My Mom starts chemo on Monday. Needless to say we're anxious, not knowing how she'll respond to the treatment but the doctors assure us that nowadays the side affects are minimal and can be controlled with meds. So, we're hopeful that it'll go smoothly and with minimal distress to her.
With that in mind, we have started preparing for the inevitable hair loss that will result. Now, let me say that in the vanity department my Mom ranks pretty high up there - she is never seen without her nails & toes perfectly manicured, hair just so, make-up on, and we won't even talk about her wardrobe! So, like most women, I imagine she's probably going to take this balding thing pretty hard. And, honestly, it's going to be pretty rough on me as well. I mean, you all know how attached I am to hair!
Anyway, we are determined to make the best of it so we started joking about what color Mom would like to be - has she always fantasized about being big & blonde like Dolly? (we're just talking about her hair here)
Or perhaps Lucy's siren red?
Or, ooh, my favorite, dark & sexy Cher-like locks?
Alas, Mom would like to stick with her own style, at least for now. *wink* Perhaps Dad will convince her otherwise?
That decision made, I then thought Mom might also like some other headcoverings for when she is relaxing at home and doesn't feel like dealing with an actual wig. A quick google search led me to this fabulous site which appears to cater to cancer patients. I went ahead and ordered her two turbans and a sleep cap, hopefully they'll work out well.
My question to you all is: If you've had experience with cancer/chemo, what can we expect? The unknown is simply terrifying...is there a website or support group you'd recommend? I know that I'm going to need some help getting through this and don't even know where to start.
Thanks so much.