It makes the private public

I did lose my hair. That actually bothered me a lot more than I thought it would. A lot of what's going on with the chemotherapy is on the inside. This is very visible. When you start combing your hair and big hunks of it comes out, its a real visible thing that makes the private public. It's noticeable. A lot of women wear wigs. I tried a couple of wigs on, but I just didn't feel comfortable in them and so I wore scarves the whole time that I didn't have hair. But it's still visible. When a woman wears scarves all the time everywhere, people figure it out pretty quickly. And so I felt conspicuous. I felt that something that I didn't necessarily want everyone to know was out there.

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