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. I just couldn’t bear the thought of being bald in my wedding pictures!
Then I heard about cold capping from a patient navigator, and she told me about HairToStay. Your generosity truly made all the difference, as I could not afford the cold caps on my own. The caps were an amazing success and the fact that I did not “look sick” during treatment really helped me not FEEL sick either! I could go out in public and live a normal life without stares, questions, or pity. This privacy made a tough time in my life much easier to deal with. That feeling in itself was worth doing the caps, but the fact that I had all of my hair on my wedding day was such a true blessing.It’s been almost 1 year now since my diagnosis and I am currently “no evidence of disease” and my life is pretty much back to normal, without the constant reminder of very short hair. I am forever grateful to you and HairToStay!!!
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.
I found Penguin Cold Caps and Rapunzel Project. I was amazed at what I was reading, women keeping their hair during chemo! I called Patsy and within 2 weeks I had my caps. I am amazed with the results! After 4 treatments of T/C I still have my hair! Going through cancer is hard enough, keeping my hair made it a little bit easier. Thank you Patsy and Penguin Cold Caps for making a difficult time in my life so much better! I will forever be grateful for all that you do!
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 three weeks after my final round of chemo.
It was a powerful experience to look healthy throughout chemotherapy and be treated as a healthy person by others. Those who knew I was undergoing chemotherapy were perplexed at how vibrant I appeared and that influenced how they treated me. That, in turn, influenced how I identified as someone who was healing instead of someone who was sick. Having hair also allowed my children (then 9 and 6) to see me as just their mommy, not a sick woman.