At our Tuesday appointment, Dr. Yung explained in more detail about the radiation process and hair loss.
The radiation I will be given is "focal" with a margin of 2cm around where the tumor was taken out. A patient usually only loses hair in the location of the radiation. Not ALL over. Sometimes it is permanent. They cannot tell when it will be a temporary or permanent hair loss.
I truly had mixed emotions with this news. I was actually willing to be bald. Sounds WACKY, I know. I was looking foward to seeing what color and texture my hair was going to be after all the treatment. I was hoping for more curls. It was some excitement for me in all this cancer junk.
Looking back, I really believe that going bald was a test of my trust. Specifically my trust in God. It reminds me of Abraham & how God wanted to see if he would trust Him with his own son, Isaac. (Genesis 22)
Now I need to adjust my hair plans AGAIN. Having cancer - is a real test. A test of my trust, will, etc. aka: MY plans!
On this coming Tuesday the 12th we will finalize all the hair questions with the radiation oncologist, Dr. Simpson at Barnes /Siteman Cancer Center. Please pray that the loss will not be permanent and the regrowth will be identical to my existing hair. No odd curls & color just at the tumor site. Agghhhh!
Radiation will begin sometime prior to Christmas lasting 6 weeks M - F. We will know more details after our consultation with Dr. Simpson.
hair or no hair, that is the question - kate