Could chemo GIVE her hair?
Posted in Nourishment for the Spirit » Kathy's Blog on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mom had surgery to implant a 'port' which will allow her to receive the IV's of chemo during the course of her treatment.  She'll have six treatments, one every three weeks.  While I know what chemo is, I wanted to learn more.  This is what I found from chemotherapy.com:

Chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells; unfortunately, it cannot tell the difference between a cancer cell and some healthy cells. So chemotherapy eliminates not only the fast-growing cancer cells but also other fast-growing cells in your body, including, hair and blood cells.


Chemotherapy Side Effects

  • Low red and/or white blood cell count
  • Low platelet count
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue

In an earlier blog, I mentioned my mom had four autoimmune diseases.  I'm not sure who it was but someone told mom they were likely caused by a virus she's had in her spine since she was young.  They also thought that could be the reason she lost her hair in her 20's.  My mom has been wearing a wig since she was 23.  (I'll NEVER forget the time at DisneyWorld when we were on the roller coaster at Space Mountain and it came flying off!  I was sitting behind her and it flew right into my face!!  LOL)  

 

In addition to killing the cancer cells, she was told there's a chance the chemo could wipe out that virus that has likely caused all of these autoimmune issues and her hair loss.  I told her while she's getting her first chemo treatment (for three hours), she should envision the chemo wiping out this virus, too.  And then she can imagine what she would look like WITH hair!!  We had a good laugh.  So, as I meditate and envision her getting well, I will picture her with a full head of hair!!


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