I did have hair loss, while not complete I'd say about 25% thinning. Mostly in the typical top section that males generally lose.
I chose to shave it off after 2 sessions of Folfox as it was coming out in handfuls in the shower and on my pillow.
Just figured shaving would make it easier and it did. I had enough to deal with, with Neutropenia after first session.
I did have lots of WBC boosters as well, which one side effect is hair loss. So between the OXI, 5FU and growth factors my hair didn't stand much of a chance.
However it does come back, as after dropping OXI at treatment 7 my hair has come back with vigor and starting to fill in with new follicles.
I understand your wanting to distant yourself from the cancer story, but it has now become a part of you and will be forever.
It's part of your story and by embracing and accepting the circumstances you might feel loads better than trying to push it away.
Just do what you got to do to rid yourself of the disease one step at a time and eventually, hopefully, you'll be disease free and happy.
Whenever I started to feel bad about my condition, I thought of all the elderly people in chemo and how devastating and how much more difficult it was for them than myself.
There is loads of cancer stuff to take care of from here on out. Even dealing with insurance etc.. I really thought about the elderly and wondered how much harder it must be on them.
3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
Granix given, Now Zarxio treatments every session.
Treatment 7 reduced to 75% OXI
Treatment 8 - NO OXI, just Luke and 5FU here on out.
Current - 10 treatments done, LOW RBC