Trials Of Color

My Hair Loss Experience During Chemo- Sharon Rivera-Sanchez

My hair began to fall out on weekends in 2015, around Labor Day.

It is fair to say losing my hair was one of those painful points, I was mortified.

I remember one of my girlfriends once asked “Why does it matter if you wear wigs and hair extensions?”. “But I had a choice,” I replied. Now I’m bald, and it’s not my fault. I can’t wear my hair because I don’t have any.”

I didn’t expect sympathy from anyone, but I definitely expected empathy.

Cancer patients as a whole are not looking for sympathy; we are very strong, resilient and very determined.

Just this weekend, I had lunch with another cancer survivor who told me that everyone she knew cried when they lost their hair. This, I believe, is one of the most emotional aspects of this journey.

No one in my family, and no one outside of my family, had ever seen me without my hair.

When I was in treatment, I was very good at concealing my pain and emotional scars. I have learnt that it is not necessary to hide or be embarrassed.

This is all part of the journey, and whether I have hair or not, I am still me and part of my journey.

The brain is an organ made up of many cells , hair loss is a sign that the chemotherapy is working.

This was eight years ago, and for those who prefer this routine, we now have the cold cap, which can reduce hair loss. 

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survival, CEO and Founder of Trials of Color, Sharon Rivera-Sanchez

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