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I got a haircut to celebrate my penultimate chemo.

My hairdresser came to the house and gave me a haircut yesterday. I love that about Mexico, servicio a domicilio. I haven’t had my haircut since October and it was getting that attractive look between a cue tip and a dandelion unless I put coconut oil on it.

When people haven’t seen me for awhile, they always peer at me and say in what sounds like an accusing manner to me,”You look pretty good.” Sometimes they follow that up with, “How come you haven’t lost your hair?”  I always want to be a wise acre and say,”Yeah but you should have seen me last week!”. The truth is that I am taking a light course of chemo and Dr Bastarrachea had assured me that I wouldn’t be losing my hair. In actuality, around chemo number 3 my hair did start to fall out. I was leaving bigger wads of hair in the shower but nothing like what my friends who have had chemo have experienced.

After chemo number four, I found that I was shedding a lot of hair. Dr B explained that it was accumulate effects of the chemo that was accelerating hair loss.  Apparently, not all  hair grows equally fast. Chemo attacks fast growing cells and in woman it’s head hair, men lose facial hair first then head hair.

The evening after chemo 5, the penultimate chemo, I love that word. Just one more to go! Anyway, I went to bed at 3pm because the benadryl and other stuff in the pre-chemo drip totally zonks me out every time. When I woke up at 6:30pm I idly passed my hand through my hair, to settle down the bed head. A wad of hair came out! I did this for about five minutes until I decided I wasn’t helping matters any. Funny thing is the hair that is coming out is the white hairs; my hope is that they grow back black instead of white. If you know differently, don’t tell me.

My solution to the problem was to get a haircut. I still have plenty of hair, but it doesn’t feel like as much is falling out when it’s shorter. Now a little ditty inspired by my experience. You will recognize the tune.

Theresa’s Hair is Falling Out

Theresa’s hair is falling out,
Falling out.
Theresa’s hair is falling out,
But. Only. A. Little.

Like a cat who sees the vet
sees the vet
Like a cat who sees the vet
She. Is. Shedding

Four chemos added up
added up
Four chemos added up
Let’s.See. What, Five. Does.

Lucky for her, she has a lot
has a lot
Lucky for her she has a lot
So. She’s. Not. Balding.

Maybe it will come back black.
 come back black
Maybe it will come back black.
Mostly. Gray. Is. Dropping

Theresa’s hair is falling out,
Falling out.
Theresa’s hair is falling out,
But. Only. A. Little.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Theresa, it’s been a good while since I’ve read your blog. Today I saw a link to yours on another page and was very happy to see you are still blogging. I see I need to get caught up! I wanted to say I love your hairstyle on your profile picture. It’s cute and sexy!

    • Hi Nancy,
      That was a great cut, right now I am growing my hair out. The hair that fell out grew back pure white and straight! Right now I am embracing my inner eccentric and trying out some fantasy colors.


  2. Hola Theresa! loved the ditty, and here’s another verse: “hair or no hair, you’re a card, sassy smart, such a card / Sending fond and best regards to you, fair lady!”

  3. another verse for your ditty: “hair or no hair, you’re a card, sassy smart, such a card / Sending fond and best regards to you, fair lady!”

    • Thanks Minshap,

      I have been having a tough time this go round, so I am so happy that it’s almost over. Next Wednesday is the last one! Hip hip huzzah.

      I have ideas for lots of posts just no energy to actualize them, I need to hire a ghostwriter but I have no money to pay them. Oh, I know, I can hire an intern, maybe they will pay me for the privilege?


  4. Hi Theresa,

    Somehow, in between working full time, grad school, and taking care of the nephews, I missed your cancer saga. So glad to see the upbeat attitude, one of the keys to survival. You rock!

    • Hi Rita,
      Grad school? I have been out of touch with what’s going with you too! How cool. I know you will do well.

      My attitude is the only thing I have control over, so I can’t let it go bad. You know what I mean, you just keep your eye on the immediate and let the rest sort it self out. I am in the best possible position for this part of my journey. I have enough savings to pay for my treatment, I don’t have a job to worry about and most importantly I have an awesome and supportive husband and group of friends.


  5. Good morning Theresa,
    I ran across your site while looking for ExPats in Merida. My partner & I are planning on a move to Merida or someplace in the Yucatan & would like to meet some of you who live there and know the ins & outs of living in Mexico.
    You caught my eye & heart.
    Your talent, your strength & wonderful sense of humor are what caught me.

    I have been in this life…A writer, photographer, graphic designer, editor, & publisher. Then I have been & still am….a mother of 4, grandmother of 4 & Great Grandmother of 5.

    I retired from being a Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist & Counselor about 10 years ago. Now I am a Full Time RVer and Camp Host in Payson AZ. At the end of our camping season in October, we plan on coming to Merida for a month to research & get a feel for the Yucatan.

    I am an Artist, & make Polymer Clay beads that I then make into Jewelry. This keeps me busy & my creative juices flowing. Gardening, natural foods, music, reading & travel are a few of my interests.

    I am hoping that we will have an opportunity to meet while we are in Mexico this fall.

    Be well and know you are in my thoughts & meditations.

    • Hi Beverly,
      I love polymer clay, it’s such a fun medium. I have seen some breathtaking jewelry made out of it. In Merida, I can only think of one place to buy it, so you might want to bring a supply with you. Merida is a great place for artists and writers IMO. You will love it.
      Sounds like you are like me, interested in everything creative. I hope we run into each other too.

  6. You obviously haven’t lost your sense of humor, which is a GOOD thing! Hang in there, girl! Penultimate Chemo!!! Woo Hoo!!!


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we admire the fact that you’re still blogging through it all.

    • Kim,
      There are two things that no one can take from you, knowledge and your sense of humor. Okay, chemo brain can do a number on the knowledge part, but humor me on the analogy.

      Yeah, the herceptin will continue until November but it doesn’t have the same side effects as chemo since it’s job is different.


  7. I bet you look real cute. I wish you well.

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