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Stephanie.

Location: USA
Cancer type: Breast
Drug type: Taxol
Hair type: Curly, thick

"It allowed me some normalcy, but most of all it allowed me privacy. I was able to talk to people and not have to reveal that I was sick or in treatment unless I chose to. I was really overwhelmed when I was diagnosed. I was so young to have breast cancer and I have two young kids. I particularly didn’t want to scare them and tried to shield them from as much as I could and Paxman helped me be able to do that."

My diagnosis was Stage 1, HER 2+, right breast, my chemo started in April 2020. My oncologist suggested scalp cooling when he explained my chemo regimen. I had no idea that Paxman even existed.

I was really nervous about getting the cap on correctly. I spent a lot of time watching the videos that Paxman produced and I found the Facebook group which was so unbelievably helpful. It was comforting to see all the tips and tricks the women there shared. Especially because I could talk to women with the same hair texture. Because I started treatment during the peak of the pandemic I couldn’t bring anyone with me to help me get it on. My nurse Myra was so wonderful helping me get it on and secured correctly. The first 15 minutes were intense but after that I hardly noticed the cold.

During Treatment

After Treatment

After Treatment

After Treatment

My nurse would use medical tape and wrap it around any area that looked like it had bubbled. I also used a tip from the Facebook group where I used an exercise band over the crown area and sat on the ends in order to get a super tight fit. I also used moleskin on the chin strap for added comfort and that was really helpful.

I did continue to shed a bit for a few weeks after treatment, but it was overall thinning and only slightly more than pre-treatment. I lost a bit more around my hairline, but it still wasn’t noticeable to anyone but me. I waited 6 weeks after treatment before blow drying and continued to use the Paxman shampoo and conditioner before switching to my typical hair care products. I waited almost 6 months to dye my hair. I also switched to a silk pillow case and silk scrunchies.

I had to go to a CVS Minute Clinic for an ear infection shortly after I finished treatment. The NP there realized I had recently finished chemo and told me that she was a breast cancer survivor. I told her I had been on Taxol and she said “But you have hair! And it’s thick!” I ended up giving her info on Paxman to pass on to a friend who had recently been diagnosed.

I’m so grateful to have been able to keep most of my hair. It felt like a lot when I first started but I got used to it quickly. It allowed me some normalcy, but most of all it allowed me privacy. I was able to talk to people and not have to reveal that I was sick or in treatment unless I chose to. I was really overwhelmed when I was diagnosed. I was so young to have breast cancer and I have two young kids. I particularly didn’t want to scare them and tried to shield them from as much as I could and Paxman helped me be able to do that.

 

"I would love to thank my nurse Myra. She was there with me every week. I wasn’t able to bring anyone with me to treatment because of the pandemic and she was there every week to help me get my cap on and take care of me. I’m so appreciative of how wonderful she has been. She was truly surrogate family this last year. I'd like to thank Pat and Janet, my mother and father in law who made cold capping possible for me. Your support through this all has been amazing. I’d also really love to thank my husband Tom. His love and support this year has just been above and beyond. I don’t know how I would have survived without him. He’s been my absolute rock. "

 
 

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