As a running fan I‘ve been completely geeking out over the World Track Championships and watching as much as I can. I am so in awe of the talent of many of these athletes including Jamaica’s star sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Something that stands out besides her speed is her hair. She’s had a different color wig each race. I learned that in addition to being an amazing sprinter she has her own hair line products. And she’s also a mom. She does it all.
While watching her one night I decided to look at some of her social media posts and came across this post, which I felt like this can be applied perfectly to the chemo hair loss process. Here’s what she posted with a selfie: “When your hair reminds you not everything is in your control, and you just need to appreciate the process of growth as it comes.”
In Fraser-Pryce’s case she was joking about the state and style of her hair, but I still love what she posted.
I couldn’t control my hair loss. I knew it was going to happen and it was one of the most difficult parts of this cancer journey. But the reality is, it’s just hair and it’s just temporary. I didn’t feel it, it didn’t make me sick. It was difficult because it’s how people know you had cancer. I eventually got over the shame and fear of people knowing and accepted this is me now. Yes I’m battling cancer but I’m trying to carry on my life as normal as possible.
Once I got over the fear and accepted the reality of losing my hair, it became so much easier to deal with. And it certainly has made me appreciate the hair growth so much more.
I’ve learned to enjoy just having hair and a much shorter style than I am used to. I admit that I like how easy a short length is to maintain and how wonderful it is to not have to dry my hair! My long thick hair used to take so long to dry and often stayed wet for most of the day. I also don’t mind the short hair on super hot days like today!
I should care about styling the hair as it comes in but I’ve just enjoyed getting my hair back and watching it grow in. It’s also kind of interesting because I had no idea what to expect and am still waiting to see what it does as it continues to grow.
Chemo hair, don’t care. I’m here and that’s all I care about.
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