“I’ve grown to love your bald head,” Todd told me in passing today.

I replied that he had become used to it after seeing it so often for five months. When I’m at home, I don’t put on a wig or hat unless I’m cold. I go commando a lot at home, and if the weather stays this hot, I may start going commando on the street.

triple-negative breast cancer, bald women going commando

So far, I’ve felt comfortable baring my head only when nobody is looking. I’m no Xeni Jardin.

I told Todd I worried that my hair might never grow back. It was thinning before my diagnosis; maybe the chemo just finished off those valiant but malnourished hair follicles.

“You’d be edgy,” he suggested.

“But I wouldn’t be Beth with beautiful hair,” I said, getting teary-eyed. (We’re talking Beth circa 1992 here.)

edgy women, bald women flaunt it, going commando

I was surprised when he told me he wished he had beautiful hair. When I met Todd, his hair, although thick and curly, was already receding, and he had always told me he was used to it. But perhaps not completely.

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  1. Sybil June 22, 2012 at 6:03 am - Reply

    You know Beth, you have always had such beautiful bone structure with your face–its shows up even more in these photos.

  2. Beth Partin June 22, 2012 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Thanks. You know, when I see pictures like this, I always think, “Should human ears be set higher?” They always seem so low.