Losing eyelashes and eyebrows to breast cancer treatment can be an emotional blow for women on MyBCTeam. For many, the loss of their eyelashes and eyebrows was a shock. “It's a strange feeling losing not just your hair on your head, but everywhere, which wasn't explained! Even eyelashes!” one member wrote. Another member shared, “I freaked out more about eyelashes and eyebrows than I did about my hair.”
Losing lashes and brows can impact MyBCTeam members’ self-confidence. “I may be 68 but I need to feel good about how I look, and that includes lashes,” one member wrote.
Many members opt for eyeliner, false lashes, and eyebrow pencil during treatment or as they wait for their eyelashes and eyebrows to grow back. “I have two or three really long eyelashes on each eye 😩,” one member explained. “I have a graduation party to go to, and I’m going to see a lot of people. I’m going to have to get fake eyelashes.”
MyBCTeam members rejoice when their eyelashes and eyebrows begin to return, even if the regrowth phase can be awkward. “My eyebrows are coming back now with a hairy vengeance - starting to look like two brown fuzzy caterpillars,” one member reported.
Another warned her fellow MyBCTeam members that eyelash regrowth can feel strange: “Do not be surprised when it is a bit uncomfortable when the lashes come in. For a little while, it felt like something was always in my eye. The stubble sort of pokes at you. Once they grow a bit longer it goes away.”
Eyelash and eyebrow regrowth after breast cancer treatment varies from person to person. “My eyelashes came back quicker than anything!!” one member shared, while another noted, “My lashes never came back fully. It has been over two years.”
No matter the state of their eyelashes or eyebrows, members encourage each other not to get down on themselves. “YES, you ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!” one member reassured her fellow MyBCTeam members. “Even with your bald head, no eyelashes or eyebrows, those dark circles under your eyes, and that strange yellowish tint to your skin.”
On MyBCTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with breast cancer, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Eyelashes and eyebrows are some of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about eyelashes and eyebrows:
Here is a question-and-answer thread about eyelashes and eyebrows:
Can you relate? How did you deal with losing your eyelashes and eyebrows? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on MyBCTeam.