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folliculi follicular

This hair loss thing. It happened. I took it in my stride. I am now used to donning headwear when out in public and on cold winter days and nights. 

Things on the follicle front have been pretty stable. Now, seven weeks on from the last chemo dose, there are signs of activity on the top of my head. It’s welcome growth albeit patchy in location and uneven in length.

Hair top - 24 July 2014

What’s not welcome is the all too swift and sudden appearance of a forest sprouting from my chin.  These flourishing follicles are going to require a management strategy!

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head of hair - Mosaic 24 March 2014This is a mosaic aerial selfie of my head of hair. Not a real representation, I grant you, and here comes the shocking truth, neither is the colour.  Oh. You knew that?

Under normal circumstances, I would be due for a hair cut (and colour) about now. It’s a thick head of hair on a big head. Come time for a cut, the waves get past a point where they refuse all pleas and considerable force to take direction.  Every visit to the hairdresser and her magic thinning scissors is accompanied by a happy dance into the salon in anticipation of lightening the load.

A few years ago, I gave considerable thought to shaving my head.  It felt like it would be a bold statement (of what I’m not sure), more risky than stepping out occasionally in brightly coloured socks. Unsurprisingly, the thought came to nought.

In a few weeks’ time, my hair will throw in the towel. There’s a pun there waiting to find better form, but I’ll move on.  Some time before that happens, the ‘careful what you wish for‘ bare head will happen.

When it does, I will remember the words of Mary Anne Radmacher who cut off her own hair during a presentation she made last October in Georgia.

“It grows back”.

Resilience includes recognising the gifts you receive along the way, even though you don’t know they’re gifts yet.