Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

by Friday, October 18th, 2013Breast Cancer43 comments

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when my hair started coming out. I thought that maybe Mark and I could tackle it on our own with a pair of clippers borrowed from my sister Marianne. Then last week I received a phone call from my sister Kim who works as a nail technician at a salon. She told me that her boss wanted to offer me a complementary head shaving. I told her we might just do it on our own. After further thought, Mark said it may be best to leave it in the hands of a professional, seeing that neither of us has ever used a set of clippers before and that he wouldn’t want to take a chance nicking my scalp. I thought that was a good idea and made an appointment to have my head shaved by Joni Haarbauer, owner of The Hair Co. in Kenosha.

I made the appointment for three days after my second treatment. which was given this past Monday. We wanted to make sure I had enough time to deal with whatever side effects I might have. This worked out perfectly because my hair started coming out a little on Sunday, and by Thursday it was very frustrating trying to deal with it.

I didn’t have much trepidation with any of this. I might have been a slight bit nervous when we left the house, but that could also have been the effect of the steroids that I took earlier in the day. Now, a day later, without my hair, I feel very liberated, and it’s less of a hassle dealing with the mess.

I just received a package in the mail today from my friend Sheri, who is a fellow breast cancer patient. She sent me a whole bunch of beautiful scarves that she used to use and wanted to pass along to me. I look forward to wearing them with all sorts of outfits. There are so many different colors and styles to choose from.



43 Comments
  1. Mark Dyer

    You look beautiful, hair is overrated anyways, glad you’re doing well, love you!!

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Aww Mark you are so sweet. You have been rock’n bald for so long, thanks for making me feel welcome. :)

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  2. Michelle Dyer

    I love you both. I’m so glad you have each-other. :) You look beautiful! Great shaped head and my Mark can help you with a trim if you want! Prayers still being said. BIG KISS & HUG

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Yeah I might have to have Mark help me with my stubble.

      I love you guys!

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  3. Sue

    that happened to my sister – when her hair started falling out from her cancer treatments she received a box in the mail from one of her friends and it was full of scarves and hats and some books – with it there was a note in the box that in essence said when you no longer needs these please pass them along to someone who does – bless you, Amy

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Sue – It’s sad to think of the next woman who will be wearing these scarves. I can only feel the healing being passed along.

      Thank you for your blessings.

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  4. Marilyn

    So, I only know of you & Mark because of Steve & Janet Dahl and that’s a unique community, I realize, but thank you for sharing this personal moment – you are my new Amazing Amy. I wish you nothing but the best on this journey you didn’t choose. Good Luck & Best Wishes

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Thanks for the warm wishes Marilyn.

      Not sure if I am so amazing. I just feel the need to tell my story.

      Take care.

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  5. Betty Jo

    Stay strong, you are beautiful!

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Thanks Betty Jo.

      I hope to see you next time you are in town.

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  6. Karen Fleming

    Amy, Kevin and I just watched your video. YOU LOOK GREAT!! Holy crap Amy! I know you always dress nice and look like a million bucks but you really look beautiful!!! You and I talked on the phone on my way home from work and you told me about all this, but seeing it adds a new dimension. Kevin and I warmed up dinner and I couldn’t wait to see the new you..so thanks for sharing your life. Kevin said these exact words as he watched the video “She’s way cuter than Sinead O’Connor” (we both thought Sinead was adorable when she shaved her head years ago). You have pretty ears Amy!! You have to share this with little Zoey. Ok I just had to tell you how beautiful you look and the scarf your friend sent is perfect!

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Oh you both are so sweet. I know I was thinking about Zoey this morning when I looked at my self in the mirror.

      I should have been wearing the T-shirt she saw me in last so she knows who I am. :)

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  7. Pat Gac

    I too only know you through Steve and Janet. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Thanks Pat.

      The Dahl community is truly a special one. :)

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  8. Julia Matthews

    Beautiful!

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  9. tami manton

    Amy, you are a true inspiration! Way to kick cancer’s ass!

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  10. Chris

    Amy you continue to amaze me with your positive attitude and smile no matter what. Your beauty shines through w or w/o hair! What a journey you’re on. I also was thinking of the next woman you’ll pass the scarves to. I think the bright colors say a lot about how you survivors feel about your journey. Prayers and blessings.

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  11. Cindy Sklansky

    Well you did it hair all gone. It does feel liberating. Massage is the way to go. I did it through my chemo and it felt good. Hope u are feeling well and I can see you next week to show you the pics of the modeling. The hat looks great on you as does the scarf. I wish I had that when I was going through it. Hope you feel well keep in touch.

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Cindy I could have used a massage yesterday. Very achy across my upper back.

