Each year it seems that someone in the family is fighting with cancer. This year it is my wife’s turn. It isn’t really fair; she took another turn five years ago.
Cancer isn’t a lot of fun. The treatment more often than not it means having a piece of your body removed. It can involve surgery that is difficult and potentially as dangerous as the disease itself.
Then if you don’t want to have to risk the disease showing up again in the near future, you get a few options. One, radiation is relatively pain free though it will most certainly interfere with your schedule if you work or have a family. Of course this all depends on the dose.
The other big treatment is chemotherapy; usually just called Chemo. Chemo has a lot of potential side effects. The drugs can cause nausea which is like getting sea sick but without the pleasure of going on a cruise.
The drugs can cause pain. It may seem strange to give a drug that hurts, but to get to the cancer cells the drug has to kill a lot of friendly cells in the process. It is this killing of friendly cells that is behind what most women, especially my wife, like least about the whole business.
Time and time again women and children (and a few men too) show just how strong and capable they are as they go through treatment after nauseating treatment with Chemo. They still keep fighting and smiling.
But one thing always bothers them, the day the hair starts falling out. This bothers men all the time so going bald isn’t quite such a big surprise for them.
Thankfully there are people known as wig ladies near nearly every major cancer treatment center that can help make the issue a smaller and less embarrassing problem.
My wife’s first experience with hair loss during Chemo happened slightly over five years ago. At that time Breast Cancer did it’s best to take her down. She is a real fighter and she wasn’t going down easy. The hardest part of the fight occurred when as she was battling the cancer with Chemo she started losing her hair.
At that time she didn’t know anyone who handled the situation. Through someone at the treatment center she hooked up with Diane’s Wigs on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.
The lady there was extremely helpful and helped explain a lot of things she could do to help her prepare herself.
Unfortunately things were already happening and she was feeling a bit like her cocker spaniel that was losing his fur due to a food allergy. Her self esteem was falling quickly and needed a boost. She learned that it is better to go in before you need the wig.
Diane’s provided her a couple of wigs at a very reasonable price. One of the wigs was what is known as a red wig. These wigs are extremely inexpensive but are not necessarily very flattering. She bought it because it made her look a little like Peg Bundy and she figured her work mates would get a kick out of it.
Diane’s is located at:
8364 Six Forks Road, Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27615
In this most recent battle with Uterine Cancer she decided she wanted to try another wig lady. Her first wigs, though comfortable, were very hot. After several hours a wig can get damp from sweat and, as she learned, it is important that the wig allow the sweat to evaporate. With the first battle, she was going for price; and speed of delivery. Now she wanted comfort as well. She might have been able to get it at Diane’s but she decided to try another lady she found on Craig’s List.
The wig she got this time is incredibly light. She had a choice between natural hair and artificial hair; she went with the artificial hair. The wig weights little more than a hair net. It cost quite a bit more than both wigs during the prior fight. (She gave these away thinking she would never need them again)
She did something else which only someone with experience would do. She arranged to have her hair cut and shaped so that it looks almost exactly like the wig. This way when she transitions to the wig sometime in the next week or two, no one at work will know. It’s a good way to keep up her comfort level.
In addition to wigs, the “Lovely Lady” where she got her wig also has other items designed to help people fighting cancer, particularly Breast Cancer.
404 E Chatham St
Cary, NC 27511
Although, with only two bouts with cancer at this time, she has not checked out a third place that she has heard good things about. Like Diane’s and Lovely Lady this is source of aid for someone who may need a wig to allow them to go through the treatments. In addition to wigs, all of these providers either have other items to help cancer patients or have network partners that they know who can help.
Angel Hair Wig Gallery
7478 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613