I was having a really great day. It was Friday, the official kickoff to the weekend was only hours away, it was sunny and 80 degrees – it just doesn’t get much better. Then I went to the doctor. Buzz killed. It was time for my four week follow up with radiation. He asked me all of the usual “how are you doing?” questions and I answered positively for all. Then it came to the hair. I haven’t seen much in the way of hair growth following radiation and had been paranoid that I would be one of “those people” who didn’t have hair come back after treatment. At all. So, I pulled the scarf off of my head and he took a good look. His next few words made my stomach drop. “I’m pessimistic about your hair growth. If you don’t see anything more in the next two months, this will be the permanent state of your scalp.”
Gulp. 31 years old, female, and bald. Not quite what I had in mind for my recovery. I realize that I have made a major recovery from a pretty scary kind of cancer. But allow me to be vain for just a bit. I never wanted to look like a cancer patient in the first place, and I certainly never wanted to do so on a permanent basis. I asked what more I could do to encourage hair growth. Vitamins? Diet? Nope. Nothing I could do. The saying goes when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, right? Well, when I want peach fuzz, I’m going to make a peach cocktail. And take drastic measures. Friends, today I bought Rogaine. Well, the Target version. That stuff is expensive!
So here I go on my hair growth journey. I’m taking pre-natal vitamins, a super B-complex vitamin, eating more protein, having my thyroid checked out, and using Rogaine. Giddy up. I will have hair again if I have anything to say about it. It seems my doctor might have been a little premature in his assessment too. Phew. Most of the medical sites and patient forums I saw online indicated 3 months to a year before hair was really growing again. So, it sounds like I have a while to wait and that I’d better purchase a few more caps and scarves in light, breathable fabrics to get me through the sweltering summer. And maybe I’ll have to make a few more of these to get me through the summer too. Just call it my “rain dance” cocktail – but for hair.
sparkling peach melba
recipe: jb’s pour house
1/2 bag frozen unsweetened peaches or 3 ripe fresh peaches, sliced
6 oz. raspberries
1/4 c. sugar
1 bottle Asti, chilled
1/2 c. vanilla cognac (or make your own)
Combine peaches, raspberries and sugar in a mixing bowl. Carefully toss and let fruit macerate for about 20-30 minutes. Working in batches, puree fruit in a food processor or blender. Place puree in a pitcher. Slowly add half of the Asti to the puree, as the Asti will bubble and fizz quite a bit. Stir, and add half of the cognac. This will cause the fizz to dissipate. Slowly add the remaining half of the Asti. Add the remaining cognac. Stir well and chill until ready to serve.
Raising a glass to hair,
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