Jan 01, 2013 - 9:16 am
My Teal Sisters,
The story of the blue hair -
My oncologist suggested I get my hair cut before it just fell out and after my own long silver and black hair was gone (within 2 weeks of my first dose of Taxol & Carboplatin), I was devastated as many are. I had already prepared by spending exhorbitant amounts on specialty wigs - silver/black/gray are a hard find - the color in most brands is 44. No one at work except for my immediate boss who is a wonderful friend and supporter had any idea that I had done anything other than get rid of the "old lady" hair and got a fresh styling. My super oncologist - who is a doll even though he looks like he's not old enough to shave - told me he'd like to see me in a purple. On my 3rd or 4th treatment, I showed up in bright screaming purple! Everyone in the infusion room had a huge laugh and even though it itched like crazy, I wore it the whole 4 hours. One of the nurses told me her day had been lousy and the purple wig just brighted up her day. The doctor laughed until tears ran down his face and he told his nurse to stock up on Depends if this happens again.
Now, given that image, how could I disappoint??? I showed up with an electric pink wig the next time and wore that wig to the Levine Cancer Center 13th Survivors Celebration in Charlotte. Since I am a teal sister, I bought the teal wig (the wig store loves me), did it in pony tails (I call them cocker spaniel ears) and wore it to my final treatment. Teal is definitely my color!
My own hair has finally decided to make a reappearance - no change in color or texture but it's only 1/2" long. Still wear a trendy, spikey wig to work with no one the wiser. Personal vanity is a bitch. Just wish my BF would stop reminding me how beautiful my long hair was but he didn't have to take care of it with washing, conditioning, drying for hours, styling (a pain with long hair). Last time I told him if he wanted long hair - he could grow it!
When this untimely recurrence happened, my oncologist's nurse (a true saint on earth) told me patients are still talking about the purple hair and it made so many feel good. Yup, I felt like an idiot in purple but there is a picture of me (with eyes blacked out) in the infusion room. Ya gotta have a good time even on the worst days. By the way, this year I will have completed 70 years of drawing breath on planet Earth. Looking forward to a whole lot more!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, HAPPIER NEW YEAR AND HAPPIEST NEW YEAR EVER!