I’ve always been really good with dates, but I think it is safe to say that most cancer patients and survivors can easily rattle off “their” dates: diagnosis, 1st surgery, 1st/last chemo, etc.
When I was in North Carolina with First Descents, two of our program participants celebrated their “cancerversaries” – the date of their last cancer treatments. I think I decided that my cancerversary would be on the date of my lumpectomy surgery because that is when I consider to have had all the cancer removed from my body. I don’t think there are any official rules on deciding when your cancerversary is. Although I did celebrate completing all of my chemo and radiation treatments last summer on July 18th. So, who really knows when my cancerversary is?!?!
Regardless of the date, I finally feel back to pre-cancer Alexis. I have come full circle and here’s a big reason why…I’m a BLONDE again! Being blonde was never completely natural for me – and I never really considered hair color a defining factor of who I am. But when I look in the mirror now, I feel like I’m seeing the Alexis from pre November 23, 2010 (ha another date I won’t forget). And it feels good.
I guess there are two main points of this post (especially for other cancer patients/survivors who may read this):
- Your hair will grow back.
- Do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel like yourself again because I just can’t believe how great it feels to be back!