Hair loss is one of the most distressing side-effects of chemotherapy.

Perhaps the mere thought of losing your hair makes you feel sad, afraid and anxious. Do you feel like losing your hair is like losing a part of yourself, your identity, your femininity? Or perhaps you’ve accepted hair loss as an inevitable side effect of treatment and even regard it as a sign that the chemotherapy is working. Some women look forward to the chance to reinvent their image with wigs and short hair styles.

Whether you’re very distressed or less anxious, you’ve probably given a great deal of thought about losing your hair and how you’ll cope.

Women on the SharingStrength forums have shared these thoughts:
–   “I haven’t accepted that I will lose my hair. I’m afraid and I’m terribly worried. How do I get over this?”
–   “I have pretty much decided that I will not be wearing a wig through my chemo stint.”
–   “…I looked at myself in the mirror and looked at my eyes because we are recognized by our eyes, not our hair.”

How did you feel about losing your hair while undergoing chemotherapy? Did you find it hard to accept? What helped you cope? Haven’t had chemo yet? Please share your thoughts.

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