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(Mirror.co.uk)   When breast cancer and chemotherapy leaves you bald, what better way to pass the time while beating it than photographing yourself with your hair growing back day-by-day   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 59
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2014-01-16 01:30:50 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: SecretAgentWoman: Why oh why do people straighten such lovely, curly hair?

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Why do you think that'sa troll? It's pretty common for women with great curls to straighten their hair. My wife does that. And it seems like lots of women with straight hair wish it was curly. I don't get it.

/chemo curls already explained
 
2014-01-16 01:35:41 PM  

stuhayes2010: Actually subby, it's just the chemo that causes hair loss.


Alopecia, scissors and fire can also cause hair loss.
 
2014-01-16 02:53:07 PM  

Baron Krelve: Occam's Nailfile: I'll ask for my window seat first, however...

Why is she "brave" for not dying of cancer?  Totally awesome that she didn't die, but that doesn't mean she's brave.  She could be a stark raving coont for all we know.  Or maybe a super nice lady, but a total and complete coward who has an obsession with taking selfies.

I dunno, I just always thought the word "brave" should be reserved for people who do voluntarily put themselves in harm's way for others.  Not so sure time lapse photography qualifies.

/having a bad day today clearly

You do not require a window seat to hell, you are one of the very few people in this thread who are looking at this rationally. There is nothing brave about getting sick. Getting treatment is purely an act of self-preservation. People do not battle cancer. Getting sick does not make someone a hero.


You both need to spend some time in a cancer ward.  When my sister was in and out for almost a year, she NEVER complained, she never asked WHY ME, in fact she went through seven kinds of chemo to try to stay on the planet to raise her 3 year old daughter.  She went through procedures worthy of a Steven King novel and never shed a tear.  When her roommate was told that she had inoperable brain cancer and had six months to live at age 23, her response was "at least I don't have to worry about that retirement plan now".   There was a guy down the hall who had his legs removed and knew that he would spend the rest of his life pissin and shiating into a bag and he chose to live for his kids instead of giving up.  If that isn't BRAVE what is?  Are all people who have cancer automatically brave, no, of course not.  But a hell of a lot of them DEFINE the word brave.  So until you get there yourself or have someone close to you go through it, you might want to reserve judgement.
 
2014-01-16 03:33:04 PM  

Baron Krelve: Occam's Nailfile: I'll ask for my window seat first, however...

Why is she "brave" for not dying of cancer?  Totally awesome that she didn't die, but that doesn't mean she's brave.  She could be a stark raving coont for all we know.  Or maybe a super nice lady, but a total and complete coward who has an obsession with taking selfies.

I dunno, I just always thought the word "brave" should be reserved for people who do voluntarily put themselves in harm's way for others.  Not so sure time lapse photography qualifies.

/having a bad day today clearly

You do not require a window seat to hell, you are one of the very few people in this thread who are looking at this rationally. There is nothing brave about getting sick. Getting treatment is purely an act of self-preservation. People do not battle cancer. Getting sick does not make someone a hero.


I'd say putting photos of yourself, bald and sick, up on the Internet for you people to comment on requires some degree of bravery, though not necessarily intelligence.

/good for her, srsly
 
2014-01-16 04:12:32 PM  

crzybtch: When my sister was in and out for almost a year, she NEVER complained, she never asked WHY ME


Amongst many women I met fighting breast cancer, two stood out:

1) One had cancer come back and was now metastatic (that's pretty much a death sentence).  When asked if she had anything else she wanted to say or talk about, she began a conversation about how lucky she felt to be at this major medical center and have been given an extra 10 years, whereas the women back in the clinic where she was first diagnosed heard "months left to live" and probably died shortly thereafter.  She just heard she was going to die and her first thought was about how lucky she was.

2) The conversation with another woman with an advanced cancer:
Are you married?
Yep, 30+ years now.
Well, you're here alone for this, where is your husband today?
Oh he's at a care facility, he has Alzheimer's.  He can't be out or do things on his own.
Oh, I'm so sorry.
Oh, don't be, he doesn't care, he doesn't know -- he's incredibly happy.

I lol'd and had a sad at the same time.  She has every reason to hate the world or give up or anything and she's cracking jokes and looking at the bright side.

crzybtch: So until you get there yourself or have someone close to you go through it, you might want to reserve judgement.


I think that's the key.  It wasn't until I actually spent time seeing, meeting and talking with cancer patients first hand that I began to understand.  Before that, I would have posted the same thing those other people here are.
 
2014-01-16 05:23:42 PM  
lennavan:

I think that's the key.  It wasn't until I actually spent time seeing, meeting and talking with cancer patients first hand that I began to understand.  Before that, I would have posted the same thing those other people here are.

Yeah, I still have nightmares about some of the stuff I saw at the cancer center and it has been 5+ years.  Hollywood makes you think it is not that bad and in reality it is a brutal disease.  My sister suffered in so many ways, some unnecessary because of doctor's incompetence and some just because of the horrible nature of the disease and the nasty side effects of chemo.  You really cannot imagine what it is like unless you have been thrown into the situation.  I truly would not wish cancer on my worst enemy.
 
2014-01-16 06:32:19 PM  

Misconduc: Occam's Nailfile: I'll ask for my window seat first, however...

Why is she "brave" for not dying of cancer?  Totally awesome that she didn't die, but that doesn't mean she's brave.  She could be a stark raving coont for all we know.  Or maybe a super nice lady, but a total and complete coward who has an obsession with taking selfies.

I dunno, I just always thought the word "brave" should be reserved for people who do voluntarily put themselves in harm's way for others.  Not so sure time lapse photography qualifies.

/having a bad day today clearly

You really need to have cancer to understand this, my wife for example was convinced "stage 4 breast cancer" and the fact it "traveled" slight to her lungs etc that she was going to die, she was convinced of it.
Her a year ago and her now are two totally different people, she's alive and vibrant. I'm sure most cancer survivors will tell you it takes a tough soul and a brave person to face death and get through it.

Honestly it took more of a wreck on me, then it did her if anything would of happened to her I would of ended up committing suicide because I don't see a world without her.


Nice to hear I'm not the only breast cancer husband who handled it worse than my wife did. She had, beat it, moved on, and is just one of those things in the past to get on with for my wife. For me, I gave up a rather lucrative career in IT when she got it and am just about to graduate nursing school. After her cancer, computer stuff just seemed like a waste of time for me and I really wanted to do something with my life so I will start taking care of other people once this spring comes around and couldn't be happier about it.
\go give your wife a big hug for me!
 
2014-01-16 06:36:45 PM  

elchupacabra: Head Bling, post chemo (or almost ending, I forget which).


You look beautiful!
 
2014-01-16 09:51:22 PM  
Nice to hear I'm not the only breast cancer husband who handled it worse than my wife did. She had, beat it, moved on, and is just one of those things in the past to get on with for my wife.

Yeah, well. I had a mother who was everything to me, in hindsight, except I was an asshole teenager at the peak of trying to rid myself of the oppression of parental control when my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

She had it. Didn't beat it.  And it left me a bit Farked up for a while, or forever.  She was the one who rationally convinced me that tobacco and alcohol were not good - but when she died, after I'd been extra asshole to her, I frickin' lit and smoked half a pack of cigs for the first time in my life (thanks sis, that's where they went!) crying the whole time.  "Free" from her guidance, I got right into the alcy-haul too.  And now I'm a Farker.
 
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