Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clearing up and Falling out

I went back to the plastic surgeon today, and he said that the infection was clearing up really well.  As long as it doesn't take a step back once I finish the antibiotic tomorrow, he actually went ahead and cleared me to do chemo next week.  That is sooner that he originally said.  I'm trying to take it one day at a time, which as most of you know is pretty hard for me :), but hopefully, things are heading the right direction with that side of things. 

The oncology nurse had told me that on day 14 the hair would start falling out, and fall out it did on Monday.  I knew that I had a thick head of hair, but I really had no idea just how much hair I had until yesterday and today.  Mine came out more like I was shedding rather than in large clumps, but by this afternoon, I knew I needed to shave it on off tonight.  My brother-in-law and sister came over to help me with it, and we were able to have some fun with pictures as it came off.  Most of those are not available for public consumption, but it made me laugh instead of cry while it happened!   Here is a hair almost gone shot, but with one of my new caps on - 
I have several wigs with one that I got through the free wig program at the American Cancer Society, a wonderful friend who loaned me one that she no longer needed, and a couple that I bought.  I decided to have my sister take pictures, and I am curious as to which you think looks best.   I may end up changing them out depending on my mood or clothes, but decided to have a little fun with it in the meantime.  Let me know which you like most!   



                                                


22 comments:

  1. Praying for you daily...and honestly i really like all the wigs. The long hair one looks really good I think (2nd one down). I'm glad you had company and made a fun time of it. Hang in there and keep up the positive attitude. I'm here if you need anything!!! Emily Sullivan

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  2. And by the way....I LOVE THE HAT!!! BY FAR MY FAVORITE emily

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  3. They're all cute, but I think I like the two longer ones best. You look great, and such a pretty smile! Hugs, prayers and best wishes for a good remainder of the week.
    Lucy

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  4. you're beautiful! and yeah, hats may be your thing.....super cute (: thanks for the card! love you & thinking of you constantly. amy

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  5. I love all the pictures! Your great attitude and faith are going to see you through this. Prayers and thinking of you every day! Cyndi B!

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  6. Hey all of those look good! Much love.

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  7. the longer ones are more the nancy i know. u should totallt play mind games with some one. being blonde then brown in a quick time frame. wendi and livvy

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  8. The hat is cute and I think I like the long dark hair the best. Hugs!

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  9. Hi Nancy,I so appreciate your post. Your complete honesty. I also admire your attitude. I remember taking my mom 5 years ago to have her head shaved . It was not easy. Now I'm waiting to find out if I too have to do chemo. I hope I will be as brave as you :). You are always in our prayers.
    Sherri.
    Ps. I like the long blonde wig !

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  10. I think the last one looks more natural. It might have just been the angle. You do look good in the hat. I didn't wear hats too much because it was cooler weather here when I was hairless. LOL. You will have to look at some of my pics on facebook from 2005. It did not bother me about losing my hair. I went through it with Mother and so I knew what it was about. I think it helps knowing that after chemo, it will grow back. I think you are doing really well. Know that I am praying for you every day!. God bless you each day!! with love

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  11. nancy, i like the short blond bob, but they all look good. glad you made something positive out of this, laughing instead of crying. can't believe you have so many new looks! glad things are looking up. ann white

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  12. All the wigs look great, but I really like the first and second one. I think long hair looks great on you! Keep up the great attitude. We are praying for you at home and at church.

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  13. Love the hat! The blonde one cracked me up... not because it looks funny, but because, why not? Have some fun with it. Glad Jennifer and Mark were there to help you out. Thinking of you! ~Michelle Woolf

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  14. Janice TellinghuisenOctober 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Wow you look good in all of them!!

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  15. I love the top one! Looks very natural. :)

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  16. Hello Nancy,

    So glad you are getting to move forward. I think the hat picture is very cute. I like the 2nd picture down of the long style and I LOVE the 3rd one down of the short blonde bob style. That one is CUTE.

    You go girl. Enjoy a new look every day. LOL

    Janice (friend of Jenn and David)

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  17. I just realized tonight it was Mark that came...I thought you said your brother. Yes, Mark would definitely be someone there to add a little humor, laughter, and fun! I know you are trying to stay in and stay healthy, but if you ever need a visit or want to go out somewhere, call me! If I'm not working we will make it happen!!! Smiles :)
    Emily Sullivan

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  18. Nancy: I just found out about your battle. I will be lifting you up in prayer. I like the 2nd pic... Totally works. Your smile lights up all of the pics though. The Lord bless you and keep you. -Todd Reynolds

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  19. You are amazing!!!! I love all of the wigs!! Gary and I are praying for you!! We are also praying for you at church! We miss you!!

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  20. Nancy, I think you look great in all the wigs. They all look very natural. My sister Sarah had a wig that also looked natural and one person at work never even knew she lost her hair. I hope you were singing "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story as you modeled them.

    Prayers and good wishes as always, Margaret Newcomb

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  21. Luckily you can work any hairstyle Ms. Barlar! I love the last one and the longer one because that's what I'm used to on you. Mix it up! You're in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong!
    -Carsyn

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  22. Love the hat. How fun seeing you as a blonde! And I really loved the long dark brown with the bangs. Looked cute on you! Hang in there, sister!
    Kelli

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