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Hello Haralee,
As a cancer survivor, three years in remission, I agree that being alive is more important than a full head of hair.

However, when my hair fell out following the first course of chemotherapy, it was devastating and I strongly resented comments such as "It's just hair" or "It will grow back."

Hair loss was one more alteration in my changed body image. I responded to the mutated hormones produced by the esthesioblastoma and high doses of Decadron with weight gain, a moon face and fat pads at the shoulders. I am 5 ft 3 inches and never weighed more than 128 lbs, except during pregnancy. I weighed 200 lbs during this ordeal.

We all respond differently. This experience has taught me to respect the individual's responses and to be sensitive.


September 18, 2012 - 3:48pm


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