Paula gives advice to women losing their hair due to chemotherapy for cancer treatment.
It will come back. You can buy a wig. They make very nice wigs. It’s hard. It really is hard because it is part of who you are, and you just look at yourself differently when you have lost your hair. It’s really, it’s a hard, it’s hard. First time for me was really hard. It’s just part of being a woman is having this nice head of hair, whether you wear it short or long–it’s there. The only thing I can say is, when you don’t have the head of hair, it’s very easy to get in the shower, rub it down, get out, dry it and put a wig on. You don’t have to use a curling iron or the blow dryer, but that’s not the reality. The reality is it’s difficult and it will come back. It may come back curlier than it was, it may come back a different color than it was, but it will eventually come back, but it does take a long time to come back to where you can take the wig off.
Now, my daughter never wore a wig. She did it initially for some things, and then she took it off and said, “I don’t need this anymore,” and she walked around without it. My head gets cold. I guess I’m a little vainer in that, but when I first lost it this time, and I still, I wear scarves sometimes because they’re more comfortable than the wig and you can… I have a whole drawer full of these beautiful scarves I never wore or used for anything, so now I wrap my head in them.
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