Crap. My hair. That was my first thought (followed a few days later by weight loss here I come -but don't be fooled you actually put weight on). Crap.
So after the first chemo I became hair obsessed. Head hair, leg hair, arm hair, face hair (yes face hair -who knew it was actually that hairy), eyebrows, eyelashes, lady garden hair, nose hair -you name it i was obsessed with it.
In fact one thing I wasn't told about was nose hair. When people say chemo, you generally associate it with throwing up and loosing the hair on your head, no one ever mentioned anything about bloody nose hair. So when mine fell out and all of a sudden it was freeeeezing cold and streaming I convinced myself that I had nose Cancer. Yep nose Cancer. It was the only logical explanation, that was until my next clinic appointment and the nurse casually said
"Oh yes that's normal it's just your nose hair falling out" brilliant, thanks for that.
Then the lady garden hair fell out - and Arron gave me the loving nick name "Sconner." This wasn't really a big deal, neither was the arm pit hair or leg hair, in fact it was rather nice not having to Veet/shave etc.
Im not going to write about loosing my head hair as there are plenty of awesome blogs about that. I will say that I found loosing my eyebrows devastating, and hated the generic "Cancer face" - see below -
I then adopted the even more
Loving Nick name of "Sconner Face."
I wish I'd had them tattoo'd on. Yes you can draw them on. Yes some of the products available are great. Yes you can buy stencils (actually amazing and probably one of my best chemo presents I received). But it takes ages. Making sure they're symmetrical, not too thick, not too Scouse brow, level, not too obviously drawn on. There's no such thing as quickly getting ready, it's a bloody nightmare, and you have good eyebrow days and bad eyebrow days. This is probably a good day -
Clearly I have no eyelashes but eyebrows have been drawn on reasonably well here. When I had surgery I asked the nurse 2 things - could I keep my knickers on (only so I would know if I'd wet myself during the 4hr op) and if I could keep my eyebrows drawn on (I don't think she'd ever been asked that). Not sure what happened but I woke up looking like the dad from American Pie-
So then chemo finished (yay) and hair started growing back whilst waiting for surgery. Which sounds good but 2 things -
1. It means that the chemo is pretty much out of your system (crap, that means it could start growing/spreading)
2. It grows back with a vengeance (well,everywhere EXCEPT your head).
My eyebrows sprouted overnight but now grow outwards, and again not evenly, getting my HD brows was genuinely one of the happiest days ive had in ages -
But unfortunately for me it's not the 70's and im not a porn star so my 70's bush takes a lot of work (bring back sconner Aimee), and it's also poker straight, as in ive used GHD's straight and I can assure you that I haven't -no pictures fortunately.
Im also sick to death of shaving my legs and arm pits, no matter what you use nothing, and I mean nothing gets it as smooth as chemo does....