Tracie Cone has always been a trailblazer. This award-winning journalist is the former California Newspaper Executive of the Year. She shares a Pulitzer Prize with fellow staff members at the Miami Herald for coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew and has twice been nominated individually. She has focused her writing on helping the underdog and empowering those without a strong voice of their own. Now she takes us on the fight of her life.
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Hair Today!

A fine, temporary layer of baby hair is starting to grow! I'll take it.

Let there be hair, but only in the places I want it!

The signs that chemo is dissipating in my body are upon us, and it was first revealed in the peach fuzz of fine baby hair now sprouting over my head.

This photo I managed with my computer is the first I’ve seen of it, though I have been rubbing it for a week. It’s dark! Yay. But that doesn’t mean the real stuff will be when it displaces this temporary coiffure in early spring.

(They say my new hair will be coarse and curly and could come in a different color. I’m thinking that color might include a lot of gray.)

Head on the hair means hair is also starting to reappear in other places, unfortunately. The only up side to all I’ve endured was the surprising arrival of a chemo-induced Brazilian (no offense Julianna, my Rio friend), now showing signs of subsiding. Not having to shave my legs for the past seven months has been a nice departure, not that I would have been able to manage anyway.

But most of the hair is on my head, where this fine layer still isn’t near enough to keep me warm.

But having baby hair is a sign that my rebirth is upon us. The new and improved me is emerging after a laborious ordeal.

I can’t wait to see where this life leads me.

3 Responses to “Hair Today!”

  • Abi's BF:

    OK OK….I see lots of new growth but I have grown so accustomed to your cute baldness !!!!!!!! Congratulations Pal !!!
    Abis BFF

  • Joanne Holder:

    Hi Tracie!!! What a wonderful blog you have written here. Thank you for sharing it with me. I’m one of the gals in Fresno that zip in and out of there (gray haired pony tailed lady). I feel priviledged to have met you. I am a lucky and grateful recipient of trial studies that ladies and men like you have the courage and fortitude to participate in. Luckily, I have only a couple more weeks of radiation, then I start an estrogen blocking pill (Tamoxifen Citrate 1) and regular visits to Dr. Perkins. I caught my lump through self examination in the shower. I always felt silly in the past, feeling myself up in the shower (ha ha), but thank god I do it regularly. I am going to survive this, and increase my support of all “pink” events in the future. You are my inspiration. God Bless you. I have shared you link on my Facebook account, I hope you don’t mind. See you Monday!!
    Your friend, Joanne

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