Patient Experiences

Since forming in 2016, HairToStay has awarded subsidies to over 600 patients, each with their own unique story and experience with scalp cooling . Read about some of these inspirational stories.

AnnAnn HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 23 years ago. It was not invasive and I only needed a mastectomy with no follow up treatment. In February I was diagnosed with cancer a second time in the other breast. I was informed that treatment would require 6 rounds of chemotherapy because it was a different kind of cancer and then a mastectomy. I knew I could handle the mastectomy, I had done that before. Needless to say I was stressed about also losing my hair.
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MarciAnn HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

A friend of mine read about the Penguin Cold Caps in “O” magazine. I had been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at the end of January, 2012, started Chemo Feb. 20th, and cut all my hair off on March 9th. I found out about the Cold Caps after that. My hair started falling out around March 4th. I started using the Cold Cap machine on Monday March 19th. I was not completely bald. I was very skeptical about the Cold Cap machine, as were both my doctors. My pillow had been full of them every day….
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AnonymousAnn HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

When I was told that I was going to have to undergo chemo, my first response was “NO”. I did not want to lose my hair, I did not want to lose my femininity. Panic set in. I know it seemed silly to some, but it was monumental to me. Chemo screams the unknown. Nobody could tell me what would happen to me. I wanted to at least look the same. The doctor assured me that my hair would grow back fine, but I read online that women who had my kind of chemo were…
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TiffanyAnn HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

I wanted to write and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind subsidy from HairToStay. I was diagnosed at age 31, six months before my wedding. If that wasn’t difficult enough, my doctor recommended four rounds of Taxotere/Cytoxan chemotherapy. She told me I would “certainly lose all of my hair.” This was so devastating to hear as a young bride! I have a lot of pride in my long auburn locks! I actually considered not doing chemo at all (I was a “borderline” case) because of this.
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CarissaAnn HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

As a wife and mother of two, finding out I had breast cancer at 33 was the scariest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. When my oncologist told me that chemo was recommended I immediately thought about loosing my hair. As vain as it sounds I couldn’t imagine it. It’s hard enough to go through chemo and feel sick, then you have to lose your hair and a little bit of dignity as well. I googled “how to keep your hair during chemo” expecting no results.
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DeborahAnn HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial at the University of California-San Francisco for DigniCap, an experimental treatment that cools the head during chemotherapy to reduce hair loss. The idea behind the “cold cap” is relatively simple and it wasn’t uncomfortable. I had no side effects and retained most of my hair. I never needed a wig during treatment and even went on national TV…
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A Male Patient

HairToStay Subsidy Recipient

As a man, I struggled with the idea that I was being vain, too preoccupied with how I looked rather than focusing on getting better. Then I realized, it was as much about appearance as it was control. I had no control over my diagnosis, no control over my treatment. But I did have control over how I looked and felt.
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