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    Posted: Nov 06 2022 at 10:52am
I was just informed of my tnbc 2 weeks ago and got all my tests done with in a week and I found it ear ly they say. 3-3.7 cm not spread and not in lymph nodes. 
So why chemo instead then surgery then radiation? My fear will I look sick and like decrepit. I'm a healthy 55 yr old women go to gym.  I have 3 kids 2 just started college and one graduating.  I don't want them to know or hear the C word. My mom died of a blade tumor cancer just 5 yrs ago.  It would throw them all into a tail spin. So my concern is chemo , the pic I have in my head of my 75 yr olds mom is scaring the CRAP out of me. I don't want to look like that.  I know it was different for her,  older,  type 2 diabetes and different type cancer. But that's my fear.  They re saying first 1x a week for 12 weeks then 1x every 3 weeks for another 3-4 x, omg why so much. !! Yes I realize going to lose my hair but what else? Can I go through this and still look normal??? What happens? When? 
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I am a hairdresser and worked thru chemo. I realize this isn't doable for everyone. I worked in a busy 12 operator salon so many people came thru daily. Customers never guessed I was going thru chemo. Because I wore different wigs [ and being a hairdresser] clients just thought I changed my hair often. Even with my own clients I could choose whether to mention it or not. 

Hair will usually start falling out I think 2 weeks after first infusion with AC. I shaved my head to avoid the mess of hair everywhere. Until it fell out around the bottom I could get away with wearing berets, wrapping in a scarf with a hat of some sort on top. If you look thru the old archives of this site several of us had written tips for drawing on eyebrows, wearing head wraps etc. This would probably be from around 2008-2009 perhaps [if they were never redone.] I don't come on site very often. 

Good luck to you. 


dx Feb. 2001. Age 44

2cm. no nodes stage 1 grade 3

4 rnds AC, 35 rads
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