What to do about that hair loss is a primary focus of Hill-Grant's course. She explains, among other things, how to use hats and scarves, cautioning against synthetic materials that "tend to slip right off a bald head."
Also discussed are wig selection, how to replace lost eyelashes and eyebrows, how to adjust makeup when skin becomes dehydrated and sallow as treatment progresses, and how to help dry, peeling fingernails and toenails look healthier. She talks, too, about retaining the skin's moisture, often depleted by the chemotherapy, and suggests how a sound diet and moderate exercise plan can affect well-being.
Her own devotion to exercise, she believes, improved her outlook. "I went to my regular exercise class once a week and I went to an exercise class for senior citizens twice a week," she said. "When I'd go to the regular class, I'd be the worst (in the class). When I'd go to the senior citizen class, I'd be the best."
Hill-Grant also espouses a materialistic philosophy about how to survive the chemotherapy sessions: splurge on whatever helpful items the budget can stand. During her months of treatment, she said she spent $1,000 on a human hair wig and vacationed four days at a posh health spa, adding "When I returned, I had the best chemotherapy session ever."
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