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After the Hair Loss, Early Menopause: Finally Something Exciting While Living with Cancer

Natalia Hernandez Health Guide May 27, 2008
  •   Hi everyone!  So I'm sure a lot of you are dealing with your hair falling out from chemo. And if you're like me, and cancer treatment pushed you into early menopause (I'm in my late 20s), then you absolutely understand the agony of hot flashes and being hot all the time.  This tim...

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    May. 28, 2008

    Natalia, you look equally beautiful with hair and without it! Thanks for the great, informative post. I had no idea they made wigs that weren't scratchy and hot and that could stay on -how cool - literally! I'm so glad to hear from you again - I was worried about you... sounds like you spent some time regrouping. And now you're back. Welcome home, Natalia-...

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    Natalia, you look equally beautiful with hair and without it! Thanks for the great, informative post. I had no idea they made wigs that weren't scratchy and hot and that could stay on -how cool - literally! I'm so glad to hear from you again - I was worried about you... sounds like you spent some time regrouping. And now you're back. Welcome home, Natalia- XXX - PJ

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Hey Pj its always good to hear from you.  Yeah I was out regrouping alright I feel better inside.  I have finally come to terms with the "C" word and Im ready to move on with my life.  How have you been?  The wig was a gift from God, it has saved my life.  Woohoooooo for hair!!!

      Natalia

  • Anonymous
    Nikki
    Dec. 28, 2012

    Thank you for sharing!  I too was thrown into menopause  and have been struggling with loosing my hair.  Your article was like a hug to me.  I have said and felt the same things. I am going to look into both the zoloft and the hair piece! Keep up the fight!  Love to you all!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Dec. 29, 2012

      So glad we could help your spirits, Nikki. Best of luck as you keep up your own fight - here's to a healthier 2013 for all of us! PJH

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    AA
    Mar. 18, 2012

    What do I call this - how do I do a search to find someplace that I can get the hair you are talking about - this sounds amazing.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 18, 2012

      Your hospital should be able to direct you to someone who specializes in hair treatments (wigs, scarves, etc.) for women undergoing chemo. She'd be the best person to advise you on this. Good luck - PJH

  • Amylynn
    Oct. 20, 2010

    hi my name is amylynn..i am now 18 years old and i was diagnosed Hodgkin's lymphoma about a year ago. thankfully i have beaten the battle and have been on Remission for 5 months and my hair is about 5inches. do you think this the wig cap will hurt my hair from farther growing?  

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Oct. 20, 2010

      If your hair is five inches long, letting it grow out without wigs or extensions might be best.  However, a professional hairdresser who can look at the texture and strength of your hair is probably the best person to advise you.  Congratulations on finishing your treatment.

    • Amylynn
      Oct. 21, 2010

      thank you :D.  and  i will look into it.

  • katie6744
    Apr. 06, 2010

    My name is Katie i am 20 years old and I am currently undergoing chemotherapy. My hair is beggining to fall out and I was wondering where I could go to get the semi-permanant wigs you are describing. I would love to have something that would be able to stay on from 4-6 weeks and being like real hair. If you have any information on where I could go to get...

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    My name is Katie i am 20 years old and I am currently undergoing chemotherapy. My hair is beggining to fall out and I was wondering where I could go to get the semi-permanant wigs you are describing. I would love to have something that would be able to stay on from 4-6 weeks and being like real hair. If you have any information on where I could go to get this done, or a number of someone to talk to more about it i would appreciate it so much!!

  • Anonymous
    Peggy
    Aug. 15, 2009

    Hi - thank you so much for posting this. I know you posted it a long time ago but I hope you will respond. I'm 35 and just had my mastectomy and reonctructive surgery with silicone implant. I have been told I will need 4 TC Chemo rounds and will lose my hair. I would love to more about the semi-permanent wigs and where I can get one. It seems like the...

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    Hi - thank you so much for posting this. I know you posted it a long time ago but I hope you will respond. I'm 35 and just had my mastectomy and reonctructive surgery with silicone implant. I have been told I will need 4 TC Chemo rounds and will lose my hair. I would love to more about the semi-permanent wigs and where I can get one. It seems like the best solution to me.

     

    Please let me know more.

     

    Thanks so much!

    Peggy

    • Anonymous
      Christina
      Jan. 06, 2010

      Natalia your story is amazing, I wish you the best of luck in all you do, you deserve it!

       

      Peggy, I am a hair extension specialist located in New York and have experience working with Cancer patients. The hair I use is very high quality that is imported from various countries, depending on your texture. Each client is a custom order to match their hair...

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      Natalia your story is amazing, I wish you the best of luck in all you do, you deserve it!

