I promised I wouldn’t shy away from the rougher bits of this cancer situation, and so I’m not. I know that I wanted to see what I had in store at the start of the diagnosis, so I’m hoping these pictures will help others feel more informed than I did.
But please be gentle with this one, because I’m feeling very vulnerable about posting these pictures.
Here’s what it looks like when your hair has started to fall out, but you’re not fully ‘there’ yet. It’s coming out in patches, so I’m dealing with the ‘well-loved, decades-old teddy aesthetic’. Somehow this is more unsettling for me than the prospect of being fully hairless. Get on with it, hair! Know when you’re not wanted and bugger off.
So far, I’ve found that my hats and headscarves are helping me feel more confident, as has doing fierce daily makeup. On a similar note, I’m on the lookout for silky, cheap headscarves, so if anyone knows of a good source please get in touch.