I actually wrote this after my first chemo treatment, but placed it here on the blog for continuity.
|Red Wig from the American Cancer Society|
|Blond wig from the American Cancer Society|
nearly my real hair color
|Loved this pink hat purchased from the ACS,|
along with a curly blonde "hair halo" from them
|Newsboy's cap purchased from ACS|
also a CLASSIC example of 'roid rash. Even my
eyelids burned from the red rash.
|Head Wrap TAUGHT to me by the ACS,|
Scarf was gift from my mom.
Nails - They recommend using nail hardener and I have been. (They did not tell me this effect lasted months after your chemo. I used nail hardeners until the last week of my chemo. Then in Dec. *2 months later* I noticed one afternoon that my fingertips were tender. I pulled off my gloves -I'd been outside in the cold - and discovered all but one nail had lifted over halfway back from the free edge. This made the fingers very tender and the nails very fragile. I had to cut them back as far as I could to prevent them snagging on fabrics and tearing off. But I learned too far back was painful as well. There is a paper thin lining under the nail that I inadvertently clipped. I howled (it hurt) and bled like I'd cut the finger nail off. So to prevent your nails from lifting...continue to use nail hardeners at least 3 months and preferably 6 months after your chemo has completed.)
|My nails the last week of chemo...the only part of my body|
at that point not suffering. Nail hardener polishes were
mailed to me by my WOW friends from around the country.