       

      Peggy, I am a hair extension specialist located in New York and have experience working with Cancer patients. The hair I use is very high quality that is imported from various countries, depending on your texture. Each client is a custom order to match their hair to an exact. The hair extensions are threaded through your hair by a tiny copper coil, then the hair extension strand is inserted, then securely clamped with a professional tool. This system uses NO glue, heat, polymers, sewing, tracks etc. I have Cancer clients that have grown out this system, with using only a little over a year. The hair is also re-usable, which is unlike any other hair extension system. All you need to have is 2-3 inches of hair growth to start. For more information on my system, visit www.hairgoddessofny.com. Good luck to you & happy new year!

       

      Christina

    • lenny love
      Jun. 07, 2011

      I love the story i am also a girl and i love my life and i live to the fullest and always think i am always beautiful... amazing story thanks for sharing.. hair extensions

  • Anonymous
    ana soraya taylor
    Aug. 05, 2008

    hello my name is ana soraya i live in utah im 25 yrs i was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in oct 07 just finished chemo 6 rounds and radiation 30 treatments,, im starting to feel like myself again...i was browsing on the net about hair extensions for cancer patients and i found your website! you truly look amazing keep the faith up...at our ages we shouldnt...

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    hello my name is ana soraya i live in utah im 25 yrs i was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in oct 07 just finished chemo 6 rounds and radiation 30 treatments,, im starting to feel like myself again...i was browsing on the net about hair extensions for cancer patients and i found your website! you truly look amazing keep the faith up...at our ages we shouldnt have to worry about this instead should be,,,what girls our age do,,clubbing, hang out with friends, dancing traveling,enjoy a cocktail... instead is blood count, drugs, radiation chemo..ya know but its something we compell to learn and live thru it and make us a new person.. I like your wig! i bought mine at an adult store and it was fabolous now its so hot that i just wear scarfs. here its my link for my space if u would like to check my pics and my story,, and lets keep up the fight :)  www.myspace.com/chicaana

     

     

    Ana Soraya Taylor

  • Anonymous
    Kim
    Aug. 03, 2008

    Hi-what an inspiration you are. I was diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer 10/08/2008 and 36 days later I had a bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders placed. Then 4 months of chemo then implants and now nipples. My hair is coming back but its really short still. I'm doing ok but it was nice to read your story and Know others are strong and fighting too!...

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    Hi-what an inspiration you are. I was diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer 10/08/2008 and 36 days later I had a bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders placed. Then 4 months of chemo then implants and now nipples. My hair is coming back but its really short still. I'm doing ok but it was nice to read your story and Know others are strong and fighting too! Much love and strength...Kim :O)

  • Anonymous
    Patricia
    Jul. 08, 2008

    I think it's great that we can support each other, I was extremely lucky and caught mine at Stage I, unfortunately because of the aggressive nature I did have the mastectomy and chemo.  Finished all that almost 6 months ago, have some hair again.  Got someone else's hair if anyone is missing curly hair, I have it.  Had my follow up pet scan yesterday...

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    I think it's great that we can support each other, I was extremely lucky and caught mine at Stage I, unfortunately because of the aggressive nature I did have the mastectomy and chemo.  Finished all that almost 6 months ago, have some hair again.  Got someone else's hair if anyone is missing curly hair, I have it.  Had my follow up pet scan yesterday and it was normal.  During this process and reconstructive surgery, which is still going on, I got an infection and the doctor put me on Cipro, just a warning to those on Cipro, if you start having joint pain (anywhere) stop immediately.  I had this problem and I've been off it for over 3 months and still have fairly severe knee pain.  They are finding out that Cipro can be toxic to some and it can cause some joint issues and even tendon ruptures, don't mess with it if you start having pain.  I'm hoping I don't have permanent damage to my knee joints as a result, so be aware and good luck to all.

  • Anonymous
    Lorena Ocon
    Jul. 03, 2008

    hello, my name is Lorena.  I am 33 y/o and i have stage 4 breast cancer. i found out yesturday that it has spread. so i went online today and i was reading through your profile. it seems like we have so much in common. i was just wondering if we could possibly talk sometime?

    • Anonymous
      Lisa Mc
      Apr. 20, 2009

      Lorena - there is an amazing online support group for Stage 4 breast cancer.  Go to www.inspire.com and after you sign up search for the advanced breast cancer support group.  It is filled with wonderful women who have the same stage cancer and are there for you.  They have helped me so much in the last few months - I hope it will help you just...

