So I decided to color my hair. Depending who you talk to, this was a really good idea, or a really bad idea. Some say you should wait 5-7 months post chemo to color your hair, others say you need to wait until you have at least two inches of hair growth to color, and still others say, F it all, color it whenever the hell you feel like it.
My oncologist was in the third bucket. He said go for it while I was still in chemo! I also consulted with my fellow TNBC sisters in my Facebook group, many of whom dyed early on, and everything worked out just fine.
The reason many people wait a bit longer is because, as you know, chemo basically poisons your body. While the half life of chemo is pretty fast (it leaves your body within a day or so of entering through the IV) the lingering effects hold on for quite some time after chemo is all done. There are women out there who have colored their hair and it turned orange. I suppose the assumption is that the hair follicle still had poison in it, so it took the color funny.
I decided to chance it at 8 weeks out. I just was tired of looking in the mirror and seeing all that silver hair starring back at me. Plus, I turn 38 next Wednesday, and I really didn’t want silver hair for my birthday. I want to feel my age after all I’ve been through.
So I dyed it. I was terrified the whole time I sat in Kelly’s chair. I was scared all my hair would just fall out, or turn orange. In the end, all was fine. My hair didn’t fall out and is light brown and silver now! She trimmed around my ears a bit and them she used a semi-permanent color to start. Neither of us wanted to push our luck. Since we used a semi — I didn’t get 100% coverage, so my hair is still salt n’ pepper — it’s just brown pepper!
So that is my “one step forward” part of the story. Now for the “two steps back” part.
I’ve been noticing a lot of pain underneath my right implant. At my one week post-op appointment, Dr. Hong said all looked good and I didn’t have to see him again for three months. I felt like I graduated to big girl land! But, at two weeks post op, I keep getting stabbing/shooting pains at the bottom of my implant right along the surgical incision.
This morning I woke up and was feeling around my new boobs. My left one felt pretty soft and supple everywhere, including along the surgical incision. But my right one has a hard lump about an inch and a half long running along the bottom. This can’t be good. DAMNIT.
I called Dr. Hong’s office and his week is completely booked, but they are going to squeeze me in this Friday. Please cross your fingers that this is no big deal. I can’t, nee, don’t even want to entertain the thought that there might be something wrong. Maybe it’s just scar tissue that I need to massage?
Ugh, I guess I’ll know more on Friday. Until then, here are some pics of my hair appointment.