About Rachel

My name is Rachel. Professionally, I am a consultant, employed full time. When I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer, my doctor told me I needed chemotherapy immediately. In our conversation I was shocked to learn that I would lose my hair due to the taxel drug! Along with the drug information my doctor provided, he included a brochure and said "in case you want to keep your hair, you might try this!"

For me there was no question!

As a licensed beautician for many years I could not imagine how any woman would not want to save their hair. I definitely wanted to keep mine!

I decided to live my life as close to normal as possible. It was my goal to continue working full time without informing my clients. As a very private person, my hair loss would send a signal for all to see! This was simply unacceptable to me and if there were a viable option or solution, I had to discover it. I shared my medical situation with only my co-workers, friends and family out of state.

After reading the brochure, a dear friend and I researched the information on ice caps and dry ice. To our amazement there were no "detailed expected results" from using them either online or with my doctor.

To preserve my self esteem, I decided to go ahead and give the ice caps my best effort! I documented my response weekly and had fabulous results!

After 18 treatments of chemo and surgery in January including anesthetic, my hair is still thick and healthy. The ice cap therapy kept me from becoming overwhelmingly depressed. It also allowed me to function in my public life as well, and maintain my image professionally. The ice caps gave me hope and kept me positive daily!

 

Rachel's Progression Through Chemo and NOT Losing Her Hair

After 1st Chemo Treatment
After 3rd Chemo Treatment
After Shampooing - Strainer After 3rd Chemo Treatment
After 4th Chemo Treatment
After Shampooing - Strainer After 5th Chemo Treatment
After 7th Chemo Treament
After Shampooing - Strainer After 7th Chemo Treatment
After 8th Chemo Treatment
After Shampooing - Strainer After 8th Chemo Treatment
After 14th Chemo Treatment
After 15th Chemo Treatment
After Shampooing - Strainer After 15th Chemo Treatment
After 16th Chemo Treatment
After Surgery & Back to Chemo
After Shampooing - Strainer After 17th Chemo Treatment

This picture shows how happy my doctor, oncology nurse and I are, that on my 18th chemo day, I'm finally ringing the bell! This is a ritual that everyone who is going through chemo looks forward to doing, on their last day.

“I’m not Just a Survivor, But a Thriver!”

Why Did I Thrive?

In addition to my wonderful medical team, friends, family and co-workers showered me with their constant prayers, acts of kindness, and encouragement! I will always treasure this love and support I felt from everyone that enabled me to THRIVE!

My dear friend, Lynn, accompanied me to every doctor consultation and took notes to journal my recovery.

In spite of my medical team, friends, family and co-workers, I can’t imagine how I would have dealt with my medical treatment if I’d lost my hair. I’m so very grateful every day for the ice cap treatments and keeping my hair.

As a result, I am motivated to be an advocate of the ice cap therapy process and educate women regarding this option available to them, too!

I read these words on my doctor’s office wall the day I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. They have become important to me and I want to share them with you:

What Cancer Cannot Do,
Cancer is so limited…

It cannot cripple Love.
It cannot shatter Hope.
It cannot corrode Faith.
It cannot destroy Peace.
It cannot kill Friendship.
It cannot suppress Memories.
It cannot silence Courage.
It cannot invade the Soul.
It cannot steal Eternal Life.
It cannot conquer the Spirit.
Author unknown

Sincerely,