained "coiffeuse." That is, she has spent most of her life doing other people's hair. After over 15 years of marriage, she had never cut my hair. She's done all the kids, but never mine. This trip, however, the top of my hair was driving me nuts. It was clearly too long and I couldn't do anything with it. Out of desparation, I made a comment about it. She recognized the open door and offered to help.
What the heck. Even if I hated it, I figured it will grow back, right? Besides, I've been BALD. How bad could it be? She took me downstairs, sat me in a chair and went for it.
She gave it a good whack, but had a vision in mind. In her words (roughly translated), she gave it a "shape." It is short, but again, I've been bald so its been shorter. The thing is....the curl seems to be gone.
So Judy was right. The upside of it is that it kind of mentally puts me on the road of being another step past cancer and treatment. The downside is that I'm having to spend more time on it so it doesn't look ridiculous! There are mornings when I wake up and its sticking straight up! Not so easy when not at home with my own hair "stuff," no matter how long it had been since I used them.
They said it wouldn't last...and they seem to have been right!
|On the Paris train with my new 'do|