The Show & The Shave: how it all started

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Free at last, free at last, praise God Almighty...

This is the news we have been hoping and praying for since Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in January and through her chemo treatments of the last several months. The biopsy is in, and Susan is cancer free!

In Susan's very own words:

The all clear on the boob was September 18th. The PHEW heard round the world. For the biopsy results to have been cancer would have been catastrophic and would have meant a big fail on the chemo....unthinkable.


She started growing her hair out and encouraged me to do the same. I'd really planned to do The Bald for a full year, but... sure, I'm in! We were bald together, now we can grow it out together.

Susan is now going through radiation treatments:

I've had 5 radiations and so far so good, just a daily hassle. Going to get an appointment in a couple of weeks to get the port out in December. Once those stitches are removed from after this operation it will be the end of a year with BC. It'll be a happy day.

And to chronical more of her comments, this time about hair:

How's your hair? Mine does not seem to be speeding up and is not the same length all over. Hmmm. Any is better than none. Hoping for some semblance of normal by Christmas...well new normal I guess. Anything odd about the new growth? My hair has always fallen right to left but very clearly is headed left to right now. Wonder if this changes?

My hair is sticking out in some spots, and flipping up in some spots. It looks dorky but I am not too worried. I also have a spot where nothing much seems to be happening, just in the back past the crown. I was right by my hairdresser today so I walked in and announced that I have hair! He wanted to clip the curls off by my ears but I said not yet. If it gets too weird there is always gel.

A lady from chemo is a couple months ahead of me hair wise and she has had no cuts. It was a little shaggy over her ears but looked cute, so I'm going to hold out and see what it is like in December. Maybe a little shaping around Christmas tho this might be wishful thinking.

As for mine, it's now in the "puffball" stage--think of a dandelion in spring when it has the white fluff sticking out all over. Except I've been experimenting with different colors, so I'm more of a serial rainbow puffball. I'll post more about that later (with pictures), plus news of my layoff notice and our trip to Ireland. (Scott and I are in the Atlanta airport as I type this, waiting for our ride to Dublin!)

In the meantime, a special prayer of gratitude for Susan's recovery. Amen!

Now: Let the good times roll and the short hair grow.

1 comment:

  1. I'll add my AMEN to Susan's recovery. You are both incredible women! And now I think I'll go buy stock in hair products--Hugs!