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      Lorena - there is an amazing online support group for Stage 4 breast cancer.  Go to www.inspire.com and after you sign up search for the advanced breast cancer support group.  It is filled with wonderful women who have the same stage cancer and are there for you.  They have helped me so much in the last few months - I hope it will help you just as much to talk with others.  You are not alone :>

  • Anonymous
    erinellabella
    Jun. 17, 2008

    Natalia-

     

    I have a friend who did her implant after her radiation. She kept her skin so moist and nourished that she has a great result. Every person and their skin is different, but she didn't want to have the scars from the other surgery.

     

    I have another friend using her stomach fat- was that discussed at all for you?? Not everyone is a candidate....

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    Natalia-

     

    I have a friend who did her implant after her radiation. She kept her skin so moist and nourished that she has a great result. Every person and their skin is different, but she didn't want to have the scars from the other surgery.

     

    I have another friend using her stomach fat- was that discussed at all for you?? Not everyone is a candidate. I always encourage everyone to get 2-3 opinions, which I don't know if you did or not. Just so you have options.

     

    I wish you the best, and keep your chin up!! You have a beautiful smile!

     

    I have a great vitamin I took for my hair growth if you're interested!

     

    ~E

    • Andrea
      Sep. 07, 2008

      Hello E,

       

      I just saw this posting of yours from several months ago where you mention a vitamin you would recommend for hair growth.  Could you tell us what it is?  My last chemo was back in March but my hair is so pathetic I'm still keeping it covered.

       

      Cheers,

      Andrea

  • Anonymous
    erinellabella
    Jun. 17, 2008

    Hi Natalia-

     

    If someone is reading the comments and posts, and doesn't understand why the hair loss was a huge part of the cancer fight, then they need to read each topic. Unless they have had someone close to them, they may not fully understand, and that is ok...

     

    The hair on my head wasn't the worst for me- I in fact never wore a wig. I guess...

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    Hi Natalia-

     

    If someone is reading the comments and posts, and doesn't understand why the hair loss was a huge part of the cancer fight, then they need to read each topic. Unless they have had someone close to them, they may not fully understand, and that is ok...

     

    The hair on my head wasn't the worst for me- I in fact never wore a wig. I guess I just got used to it. I have big eyes, and my eyelashes lasted through 9 rounds of chemo. And then they were gone. That was my lowest point. I had the cancer look. Not the mastectomy, not the hairloss, not the weight loss. My defining eyelashes that were commented on my whole life. Thankfully, they came back within 2 months, and the fight with eyelash glue is over. Lately though, I'm seeing the long ones get replaced with short stubby ones, and I'm not sure if it's the tamoxifen getting deeper into my system?? Any thoughts out there?

     

    I too, at 41, have been pushed into early meno, with the hot flashes being seen by my friends before me these days. I never take a sweater, they can't believe I'm not cold when our whole lives I would have been the first one cold. Not having had my children yet, I am certainly dealing withthat right now too. Support groups are a great way to really feel like all of your feelings are valid, and you don't have to justify yourself to anyone.

     

    My one year diagnosis date is next week. I can't believe how far I've come in a year. I'd love everything to fall into place at this point, medical bills undercontrol, a job, normal looking hair-(I'm not complaining- it's growing!). I'm more than thankful for my health these days, and I hope for good results from my markers, and followups since chemo ending in December, and radiation in May.

     

    ~E

  • laura
    Jun. 02, 2008

    you are amazing and a awesome encouragement i was recently diagnosed and will be receiving a mastecomy soon i was very down and out since the news but meeting you and others who in spite of it all find the positive helps me so much take care.

    laura

  • Vickie
    Jun. 01, 2008

    Natalia

    I am so glad to see you posting comments again. I have been worried about you. You look great & the most important thing is how you feel. Let me know about the semi permant wig. Where can you get them is there a website. Take care & stay brave & fight, fight, fight!

    VIckie  

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Hi Vickie I am so happy to be back and let everyone know how Im doing...I realize my last post was kind of depressing with the whole insurance thing and then to just disapear is not cool.  But im doing better and Im happy.  Thanks for your support and being here for me.

      Natalia

  • tsmac
    May. 28, 2008

    Natalie,

     

    It's so good to hear from you again.  You really look great - especially after everything you have been through.  You are such an inspiration.  I'm getting ready for my second treatment and trying to keep that positive attitude.  (The first treatment was so horrible I thought I couldn't do it again.) I think of everything...

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    Natalie,

     

    It's so good to hear from you again.  You really look great - especially after everything you have been through.  You are such an inspiration.  I'm getting ready for my second treatment and trying to keep that positive attitude.  (The first treatment was so horrible I thought I couldn't do it again.) I think of everything you have been through and I know if you can do it so can I.  Welcome back to being 27 - get out there and have some fun!!

