Ann – HairToStay Subsidy Recipient
My hair is 14” long so it would have taken over 2 years to grow back. I don’t have to worry about that now. I feel healthy with a positive attitude when I look in the mirror every day.
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.
I have a friend who is a pharmaceutical Rep for an oncologist. When she found out I was facing this she told me about Chemo Cold Caps. She had two other friends who had just gone through chemotherapy using these caps and they had retained their hair. I was excited to hear about this option for me. Many times you don’t have many choices concerning treatment but you can manage side effects. I was glad I wouldn’t have to wear hats or itchy wigs to cover up the side effects of chemotherapy.
It is true that the caps are very cold but not something you can’t do. The constant changing of caps was a distraction from chemo treatment. It is surprising how quickly 20 minutes goes by between caps. I have lost very little hair just the normal loss we all have every day. My hair is 14” long so it would have taken over 2 years to grow back. I don’t have to worry about that now. I feel healthy with a positive attitude when I look in the mirror every day. This helps with my overall recovery. I talk about cold caps all the time to people and recommend them to future chemo patients.
My oncologist is very supportive and is spreading the word. I am a very lucky person to have discovered Chemo Cold Caps and hope that others will give them a try.