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Hair loss and other post cancer physical changes

By Anonymous February 13, 2016 - 6:42pm
 
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My cancer treatments (chemo and radiation) have ended almost five years ago. I told all treatment providers my hair loss still persists. I am told repeatedly that it is not related to any of my medications are previous treatments. I am now finding out that I do have alopecia. In addition I have weight gain among other issues. My depression has deepened. I am devastated that I am even more disfigured due to the hair loss. I feel lied to. I feel so discounted and as though I am making a big deal out of nothing. I am a person who has autism and this combined with my depression seem to give the impression I "am feeling wrong and/or thinking incorrectly. I want to know how others have diminished the anger and sadness of hair loss, keloids, weight gain or any other changes in their physical appearance.

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
I'm so sorry you are facing these challenges. I feel that sometimes the best way to diminish anger and sadness is to get validated and I want to give you some validation right now.
The physical challenges you face are difficult and frustrating. Anyone would feel that way under those circumstances.
And you are not alone in feeling discounted and/or lied to by doctors. Doctors have done the same to me and many other people I know. It is not right and your feelings are completely justified.
I encourage you to fight for your health. I know its difficult sometimes to find a doctor who cares, but don't give up.
Below I pasted links to HER articles that describe treatments for alopecia and keloids:
http://www.empowher.com/hair-loss/content/hair-loss-all-about-alopecia
http://www.empowher.com/skin-hair-amp-nails/content/treating-keloids-scars-ethnic-skin

I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.
Faith

February 14, 2016 - 1:46pm
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