     

    Tammy

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Hey Tammy oh my gosh I have missed you!!!  Im so happy that I can help you in staying positive and happy.  When I was in my treatments and laying in a hospital bed I never thought I would be better and now I am and it is such a good feeling, so i know you can do iot!!!  Love you Tammy keep me posted!

      Natalia

  • Maz
    Maz
    May. 28, 2008

    Hi Natalia,

     

    How lovely to read your words every so often.  You truly are an inspiration.  when reading your sharepost this time, I was amazed that you described your cancer invasion just how I felt.  I too felt like I was hosting another person (cancer) in my body for a period of time.  Now they have gone and I feel fabulous again.  ...

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    Hi Natalia,

     

    How lovely to read your words every so often.  You truly are an inspiration.  when reading your sharepost this time, I was amazed that you described your cancer invasion just how I felt.  I too felt like I was hosting another person (cancer) in my body for a period of time.  Now they have gone and I feel fabulous again.   I also would like to share that even though you are going through menopause, it is very possible that you will get your cycle back.  I am 48 and 10 weeks after finishing chemo, my cycle returned.  You cannot imagine how pleased I was.  It really was a sign that my body is recovering extremely well from all the nasties.  I have just had my first year survivorship.  I feel fabulous and yes you are right, you come out a better person for the journey that you share with the inner host.

     

    As for your appearance my dear, well you look sensational. I started off wearing wigs and as you say, hot and couldn't wait to get them off.  So, I actually accepted that who I was as a person, was dictacted by weather I had hair or not.  so I actually found a beautiful me that I had never seen before.  My friends also commented.  I think that if you love yourself no matter what, then that is what everyone sees. 

     

    You are gorgeous no matter what and a truely inspirational women for all survivors.  I love your share posts and I am ever so happy that you are doing well.  

     

    Big hugs to you.

     

    Maz.

     

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Hi Maz  Thanks for your story and I hope my cycle comes back because like you said it is a sign of getting better, but im sceptical because I was done with chemo in january and it hasnt returned yet.  I have also gotten to the point where im comfortable with myself with short hair, and it took some time to get to that point, but I love long hair always...

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      Hi Maz  Thanks for your story and I hope my cycle comes back because like you said it is a sign of getting better, but im sceptical because I was done with chemo in january and it hasnt returned yet.  I have also gotten to the point where im comfortable with myself with short hair, and it took some time to get to that point, but I love long hair always have and I miss mine.  Good luck with everything thank you for your kind words.

      Natalia

  • Lolo
    May. 28, 2008

    Hey there Natalia - You look marvelous!!!  I have one more chemo to go and my hair has been growing (slowly but surely) for the past few months!  Still a tad too short to go without a bandana though.  I live in the San Antonio area - where did you go for the wig???

     

     

    Thanks for the info,

     

    Lolo

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Hi Lolo Im glad to hear your hair is growing back.  I got the wig at a place in sugarland by 59 called gallery of salons and the guy who helped me was Mel.  If your ever interested let me know and Ill be more than happy to help you.

      Natalia

  • Ms Tiffany
    May. 28, 2008

    Loved your story. I start Chemo this morning, hopefully I'll stay as positive and beautiful as you. Thanks for the tips!

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Hi Ms. Tiffany I hope your first chemo went well, I know you will stay possitive because if you dont then you will feel even worse. Good luck and keep me posted.

       

      Natalia

  • Jean
    May. 28, 2008

    hi again natalia, i posted the comment above but my name appeared as lynda when it's actually Jean. keep in touch dear.

  • Jean
    May. 28, 2008

    Natalia, I swear, you look fantastic! What an inspiration you are, looking fabulous while you deal with hot flashes, early menopause (chemo-pause some people call it:), search for perfect wig, and whatever else cancer brought on. Now this is the way to fight cancer.

    Your tip about the existence of the semi permanent wig will help a whole lot of people. Wish...

    RHMLucky777

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    Natalia, I swear, you look fantastic! What an inspiration you are, looking fabulous while you deal with hot flashes, early menopause (chemo-pause some people call it:), search for perfect wig, and whatever else cancer brought on. Now this is the way to fight cancer.

    Your tip about the existence of the semi permanent wig will help a whole lot of people. Wish they were around when I lost my hair.

    God bless you! Keep posting!

    • Natalia Hernandez
      Health Guide
      Jun. 17, 2008

      Thank you so much, I never thought I would be able to look in the mirror and like what I see like I use to, but miracles can happen.  Stay strong Jean and thanks for your kind words.

       

      Natalia

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