Much loved television anchor Robin Roberts bravely made an appearance on Good Morning America today to announce that she would be returning to her job after battling a rare blood disorder with bone marrow transplants and chemo, which caused her hair to fall out.
After discovering that she had MDS, or Myelodysplastic Syndrome, the anchor was lucky to find a “virtually perfect” match for a bone marrow transplant from her sister and, happily, her last bone marrow test showed no abnormalities.
A visibly emotional Roberts appeared on the much-watched morning television show in a striking fuchsia blouse, looking radiant as she announced: “I can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair. I’m coming home.”
Talking about preparing for her return, Roberts commented: “Next week, my doctors have me doing what I’m calling a dry run. I’ll get up, go to the studio. I’ll have makeup and hair. Well, makeup. We’ll talk about the hair later.”
The anchor hopes to return some time in February, and no doubt America will be thrilled to have her back and in full health. Her brave appearance without a head covering or wig is part of a positive trend of women choosing to bear their hair loss with pride as a sign of fighting disease. MTV star Diem Brown’s hair loss was bravely documented as a video diary by the 28 year old as she fought ovarian cancer for the second time, and both women will hope to inspire others to feel more comfortable with their bare head.
Sought After Style
Of course, not all women experiencing hair loss feel as able to go without a wig or head covering, and there are many wonderful charities and small companies that cater to this need. Women seeking stylish and comfortable hats will want to check out Hats 4 Heads, whilst Bold Beanies also caters to women looking for a way to keep their head cozy. In certain circumstances wigs are free on the NHS for cancer patients, visit the Cancer Research website for more details. The charity My New Hair is also worth looking at: a network of UK hairstylists who provide a wig styling service for women who have lost their hair.
Frustratingly there is no clinically proven way to stop hair loss from chemotherapy, though hair should begin to grow back when the treatment has finished. There has been talk recently of cooling the scalp during the chemo in order to prevent hair loss, however doctors have raised concerns that keeping the chemo chemicals away from the head could increase the risk of cancers in that region. If you’re regrowing hair from chemo but still struggling to return it to its optimum condition months after the treatment has finished, it might be that you’re now experiencing female pattern hair loss. This genetic condition has no cure, but by using the clinically proven hair loss medication minoxidil as part of a tailored treatment plan, many women are able to grow hair back.