Posts in category "Hair loss"

A normal day, a normal life

Right now I am sitting in a hotel room in Hartford, WI. I’ve been in my PJ’s since 6pm, working and entering orders on my computer from a busy work day. I drove around 175 miles today, listened to the audio CD of “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and went on two sales calls. I wrote... Read more »

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery

Life after cancer: tis the spring of my recovery
Ahhh spring. A warm breeze, a shining sun. A newly grown bunch of daffodils all yellow and bright. Lovely. It’s exciting to finally experience some nice weather after such a long, cold and awful winter. It’s particularly exciting when that winter was spent dealing with treatments, hair loss and surgeries. Ahhhh, spring. And now, life... Read more »

Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!

Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!
Dear God, Hi. How ya doing? Good but super busy? I can only imagine. I know you have lots on your plate and that my request is maybe not high on your priority list but one can hope. Right? Can’t I? Hope is what this little journey  of mine has been all about. Tomorrow big... Read more »
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Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy

Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy
Think of the tune from “Bye Bye Birdie” while reading this as that’s how I’ve been searching for humor in this odyssey that began in June. Only sub the word “boobies” instead of “birdie”. It’s quite catchy. Last Tuesday I underwent a bilateral double mastectomy with the first stage of reconstruction. It’s a fancy way... Read more »

Norman: When a father discovers his daughter has cancer

Norman: When a father discovers his daughter has cancer
Written by my father “My Daddy”, Norman Dachman (author of Chicago Then) Ten years ago my daughter Teppi Jacobsen (When You Put It That Way) called and said I have something important to tell you.  She was going to drive over to tell me. I had  moved to Madison, WI and thought it unusual for... Read more »

Jennifer: The shock of a breast cancer diagnosis while waiting for her BRCA test results

Jennifer is married and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and young daughter. Since this was written, Jennifer has completed her mastectomy surgery. She has had a difficult time healing having contracted an infection which resulted in her being hospitalized. She is recovering nicely now and continuing with her treatment.  Written by Jennifer Ward Mitchell When... Read more »
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Kim: BRCA1 and overcoming unimaginable heartache

OUR STORY: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN KILL YOU!!! Written by Kim Lavarello I still recall looking at my twin sister’s wig, retired to it’s box, after her hair had finally reached a length where she was comfortable being seen without it.  All I could think was, “will I too be wearing that thing one day?” We... Read more »

Sally: A mastectomy discovered what mammograms and MRI's missed

My name is Sally Pietig. I also carry the BRCA1 gene. I’m a wife, mother, sister, dental hygienist and I have breast cancer at 34 years old. Here is my story… By Sally Pietig My mom had breast cancer when she was 38(alive now at 62)and her sister died at 54 of ovarian cancer. Neither... Read more »

Susan: BRCA2 positive and Alopecia. Finding a way to help others in the face of her own crisis

Susan: BRCA2 positive and Alopecia. Finding a way to help others in the face of her own crisis
Susan Beausang comes from three generations of breast cancer survivors. She also suffers from Alopecia Areata, or total hair loss. She has two degrees; one in Fashion Design and one Political Science after her career path deviated to the world of financial markets. After coming to terms with her hair loss, Susan put her fashion design... Read more »
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Hair loss from chemotherapy part two: now that it's gone and how you can prepare

Hair loss from chemotherapy part two: now that it's gone and how you can prepare
(Disclaimer – I am actually going to write about something other than cancer in my next blog! So bear with me!!) A few weeks ago I wrote about the prospect of losing my hair as a result of upcoming chemotherapy. I was obviously quite unhappy at the idea of not just losing it this time,... Read more »