TMI Thursday, Aloha…

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Aloha is a Hawaiian word that can have many meanings, including friendliness, kindness and affection.  It’s more common meaning in the English language is a greeting, either hello or goodbye.

I’m using it that way today because I’m excited to tell you (not show you just yet!) about one of the more common side effects of having breast cancer and chemotherapy.  Back in November my hair started to fall out — all of my hair, everywhere on my body, except my eyebrows and eyelashes. They have thinned somewhat and I think a lot of my bottom lashes have come out, but I’ve always been a girl who likes make up so brows and lashes are relatively easy to camouflage.  The hair on my head, not so much!

One of the benefits of chemo, aside from the big one of ridding me of any cancer cells, has been not having to shave or wax legs, underarms, bikini area.  The hair was just gone, sort of like it rubbed off with any friction from clothing.

But since I had my last chemo treatment nearly a month ago now, I thought the stubble on my head was growing out a little.  I couldn’t be sure cause it’s only about a quarter-inch long, but it feels a little different.  Last night as I was smoothing on lotion — it’s still winter where I live — I could feel stubble on my legs, for the first time in months!  I haven’t checked absolutely everywhere, but I think my hair is finally starting to grow back. So aloha!

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  1. She, right on! Things will be back to normal soon, hopefully! Yay! 😃

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    1. Yep, I’m getting there! 🙂

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      1. That’s so great to hear! 😊

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    Great news!

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  3. That is great news! Who’d have thought we’d all be excited about your leg hair?!? 😀

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    1. I know, lol! Doesn’t take much to make me happy lately 🙂

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      1. Aw! Well, I think that’s awesome really. We should be happy about the little things in life!

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  4. Shall we call you fuzzy for now? 😀

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    1. Yes, sweetie, just as long as you call me 😉

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      1. You’re welcome, Diane!

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  5. Great news ! Too bad you couldn’t keep it from growing on your legs, though. (Spoken by one who shaves in the a.m. and has a 5 o’clock shadow by sunset…sorry)

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    1. I know, I didn’t mind that break!

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  6. That’s wonderful news Diane!

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    1. Thanks, Steph! It’s a long road 🙂

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      1. Yes it is and you’ve walked it with grace. I have a cousin who was on that road last year and she finished up her chemo in December.

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      2. Oh, thank you and I wish your cousin the best of luck with her journey!

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  7. Good for you Diane!

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. Yay, shaving my legs again! 🙂

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  8. Aloha! I am so happy for you. Since there seems to be no such thing as selective regrowth, we’ll take all rather than none and smile about it! Yay!

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    1. Yep, I’ll take what I can get!

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  9. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend who is in the same position as you, and her hair grew back thicker than ever. She looked extremely glamorous with short salt-and-pepper curls!

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    1. That is what I hear from others, too. Since my hair was super thick and wavy, I was hoping for not curly, but at this point I’ll take what I can get 🙂

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  10. Yeah! That is so exciting! xxx

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    1. I’m excited to see what kind of hair grows in! 🙂

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      1. yes, my dad’s hair had no grey in it!!!

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  11. Glad to hear your hair is growing back – that deserves a big Mahalo!

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  12. I’ll bet you never complain about hair removal again. Ever. 😀 Doing a happy dance with you.

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    1. Probably not! I’m really curious to see what I end up with in the hair department!

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  13. yea i could have lived with no hair on my legs. right? but sure glad my hair came back.
    mine came in pure white at first then darker. new things every day.

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    1. That’s what I keep hearing. Mine is pretty white now, wouldn’t mind if it looks good. I know, the leg thing is a pain, right? Back to shaving!

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  14. That is awesome, who ever thought leg hair could be described as awesome. I bet you can’t wait to see how your hair grows back. Side note: When my dad went through chemo he had a head full of gray hair, gray since his late teens, early twenties. His hair grew back jet black :). Anyhoo so glad you had a great vacay.

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    1. Wow, kind of hope mine isn’t black, but I could live with anything at this point!

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  15. That’s so great Diane. Aloha 😃

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  16. Good for you my dear. The future is indeed bright

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  17. Aloha! This post makes me smile Diane. I hope all else is good with you – you continue to be in thoughts. Happy Friday! 🙂

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    1. Glad I made you smile, Terry. I’m doing well, thanks. Hope you are, too!

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  18. Aloha! I’m going to run away to Hawaii in your honor. 😃

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    1. You could pick lots worse places 🙂

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  19. And post-chemo hair grows back so beautifully.

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    1. I’m hoping so! Thanks, Oneta

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  20. Yippee, Diane! That’s great 🙂 🙂 🙂 Who knew we’d be so excited about leg hair?
    Very happy for you. Love, Debbie hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, I know, right! It takes very little to make me happy 😀

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