Chemotherapy and Alopecia
Having been diagnosed with cancer is devastating enough, but the thought of losing ones hair as a result of chemotherapy can be overwhelming. We truly believe that looking good and feeling good about oneself, having the confidence that a full head of hair can give a woman while going through treatment is a huge and important step on the road to recovery. We know because we have been there. Janet was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Aug of 2001 and started her treatments on September 11, 2001. We all remember what happened the morning of 9/11/01. Talk about being hit with a double whammy. It was a very scary time for us but fortunately it was caught early and the prognosis was for a complete recovery. Janet has been cancer free for over 8 years now. In some ways it was a blessing in disguise. It gave Janet inside knowledge and empathy with all our chemo clients. They know that she knows exactly what they are going through and hopefully will know that they are in the best of hands and that we are here to help them through this most traumatic experience.
I’m sometimes amazed that many people I’ve talked to outside the hair replacement industry have never heard of alopecia. Yet it affects millions of women, and even men to a lesser degree, all over the world. No one really understands what causes alopecia, except that it’s an immune system disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicle causing hair loss. There are 3 types of alopecia. Alopecia, in which the hair loss appears as bald spots on the scalp. Alopecia areata, which causes total baldness and hair loss on other parts of the body and finally alopecia universalis, in which no hair grows on any part of the body, not even eyelashes. Again, even though this is not a life threatening condition it’s a very traumatic and devastating experience for a woman. Sometimes it strikes very suddenly. A woman can lose all her hair in a matter of weeks. Other times it comes on gradually, can even go away for a time, but almost always comes back. At this point there is no cure but there is Hair Replacement by Janet and we can help. That’s our job. That’s what we do.