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  12. Linda Surratt

    Amy, not many people can pull off that look, but you ROCK it! You were my inspiration to go back to WW and get healthy again, thanks honey! be well and keep up that positive attitude

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Go Linda!!!! I am so happy that you are back on track. :)

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  13. Maria

    Amy you are so friggin’ CUTE!! Cute with hair. Cute without. And really cute with the scarf! I must say, it brings out your dimples. How nice of Sheri to send the scarves and Joni & Kim to help with your new look. Keep smiling. Your positivity is infectious and inspiring.

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Maria It’s really been a lot of fun trying on all the different hats and scarves. I have a new look every hour or so. :)

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  14. Amy Evans

    Wow! Way to rock the bald head. It actually looks good. I feel like you should go get some tattoos and call it a day. You look really cool bald. Good head shape and of course it doesn’t hurt to have that pretty face of yours.
    So inspiring! Love you girl.

    P.S. the kids love your videos. They always ask if there’s a new one up. Brooke says you look pretty.

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    • Amy Czerniec

      yeah I suppose I could give a few temporary tattoos a try.

      Brooke is so sweet.

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  15. Donna Flannery

    Amy, You are totally amazing!! You look beautiful . It’s so wonderful to see all the great support from family and friends.

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Thanks Donna – The love and support of family and friends has meant so much. It really brings me strength.

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  16. lynn erickson

    Man, you are so pretty! Inside and out, love you. Thanks for sharing your story and demystifying your experience a bit with all of us.

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Thank you so much for following my progress. I love hearing from all of my great dear friends and family.

      I love you.

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  17. Mark Seter

    Amy – Mark forwarded me your blog, and I just read through some of your recent posts and viewed a couple videos. You are poised, focused, knowledge seeking and full of grace. In my mind all the key items needed after having the privilege to participate in my sister’s journey.

    Thank you for inviting us in, and all the best during the next steps of the journey!

    Mark Seter (had to put the last name – so many Marks on the blog!!

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Mark thanks for the kind words.

      It’s really nice to hear from you.

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  18. Colette Grissom

    Katie and I just watched this video. I say, “Hello, GI Amy! You look BEAUTIFUL! Love the hat you wore in the car, too! Wow! Very, very cute. Can’t say I EVER looked that good (with or without hair). Love you!” Katie says, “You look awesome! How is Uncle Mark standing on the other side, if the camera is on this side? My mom says, maybe it will come back curly. I think you both are very brave. :)”

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Colette you are always beautiful.

      Katie uncle Mark had two cameras, one was sitting off to the side. He is pretty talented isn’t he?

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      • Katie

        :) :) We are happy you got our comment. :) Uncle Mark is talented. :) :) I am going to be the tooth fairy for Halloween. :) I am going to have a blue and pink wig. :) Maybe you can borrow it, :) I also am going to have purple and pink eyelashes. :) And I will have a tooth wand :) My mom is going to paint my face with teeth. :) I am also going to wear a dress. :) I am going to be busy. :) I am going to a Halloween party. :) Then im going Trick or Treating with my dad. :) Then im going Trick or Treating with Aunt Karen and Uncle Kevin on Halloween night :) Aunt Karen sad she is brining my frind Max BIG HUG and KISS LOVE YOU :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) And I miss you :) :) :) :) :)

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        • Amy Czerniec

          Katie I love hearing from you. I was talking to aunt Karen earlier and heard you were going to be a tooth fairy. I like the idea of your costume. Maybe I will take you up on borrowing the wig. :) Have fun at your party and don’t eat too much candy.

          I love you too and miss you. Hugs and kisses back to you. {{{{}}}}

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  19. Katie

    HUGS and KISSES back to you always :) I was just doing my homework. We always do math for homework :) Sometimes we do spelling and sometimes we do science. Today we did math :) How is Uncle Mark? :) My mom called me to watch a show called Survivor.She was watching becase Aunt Maria was watching. I LOVE YOU :)

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Katie I bet you are good at math. Is math the test that your mom told me about you getting all but one answer correct on?

      Uncle Mark is good. He is busy working all the time and playing guitar. :)

      We don’t watch Survivor, I know aunt Maria watches it every season.

      Love,
      Aunt Amy

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  20. Peter Genet

    We need to send you some green and black caps so you can go in and look all GI Jane and get military discounts and have some people ask you where you fought in the wars, glad your energy is up Karen tells me your running! Keep it up, all 26 mile races start with 3 mile training runs!

    Peter

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Thanks for the words of encouragement Peter. No running today, just up for brisk walking.

      I went out today for the first time with just a cap. Not too many people stared. I guess GI Jane is kind of how I felt. :)

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  21. Angela

    Goodness! Amy you are gorgeous! Beautiful inside and out. Thanks for sharing this journey!

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    • Amy Czerniec

      Angela thanks for caring and following along with me. :)

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