Hair loss

hair loss

My friends all know about my cancer now, and their reactions have been very diverse. But the most remarkable of all – which I got from two different people, mind you – was: “So will you be losing your hair?”

The first time, it caught me completely off-guard. The second time, I had an answer prepared: “Probably. I can put it in a box and ship it to you, if you’d like to have it.”

Honestly, though, I wonder if I brought it on myself. (The hair loss, not the cancer.) I have bragged more than once about the nice thick hair that Heaven granted me. Only this last spring, two of my (younger) colleagues were commiserating about the fact that they were balding. “I don’t have to worry about that,” I gloated to them. “I don’t have the gene for it. Look at what a nice thick handsome head of hair I have!”

They laughed dutifully, but they were both glowering at me.

And, you see, Karma is now paying me back.

The radiation therapy, being directed very specifically toward the tumor in my throat, will cause only a little hair loss – perhaps part of my beard and some of the hair on the back of my neck.

The chemotherapy, however, will probably take care of the rest. In the words of one website: “You will very likely wake up one morning with all of your hair on your pillow.”


But, as I keep telling people: isn’t that what hats are for?

And, thank goodness, I look charming in hats.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

12 Responses to Hair loss

  1. Paula says:

    Even on such a “weighty” subject, you made me laugh out loud, dear Loren! Take care. I’m thinking good thoughts of strength and serenity surrounding you every day.

  2. I have heard stories of hair coming back different but better. Like a mane of thick curly hair instead of thin straight hair. Which might not even appeal to you but in the article I read (that stuck with me) the woman cancer survivor appreciated the change.

  3. P.S. always thought if I ever have to have chemo I would get my hair chopped very short first.

  4. starproms says:

    Yes, you do look very natty in hats so I would definitely go hat hunting when you feel up to it. It will take your mind off your problems for a short while and do you good 🙂

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