August 8th, 2016
| Survivor: Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor
There are two ways to regard treatment: you can run, or you can face it. This cancer survivor found five ways to look at her hair loss as an opportunity and a challenge to love herself more.
Bald is powerful. Bald is beautiful. Bald is bold. Bald is stylish. Bald is bald.
You may or may not agree with these. You may have had a change of heart as to how you see bald after your treatments. Maybe you don't. How do you see bald?
For me, I saw bald very quickly. I had thinning hair on my first chemo treatment plan, but once I was switched over to an aggressive five agent chemotherapy regimen known as ema/co, my hair went very quickly. I had placental cancer called choriocarcinoma from a complete twin molar pregnancy, which resulted from my newborn’s undeveloped twin. I was concerned with my newborn's recognition response so I decided to shave my hair before beginning treatment.
I was intimidated to face myself in the mirror. What would I see?
I saw myself, my raw self. I have to admit, it was a shock. All flaws and all beauty were revealed to me. I used it to check out a spot that I've felt for years to find out it was a small mole. I inspected my scalp. Sure, it wasn't pretty, but I learned to accept that it is what it is--me. And everyone else probably looks the same bald, too. I learned to love myself bald, without even brows or lashes.
Most women see their hair as their pride, their glory, and to see it gone would almost break them. How can one deal with this?
Here are a few tips:
1. See this loss as a gain.
2. Remember that it will grow back one way or another.
3. Embrace it.
4. Use this opportunity to find yourself.
5. Use it for a cool down.
6. Appreciate the short prep time.
Being bald isn't always easy. Being bald isn't always preferable. Being bald isn't always a choice. But you do have a choice with how you approach your treatment. Personally, I've found that these practices condone healthy self-reflection and have brought me closer to myself in ways that I may not have ever had the opportunity to explore.
Yes, it can be emotional at times, but this is my past. This is me. Make it yours in a positive way. Enjoy the regrowth stages. I was proud because I was a warrior fighting for my life and had built my self esteem to empower bald. Others will feel your positive energy as well, so pass it on!
No matter how you may feel about bald, bald is the new and temporary you. Bald is just a style for your treatment. Draw in only positiveness of it. Be proud because you are a true warrior.
What are some of the perks you learned about losing your hair during treatment? Share them in the comments below!
Photo credit to Mara Chaben and Sierra Stone
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