My Hair is Almost Back to Normal

When the doctors tell you you have to undergo chemotherapy, it's so overwhelming. Unless you have someone who cares for you deeply along with you at that appointment; someone who can ask the follow up questions......you have to go on line, or speak to other survivors about the basics.

And......one of the main basics is a woman's hair. I knew that somwhere after 10 days of starting chemotherapy I would lose my hair. When the first whisps started falling out I had to decide how I would handle this eventuality. My decision was to go to the hairdresser. I was lucky. Dianne, my hairdresser, is also my friend. She cares for me deeply, and felt every pain I was going through as if it were her own. I had decided that I would shave my head, as an act of empowerment. Dianne was the one who did it. The wig I had to put on my bald head afterwards can be the topic of a whole other blog!

Although this experience, which happened on Thanksgiving Day 2007, is something that I will never forget, the good news is that your hair does grow back. Not the same way, mind you, but it does grow back. At first it was much darker, and extremely curly. My previous head of hair was straight and dirty blonde. I was finally able to take my wig off in April of 2008, about 7 months after I had started chemo, and 3 months following the end of my treatment.

I went to see Dianne for a haircut (and highlights) again this week. My hair is finally growing into the way it was.......and it's straight again!

Why tell this story? I don't know one breast cancer survivor who has issues with their hair. We're just SO happy to have it! There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the stories in between become humorous, and something to look back on and laugh about.


Our future is encouraging!

The first thing I do on most days when I wake up is pick up my blackberry. This is not the best habit, but an unfortunate one I acquired as a result of my job. I have to run through the news of the day.

One of the encouraging stories I read today was from the US, where Boston scientists have invented a blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell among a billion healthy ones. Ultimately this may offer less invasive and more precise alternate ways to screen besides mammograms. colonoscopes and other methods used now. It could give patients more options.

This is great news, and very encouraging for those of us who have been through cancer and follow up treatments. It proves that investing in cancer research is important, and participating or volunteering in fundraising activities can make a difference.

This is why I continue to run and enter races that benefit different causes. Not only do I get the benefit of good physical fitness, but I also support a variety of charitable organizations!



Happy New Year!

The New Year is always a time to make resolutions. Some are kept, and others go by the wayside pretty quickly. I prefer to see them as goals for myself. Getting ready for a race is one of them. Staying healthy and in remission is another one. I don't get all bent out of shape when I let a smaller goal slip away. Take this morning for example. I usually participate in the running Room's Resolution Run. I have been entering the 5k race for the past few years, and I find it's a great way to start off the New Year. Last year, my 3 daughters ran the race with me, which was lots of fun!


Today was a different story. I didn't sign up for the Resolution Run this year, opting for a nice quiet run in my neighbourhood instead. When I woke up, and looked out my window, I couldn't see the house across the street from me. Not the best time to don the running gear and go out. Alas......all my good intentions would have to be put on ice. Luckily I did a quick 3k yesterday followed by a 3k walk with my dog. That's as good as it will get.


I wish you all a great 2011, and I hope that throughout the year some of my stories and experiences, or information I can pass along will inspire all the athletes, or aspiring athletes, out there who may be living with cancer or have loved ones afflicted by the disease. Keeping a positive and happy mindset is key.


the 26.2 with Donna

I always wanted to run the 26.2 with Donna, the National Marathon to finish Breast Cancer. It takes place in Jacksonville, Florida in mid February. Not only does this race empower women living with breast cancer, but 100% of the funds raised for this event goes to breast cancer research and care.


Last year I signed up for the race, but follow up surgery I needed was moved up, and I was in recovery instead. This year I plan to go. I'm signed up for the marathon-this will be my first-but there is always the option to downsize to the half marathon if I don't feel ready. Of all the races I have participated in, this is the one I am most excited for.


The plan now is to rest up after a challenging few months on the job, where I have worked an average of 14 hours/day. My challenge will be training on the mostly snow covered roads, on which I will be clocking most of my mileage. My shuffle will be reduced to a fast walk if I don't find adequate traction for my shoes!


The hardest thing is to actually get your body out that door. Once you're out there, though, you are so glad you did! So enough stalling for me.....off I go!



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