Hair Before Chemo – and During

Picture 1 was taken just before I went into hospital for my chemo.

Picture 2 during the chemo and shortly afterwards I lost the whole lot – after being told that there is usually only 10% hair loss on my drugs, which were Mitomycin & 5FU.


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Born in Liverpool at the end of WW2, but raised in Skelmersdale. I first studied art in Southport from 1960-63 and worked in graphic design till I married. In December 1969 I moved to Zambia with my husband and two young children. There I taught art in the local girls school, illustrated for the National Correspondence College and did all sorts of other artwork, paid and unpaid. In 1978 I divorced and remarried in the summer of 1980. In 1985 I became ill and the following year cancer was diagnosed. There was no treatment available in Zambia and so I had to go to the UK. After recovering from a radium needle implant I went back to Zambia, but 18 months later the cancer recurred and it was off to the UK again for radical surgery. This time I realised I must stay in the UK where treatment was available, so I never returned to Zambia nor my husband. A few months later I applied for a degree course, but two years later the disease metastasised and I spent most of my final year in and out of hospital. It’s been a long hard road, but I’m still plodding on and it is now 24 years since my last cancer treatment. Because of my experience of cancer and surviving against the odds, I try and help others cope with their devastating diagnosis and prognosis.

3 thoughts on “Hair Before Chemo – and During”

  1. In response to the pingback above: Ideally i wouldn’t have been having chemo, but earlier radiation (twice) had failed and I was already following a strict diet with additional vitamins and minerals. The chemo was intended to save my life and it is now 21 years since my last treatment and I wonder how many people can say that after secondary bone cancer. I rather fancy a pelvic transplant wouldn’t be an option!

    Regarding Chernobyl, you seem to be confusing radiation with chemo.

    In a nutshell, my preference would be complimentary therapy rather than alternative therapy. Of course, better still, a preventative measure (though in my case, that failed).


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