I now know the chemo is doing it's job! Seriously...I haven't really felt any big effects of the poison that went into my body 14 days ago. I have a little neuropathy in my fingers and toes, but VERY little...not even like dead skin, just weird. I had a little heartburn, and I have a normal head cold, and my regular tiredness because I get up for work at 2:30 in the morning. I was wondering if the chemicals were strong enough to kill some stubborn cancer cells. Then my hair started coming out! Yay, it's working!
At first, I just reached to tug a little to see if it was starting. About ten hairs came out while Debbie and Casey's jaws dropped. I freaked a little too, but didn't think it was a big deal 'til the next pull (not hard, mind you!) and about 20 hairs came out. Casey and I started looking for a wig store to set up coverage for the station, and for my head! Tuesday afternoon, I went to Creative Wigs (with a producer and photographer) to document the styles and tricks of finding the right wig once my hair falls out.
What a lesson! I hoped to have fun looking at different styles and colors, and I did! It makes me think that losing my stubborn, thick, solid white, strangely wavy hair won't be so bad! The wigs gave me choices that I never thought I'd try, and I had fun with Carla and Mike's feedback. (Mike liked the blonde a little too much!) Wigs are expensive, and insurance only helps a little bit. I figure I'm saving about 150 bucks a month for my cut and color, so I have a few months of hair money to play with and still save! I bought two shorter, fun styles, and borrowed a highlighted, long cut that makes me look like my sister, Betsy! (That's not a bad thing!)
While making dinner tonight, I was worried my hairs would get on the counter and it grossed me out, so I ran a brush through my hair a few times. A softball sized hairball confirms it's ready to come out. Now I know what it's like to have thin hair (that doesn't look too bad.) I know more will come out tomorrow, which will make it easier to tuck in a hair net, inside my new wig for Friday morning's newscast. It's GO RED FOR WOMEN day, so I'm wearing red.... don't know which wig goes best with it, but it's fun to have choices!!!
P.S. Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined...so get your heart health tested too!