Last January, my husband and I retired to spend more time travelling the world together. At the end of July, I went for a routine mammogram check up, never thinking it would come back positive. Ten days later, I was shocked to get a call back saying I had to go in for an ultrasound and then a biopsy, which proved I had a small cancerous growth in my left breast.
On 21st August, I had a lumpectomy operation to remove the growth and all went well. Unlike most people with breast cancer, although caught at this early stage, unfortunately I also tested positive for the HER2 gene. This meant I would have to have further treatment after the operation.
I started my course of chemotherapy on 1st October and had to have it every week for 12 weeks. Prioer to the treatment starting, my doctor suggested I try the Paxman Scalp Cooling System, known for reducing hair loss during chemotherapy treatment. I decided to give it a go…it had to be better than losing all my hair!
After the first cold cap session, I was undecided as to whether or not I would continue. The cap was a little uncomfortable and very cold. I persevered and the following week wrapped up very warm with lots of layers, drinking tea through a straw so that the chin-strap could fit tightly and cover my whole scalp. This really helped and I gradually got used to the tight feeling under my chin. As the weeks went on, it got so much easier and didn’t bother me at all in the end. The cap became my chemo buddy!
I have now finished all my chemo treatment and although my hair is definitely thinner, nobody but me can notice that much. It has helped me deal with the process of chemo treatment because when I look in the mirror I look the same as before. People wouldn’t know I had cancer unless I wanted them to.
I would really recommend you to try scalp cooling and stick to it. You’ll be happy with the results, it’s definitely worth it!