There are many different side effects of chemo therapy that effect different people, differently.
Most people lose their hair, some not as much as others. I am guessing it depends on your dosages. I always said back then that they were giving me enough chemo medication to kill an elephant.
I lost every single hair on my body. Some areas happily, some not so happily like on my head.
Some people choose different methods of hiding that. Wigs, fancy scarfs, little caps and the brave just let their bald head show. I chose to use a bandana - you know - like the ones that gang members wear to show their "colors". I had to be careful about where I walked and what part of the city just in case I could get shot at - J/K. I thought it looked a little more youthful.
Those chemo combat soldiers also destroy most of your taste buds so everything tastes the same. My diet consisted of mashed potatoes. french fries with ketchup, and the real Coca Cola with sugar. I did not eat french fries as a regular thing before or after chemo and I always drank diet soda. I could not eat vegetables or salads. I did eat a lot of creamy things. Instead of losing weight during chemo I gained.
Actually, gaining weight gave me a feeling of wellness.
My mom was very supportive during this process but could not understand the eating part. She has always been focused on weight and was upset that I was gaining. Going on a healthy diet during chemo? PULEEEZE!
I do want to say here that everyone is different. These are just my own personal reactions. Also, chemo medications have improved since 1996/1997.
Stay tuned for Part 3.