I'm still BUZZing and numb from the Neuropathy! uugghhh!! But that's to be expected with all the "high-dose" chemo I've survived to dominate myeloma! Appt with a Neurologist this coming Wed.
And speaking of BUZZING, after finally accepting my blondies were history, I joined the shaved-buzzed crew on Friday Oct 1, 2010!
Finally let my son Scott buzz the last of my wispy blondies off, except for a few sparse bangs I had him preserve... just because!! Daughter Alissa had been after me for some time to shave, but I wanted to wait and see what "nature" had in store for me... and actually it was really interesting to see the new hair come in, as my original hairs gradually shedded out on their own. You know, I never did experience a full "bald" stage.
~ Gone is the remainder of the reminder of what my previous hair once was
~ Gone is the last of my hair that saw me through my initial treatments, endured my hospitalization with me, and then slowly fell out during my home recovery process
~ Gone is the last of my blonde hairs that so many previously complimented me on
~ Gone is the last of the hairs that were present prior to diagnosis
~ Gone is the last of (what was) my life-long blonde security blanket
~ Gone is the last of my "Blow, Glue and Go" style
~ Gone in June, my Palomino mane and tail
~ GONE is what I was attached to, but now actually FREED from !!
Hello to the new NO Maintenance, Wash and Stare at Hair, and full Freedom hair!
So... I tested out the new "Do" with a walk down the road after my buzz
And I think I caught a few drivers doing a "double-take", but not of the type I previously experienced...
I think the looks were of the: "Oh That Poor Lady" type of glance, but I didn't care! I felt a new freedom and I see my buzz and new hair to come, as symbolizing the success of all my treatments and Remission!!
I'm ok, REALLY I am! it's all been such an surreal adventure to me
For sure now, no day is the same
No event is the same
I get to experience a "new, re-invented me" almost daily!
HERE ARE PICTURES I've previously promised!!!! :) Thank you Tom and Lori for taking these great pictures (me in black T) and Thanks to Alissa and Scott for the others :)
Wow! Look, my hair grew in FAST!
(Just Kidding! it's a really awesome wig!)
Thanks to Godiva's Wigs
We were at one of my first social outings and the beads were part of the event
Yes indeed, Chemo and Steroids contributed to the decline of my eyesight
But that's ok, glasses are my new jewerly
Ha! who was I kidding!
But you can see the new hair underneath my last whispies
Moments before my first buzz haircut 10.1.2010
Would you know it's ME if you came up behind me???
Can't you tell I work out with Scott ALL the time! Just look at my steroid flabby arms!
But I had to add it to the hair evolution pictorial
Even Vancomycin couldn't bald me
with a lot of hair still (and a lot of steroid blub!) 7.3.2010
Little did I know what I was in for....
Me all bloated up from Steroids, May 2010
What a wonderful pre-stem cell transplant event with my amazing family :)
Just call me Mz BUZZ now! Buzzed hair and Buzzing extremities!
Hi Julie, I lost my blonde straight hair after transplant too. I wore a wig and scarves when I went out of the house. It took about nine months for me to finally get enough hair to do something with. and now I have been growing my "new" hair out for nine months and I love it. It was quite a shock initially but talk about wash and wear! and the bonus for me has been I now have curly hair. My hair was always so straight before. It has been fun to finally have some curls. One of the few positives of Chemotherapy-(besides killing cancer :) have a good day and enjoy your new freedom. I'm sure you're good looks and great personality are still there!ReplyDelete
I know what you mean about a security blanket. Mine had been long for about 20 years with one brief stint just below my shoulders to mostly towards my waist. I wouldn't have dreamed of going out for the night without it down. And now I love my short hair - it's so easy - it's not quite long enough to be a hair style yet! ;DReplyDelete
Julie you look really good....I remember "glue and go" now you can just go. See you soon!ReplyDelete
So, I just go back the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team-In-Training Hike Event Weekend... That's a mouth full! As I mentioned, I have been a mentor for the hike team for almost a year and we headed out to Mt. Zion in Utah. It was fun Julie! We had soooo many chapter from around the nation there. Collectively we raised over $500K! There were over 200 participants and we were all there to help and fight blood cancer. I will post pictures of my journey later. I have some wounds to tend too. No one ever said fighting cancer would be easy. Love ya. P.S. You look like you belong in the military. Tell you son to drop and give you 50.ReplyDelete
With your short easy-to-care-for hair, you're just as beautiful as you ever were! I got a buzz cut myself in Arizona just to simplify things as much as humanly possible. And it worked! Nothing like a buzz cut to simplify your life!
Hawaii next summer? Ha, ha, ha! Maybe we'll meet you there! We're seriously looking. You got any real plans yet?
My best to Jim and Alyssa!
You look AMAZINGLY beautiful with your new "do!" Thank you for sharing that personal yet courageous moment with us.
Love you and miss you,
I agree with Leslie. You do look beautiful. When I look at your photos what I see is a woman who is walking with grace and dignity through her life. That grace emanates from you.
It was so awesome to see you the other day and I really appreciate your candor and generosity in sharing your journey with us.
By the way you have a lovely family!
Julie,I am amazed at your humor and strength.YourReplyDelete
buzz cut looks great!!The good news for you is
your hair will return.I can`t say that-So lucky
you.Hope you have a good time in hawaii.We go every year.Seriously,you are are hankling this
great and you will be back doing everything soon.
You look absolutely beautiful! Your hair is not what defines you, it is your unbelieveable courage and spirit and your wonderful sense of humor and bright smile. Your are an inspiration Julie and you were never more beautiful. It was great seeing you last week and I can't wait for your next visit.ReplyDelete
Sorry I missed you at CCC last Wed. You look great! I like the buzz cut and think you wear it very well. It makes you look very artsy. I think you're doing fantastic with all that you've gone through. Just let me know when you're ready for another play date with Pawsy.
It's Joey Pouch Girl!!!!!!! I haven't been in town the last three weeks because I was finally healthy enough to go to Europe. It was definitely a trip I needed after all these years of fighting! I came back on Saturday and had my 7th clinical trial treatment on Tuesday, so far so good. I have been getting some cramps in my legs and tingling when I sleep and have to wake up and walk around for a bit. So I understand some of what you are going through. It's definitely not any fun. Hang in there and let me know what the doctor tells you! I am rooting for you!!!
I love your new DO, you look BEAUTIFUL. I lost mine at least 4 times and twice my hair thinned. After awhile I actually liked getting new wigs with different styles and colors/shades. I could choose my ideal hair length and style!!! It was always difficult for me the first few times. American Cancer Society has a great "wig" program. I am sure you already know this. I enjoy reading your blogs.
I enjoyed reading your candid blog and feel like I can relate as I was diagnosed with MM in May. I expect to be doing the stem cell harvest and transplant after the first of the year. Thanks for sharing your experiences.