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fuzzytrouble
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Well I don't know how many of you have gone back to work or stayed working while doing treatments and had a rough time of adjusting to it all.
I just recently went back to work on Wednesday and worked 8 hours that day and the next. I was so bone weary tired on Friday I had to call in. You don't really know how it's going to be until you try to get back into the same routine. I have to sit down and test AED's (automatic external defibrillator) so I was in a certain postion all day. I got up and walked around and then my feet started to hurt. I had a 3 day weekend so we will see how it goes. I now know what Marge said about a big vat of Ben Gay for our bodies. lol

Has it been o.k. for most of you to get back?

Living with hope,
Sharon

shortmarge
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Teresa,

Glad you're finished with radiation and pray all goes well with the last three chemo treatments.

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hugs.

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Ro10
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I love your new picture. Your hair looks like it is really growing. And to be able to comb it is great. Hope you are feeling less achy these days. HUGS to you.

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lindaprocopio
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I keep meaning to post to tell you how GREAT your hair looks and let you know how much I envy you all that HAIR! You look beautiful! We just had an unseasonably HOT weekend, (90 degrees!) and it was just too roasting to wear anything on my bald head, so now I have a sunburn on my noggin! I'm happy for you and jealous at the same time. You look GOOD, Marge!

deanna14
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Joined: Oct 2008

The hair looks great! Congrats Marge. I am finding it's too hot for wearing hats or wigs as well. I'm sporting the bald look this days as well! I have been keeping sunscreen on it though b/c I didn't want to burn it. My friend laughed and commented that I would be the only lady she knew with a tan head!
Bald is beautiful... but I too am looking forward to having hair again.
I am feeling happy that we are all doing so well with this horrible treatment! And such good spirits most of the time. I credit some of that to all of you. Thanks for alway being here.

shortmarge
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I have been getting lots of comments on my hair. Everyone seems to like it at this length and I'm thinking of keeping it this short. The Jamie Lee Curtis look!! My daughter wants me to grow it long again because I think the short hair reminds her to much that I HAD cancer. But I love it and so does my husband. Wash and towel dry is great.

I'm so proud that you ladies can go out in public bald. I would have too if I was still bald!

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hugs.

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fuzzytrouble
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Hey Marge, Why is it that I still can not go without a hat? I admired you all that can go without your hats and wigs, but I look in the mirror and on goes the hat. lol
I don't feel comfortable without it, maybe because I don't like to be reminded that I am sick and that the "look" is not for me. Even when I wear the hats people can tell and you can tell that they are looking at you. It just bothers me so much, but pretty soon I can take the hat off. Hey some women look great being bald but not the case with me, so I think that has a lot to do with it too. Am I the only one that thinks this way?

Life is good.
Sharon

shortmarge
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I guess it's all how we look at things... When I started getting fuzz I felt like I was sick if I put on the hat. But you are right about the way people look at you, I would just look them right in the eye, smile and say hello. I'm alive, who the hell cares what they think!!! Now I get the look as if I'm a lesbian, makes me really chuckle. Once again I look them in the eye, smile and say hello!!!! Maybe I should blow them a kiss. LOL. Life is good.

Hang in there before you know it you'll be having bad hair days!

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!!!

Hugs.

deanna14
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I get a lot of funny looks when I don't wear a hat, but just as many when I do wear a hat. I do the same thing, smile, look them in the eye and say hello. I have had so many people stop me and hug me. Tell me about their experience with cancer or a family member. It's all good... like you said, we are alive! I sure don't care what they think of my bald head! LOL

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daisy366
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I found that most people treated me very well when I was bald. The side benefit of all this. :)

Mary Ann

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lindaprocopio
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When I first went bald, my little grand-daughter felt so sorry for me and I wanted her to stop feeling my hairless head was such a tragedy. So I told her that it would be GREAT because if I got pulled over for speeding, I would just have to whip off my hat and the policeman would feel so sorry for me that I wouldn't get a ticket; and I told her that people would let us go to the front of the line; and that if she was having a bad day at school, she could say "My grandma has cancer" and they would cut her some slack. I told her that it was like that when I was pregnant, long long ago, that people were extra kind to me; and that having cancer was my "Get Out of Jail Free" card, and I wouldn't have to do anything I didn't want to do, and could do almost anything I wanted.

Of course, none of that was really true. But it was LESS true than I anticipated! No one REALLY lets me go to the front of the line! And I thought they would. I have always been the kind of person that leaves my shopping cart to help a pregnant women load her groceries into her car, because that is the way I remember my own pregnancies in the 70's. I've always offered elderly people or people who look unwell to cut in front of me in line; or take my seat, etc. Maybe it's the "times." or maybe it is the privacy people assume you want, and the empowerment the handicapped have fought so hard to achieve, and people just don't know what to do. But I haven't really experienced any 'privledges' from having cancer (other than the valet parking at the hospital). I don't WANT people's pity or NEED the kindness of strangers, but I am a bit surprised that the 'perks' of when I was pregnant are not there for me now, and how untrue my words were to my granddaughter.

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daisy366
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Linda, I also did not receive any privileges that I was aware of - but I did sense that people gave me nods, smiles, small acknowledgments that GAVE ME THE PERCEPTION that they were aware of the challenges that I was facing.

I wouldn't want pity or privileges based on pity. But that extra handshake I get in church from the lady who looks me in the eye and says "God bless you!" means so much.

Mary Ann

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