No Chemo Curl

“You will lose your hair,” Dr. Victor said to me early on as we discussed side effects of chemotherapy. “But it will grow back,” he said with that kind, infectious smile of his.

Hair that grows back after chemo is sometimes a different color than before, and a formerly straight-haired girl may be blessed with what is called chemo curl. That curly hair that sprouts from her balded head usually doesn’t stay curly, I’m told, but eventually reverts to its former texture. Well, since I would be going through this little hair transition, I thought I would just order up a beautiful configuration for my head.

My paternal grandmother had glowing red hair. My dad had black curly hair. My husband has beautiful, curly wavy hair that looks better uncombed than mine does when I’ve just arranged it. You see, I have straight, stringy hair . . .well, that’s what I used to have . . .so I put in my order for red, curly hair. Sounds like a good choice, wouldn’t you say!DSC_2899I’ve mentioned before that most of my hair came out two weeks after my first chemo treatment, with a few hardy little bits hanging on these many weeks later. A few days ago, they all surrendered, and after a shampoo job, I no longer had any long hair. But already, my head is covered with new hair. Alas, I see no curls, nor any red sections. I have patches of white and what looks to be black. Guess I’ll resemble a skunk when it all arranges itself.

But check this out: Doesn’t that look like a little wave coming off in the back there!

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16 thoughts on “No Chemo Curl

  1. Dear Lady – Your attitude and cheerful comments put all my little irritations in perspective. Thank you! I really do love you. P.S. I can see the wave.

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  2. You cheerfully & seamlessly always add the silver lining to every arduous situation-you are such an inspiration. You are the Queen of inspiration! Love you Sis. BIG whole 🌍!

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  3. A definite wave. I had to laugh you were excited about it. I have straight hair except for one silly wave exactly where yours is growing. I find it very annoying. lol This puts my irritations in perspective.

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  4. Dear Sis. Buxton,

    Your faith filled attitude and positive outlook blesses me. Everytime I read a new message from you, I pray for healing ..peace and your infectious laughter. I am sure Jesus is rejoicing over his daughter looking cancer in the face with faith in His sovereignty and unconditional love.

    My love and respect,

    Claudette Walker On May 25, 2016 5:00 PM, “Shirley Buxtons Cancer Detour” wrote:

    > Shirley Buxton posted: “”You will lose your hair,” Dr. Victor said to me > early on as we discussed side effects of chemotherapy. “But it will grow > back,” he said with that kind, infectious smile of his. Hair that grows > back after chemo is sometimes a different color than before,” >

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    1. Sister Walker, thank you for taking the time to read here and to comment. I love you so much, and you are such an inspiration to me. Many years ago, I listened carefully to your righteous testimony of dealing with adversity. We all have our times. Gives us a chance to lean on our Jesus . . .and our families . . .and our friends. Blessings always.

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  5. Phyllis Swank, I took pictures of Pam Kern’s hair as she lost it and gained her new hair. I still cherish the pictures of my dear friend. Wigs are a true blessing during this dear growing process. I lost a lot of mine when I had gastric sleeve surgery., but have adjusted to a shorter hairstyle by curling it with small foam curlers. To us Pentecostals it feel abnormal to not have our long hair, but I’m sure God understands and has blessed you with a superb attitude! You are such an example of true endurance and grace. Hugs

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  6. Definitely a wave! 😍. Since my surgeries and radiation, I’ve been left with a small circle of long hair at my crown, surrounded by what I refer to as my “Ronald McDonald” clown tufts surrounding my face😁. Thank you again for your up-beat, vulnerable posts. We continue praying for you. ❤️

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    1. Sister Davis, thank you for visiting my site, and for taking the time to comment. I knew you had been sick, but I am not aware of the exact problem. Whatever it is (or was!) I’m glad you have survived. Thank you for your kind posts and your continued prayers. I, as well, will continue to pray for you.

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