Road To Recovery
Holly's Personal Firsthand Written Account Of Her Cancer Story
"I have been proactive about my health for years. I eat healthy, workout almost daily, drink lots of water, go to regular doctor appointments, ect. So, when I got the news that the lump my doctor had been checking was breast cancers at age 38; I just couldn't believe it. I felt scared, mad, confused, and just completely overwhelmed. I didn't understand how this could happen to me since I took such great care of myself, and I do not have any family history of breast cancer. I did lose my father to colon cancer a year before my diagnosis and all I could think was, "how do I break this to my mom" and "what about my 7 year old daughter."
I was devastated. I went to several doctors to get options and I felt even more overwhelmed, but after a few weeks, I knew my strong faith and loving support system would get me through. And, they did!
After multiple surgeries, eight intense chemo treatments, radiation, and getting ready for five years on tamoxifen (an estrogen suppressing drug as my cancer was estrogen positive) my body was worn out. I had decided to use the chomo cold caps but was told due to my more extensive chemo route I most likely would still lose hair in the end. While I didn't lose it all, I did lose quite a bit that last month. Although I must note the cold caps were still worth it in my opinion due to keeping my hair until the end. It just kept me going out and looking "normal" which is what I needed at the time!
I was happy to be out of treatments, but felt so tired and lost on how to get back into life. My hair, scalp and skin were a mess, and I wanted to get even healthier with diets and supplements. My doctors were great as far as helping with treatments, but at this point they kind of sent me out without any guidance as far as how to deal with side effects from all the treatments, how to best prevent a reoccurrence and mostly how to jump back into life again after being sidetracked for so ling with doctors appointments and healing. It was a scary time. I prayed for guidance and peace.
I thank God that I found Erkkie Wells of Miyohara International, Dr. Frank Fronda, holistic doctors and a few others who helped me through this time. Mrs. Wells was so patient when helping me with my hair, scalp and all the questions I had. It grew back quickly and is thicker and healthier than ever. She took her time and listened to my problems. She also helped me with skin and nutrition issues that were safe for someone who is a cancer survivor. Traditional doctors are great at treating the cancer, but not very helpful when it comes to nutrition and holistic alternatives for prevention. I continue to work with Mrs. Wells today and am so thankful for her guidance.
My cancer journey was difficult, but as a two year survivor I have come so far. Hopefully, you won't have to take this journey, but if so, you can get through with the correct support and guidance. Be strong, have faith and trust the right people with your health. Be proactive as only you will make sure you are on the right path. Do no leave it up to only traditional medicine but reach out to others."
Questions and Answers for Before, During and After Cancer Treatments:
These are common questions and concerns for most people starting chemotherapy treatments, Miyohara Trichology clinic will try to dispel some of the Do's & Don'ts for Cancer Patients by answering some of the day to day protocol's one should follow after all chemotherapy treatment is finished. Our goal is to give clear concise answers without fear and confusion. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email. We are here to assist you in anyway possible.
NOTE: IF SCALP HAS CRADLE CAP, SECTION HAIR AND REMOVE THIS WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB (IF SCALP IS NOT SORE OR TENDER). PRE-CLEAN USING SOME ORGANIC WITCH HAZEL THEN SHAMPOO AFTERWARDS.
How often can I wash my hair?
This will vary from person to person, those that have fine thin oily hair (daily ), if not feeling weak or too frail, medium texture slightly wavy (2 to 3) times a week if scalp is sweaty or hair sticky,thick course hair (once )a week if dry and brittle.
Does it matter if I cut my hair before, during, or after chemotherapy?
This will vary from person to person,not everyone loses a lot of hair in the beginning,so see how the hair changes after chemotherapy before cutting the hair,it normally takes 2 to 3 months before hair takes it's decent and start falling out, if the hair is too uneven and has short and long strands it will be better to give the hair and even blunt geometric cut to make the hair look fuller, your hairdresser will know what this is,if the hair is okay and your not losing too much trimming the ends will just give a cleaner more healthier polished look.
Can I color my hair? And if so when?
No. Coloring your hair due to the scalp sensitivity and the fragility to the hair is not recommended. We normally have clients to wait up until six months after your last chemo treatment before doing any chemical services. Clients before
having any chemical services administered your hairdresser should perform a skin test behind the ear or forearm for allergic reactions this is (24 hours with product on) covered with a band-aid and a hair elasticity test to make sure the hair is strong enough to handle the chemical service being performed,ie color, bleaching, hight-lights,perming, straightner, if everything is cleared and you can receive services keep your look as close to natural as possible,this will prevent having to use to strong of chemicals on you.
