Let’s Do This

Today is Dad’s second chemo treatment. I took the day off work to spend some time with him (and work on the crazy mess of a new house we’ve created for ourselves).

The other big news is that typically chemo patients’ hair starts to go after the second treatment, but Dad is special and started seeing his flowing locks falling out sooner than most, so he pulled the trigger. That’s right, he’s a baldy. Don’t worry too much, so far the iconic mustache is still in tact, but they say all hair will go. I asked the doctor why that was. Cancer is essentially fast cell growth. Chemo is designed to attack all cell growth; it doesn’t discriminate between cancerous cells and non-cancerous cells. But they (scientists) have been able to refine chemo slightly to strongly attack fast cell growth, and what do you know… hair is also a fast-growing cell. So there you go, your minor science lesson for the day.

I’ll post a photo of sir baldness later and give you a update on how his second treatment went. Keep the positive energy flowing.


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  1. Tom Smith says:

    Thanks so much for doing this blog and for being such a wonderful daughter and inspiration to your Dad. Please give our best to the BEAR and know that we are ready, willing, and able to do whatever he (and your family) needs. We’ll stay in touch and of course get frequesnt updates from Gary, Matt & Lisa. Thank you again, and know that Bear and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom (and Sheri)

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