Can I use heat on my hair? (i.e. hair dryers, electric curlers/rollers)
Depends on the healthiness of the hair, if the hair quality is restored and the hair is no longer weak and fragile I think lukewarm dryer is okay and wet setting the hair and allowing it to dry naturally is better if one has the time, if above appliances are used my advice would be no more than twice a week on restored hair, if hair is weak allow the hair to dry naturally and style afterwards (DO NOT USE APPLIANCES).
Can I tie my hair back with a light band?
These may be used as long as your not pulling at the hair or hair line,try and stay away from any form of pulling when necessary and allow hair to fall in it's normal hair pattern.
What P.H. balance shampoo should I be using?
If your hair is very oily a 7.0 which is more balanced as to remove greasy build up without too much stripping and leave the hair with body, and if your hair is normal a 5.5 p.h. is perfect for your hair type, if your hair and scalp is dryer you want a 4.5-5.0 p.h. which is more acidic based to help restore the acid mantle to your scalp and the dry lack luster to your hair,all shampoo's should be void of (sulfates,PEG's,synthetic polymers,and harsh chemicals) these coat the hair and can lead to excessive shedding.
What should I do to get tangles out of my hair?
First and foremost always shampoo hair under a shower with head slightly tilted back and apply shampoo to the scalp and run it through the hair, never twirl the hair around this is how the hair becomes matted.Apply a detangler conditioning treatment to the hair and starting from the nape comb hair section by section using a wide tooth comb going up towards the hair line this will prevent breakage and pulling to detangle the hair.
(NEVER TAKE A COMB STARTING AT THE FRONT OF THE HAIR LINE AND GO THROUGH TANGLED HAIR COMBING IT BACKWARDS THIS IS A BIG NO NO)
Can I brush my hair?
Definitely not when the hair is wet or very fragile this will cause the hair to split more, when the hair is stronger and healthier using a very soft natural bristle brush you may perform this type of brushing to help silken the hair by stimulating the oil glands to release sebum giving it luster and sheen.
Can I use finishing hair products on my hair like mousse, gel, or hair spray?
If you can go without using any fixatives on the hair this would be best because these type of hair products will have even more chemicals than the shampoo's and conditioners, so I would recommend that you do not use these aids. But some people fill like they just have to have them so I would say put a little in your hands and only apply from the middle of the hair strand to the ends (DO NOT LET TOUCH THE SCALP).
Can I wear a scarf, hat, or wig over or around my head?
A.Yes. A scarf should be made of silk to be soft on the hair as well as the scalp, a hat only when outdoors and it is very hot as to not get sunburn or heat stroke, and a wig preferably hand made where the fibers are not rubbing and cutting the new hairs trying to grow in, if one cannot afford this type of wig then put a silk scarf on the head before putting a synthetic hair piece on your head( use only for outings where appearance is a must,but take off as soon as you get home).
Can I exercise if my scalp sweats?
Yes/NO. Yes if you have received a clean bill of health from your oncologist, start very slow with walking,water exercising, yoga...No if you are still too weak and your skin too thin and frail, lactic acid from your sweat will cause your skin to burn and feel very dry and effect the quality of your hair if you start sweating too much, so see where you are before starting back on any routine exercise program.
Can I swim?
If your oncologist gives you the okay to do so my advice would be to only swim in a Salt Water Pool not a pool filled with Chlorine due to the harshness on your overall body skin,also always wear a white silk scarf on head then put on your swim cap over the scarf as to not be too tight on the scalp.
“He has been gifted with an abundance of natural talent, an enquiring and creative mind, a quest for knowledge and a passion for science alongside a caring and giving personality.”
Frank Fronda is an entrepreneur, the Inventor of the Penguin Cold Cap Therapy System and the Founder and President of Medical Specialties of California (MSC) and Penguin Cold Caps where he retains an active role. He can still be found at all times of the night and day talking with cancer patients and sharing his wealth of knowledge.
He currently resides in London and the Kent countryside in the UK.
With no funding, just an idea, knowledge, combined with the determination and will power to make a difference for cancer sufferers worldwide. A way for chemotherapy patients to take back control, keep their dignity, remain positive, smile during adversity with no one knowing their condition. To find a solution to the dreaded side effect of most chemotherapeutic drugs – Alopecia. To make this solution available to every chemotherapy patient.
Over the past 20 years Frank Fronda has visited many oncology clinics and hospitals around the world gathering information on chemotherapy induced alopecia, different drug protocols and the effects of scalp cooling. He is now considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject and lectures in different countries worldwide.
Frank is one of the lucky few who have been able to succeed in his passion; to help and make a difference to so many. He continues to lecture and educate doctors worldwide and is determined to make cold cap therapy available to anyone who wants to use it.
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