3 Years in the Making…

….and I’m finally back to where I started!! I was looking through old photos from my pre-cancer days and it dawned on me…my hair is officially back to the same length it was before I started chemo…pretty exciting right!

I put one of these videos together about 2 years ago, and this one was even more so exciting for me to watch. I can’t believe how far I’ve come in the last 3 years and it surprised me how hard it was to look back at some of those pictures.

NEW VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED HERE:  http://youtu.be/KxpNhtC8pcM

I was in a really dark and unhappy place in my life coming out of chemo, and I don’t think I noticed it before, but I can definitely see the sadness in my eyes now as I looked back through some of the earlier pictures. I continue to be so grateful for every day of my life since that period of time. Life is so short and precious…you really need to make the most of every day you have.

So for anyone out there that is going through something similar, just keep pushing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel…I’m so appreciative to be an example of that!!

And for all the ladies who’ve mourned the loss of their own long hair because of that crazy, evil beast we call cancer….your hair WILL grow back. It may take 3 years and a lot of awkward hair “phases” to get there, but it will happen! :)

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8 Responses to “3 Years in the Making…”

  1. mary seals

    Nicole you are an inspiration to all of us that are going through cancer treatments. I honestly thought my hair would never grow in after chemo treatments for breast cancer. I am 58 years old and had very long dark hair all my life. I was fortunate that I didn’t have a gray hair and never dyed it in my life. It was very hard to see my hair fall out from the chemo. I am happy to say that it’s growing back nicely the same dark color that it was before. Your blog has been a tremendous help in so many ways Nicole. From chemo to radiation you are very informative, and I appreciate the time you take to post your information online. Your hair is simply gorgeous and you are a beautiful girl! God Bless!

  2. Amanda

    I love you Nicole!! You are so brave and I knew you would be victorious through this!

  3. Amy Larson

    Congratulations to you. I am also a 3 year survivor of breast cancer. We have gone through so much but pushed our way through it to beat it and continue to. Your article took the words right out of my mouth.
    I wish you many more years of being cancer free and good health and happiness.

  4. cilla

    Your blog has encouraged me so much I just finished chemo november 2013 for lymphoma and have missed my hair, I had waist length hair, it was a journey but im soo grateful, im a survivor.email anytime.Cilla

  5. Nicole bills

    Thank you ladies so much!!

  6. Jen Haugen

    I just found your blog and can’t wait to read all about your journey. I have one more chemo left and then will start radiation. I am so bald and love seeing your pictures. I keep asking my husband when I will look like Ellen… The way you write sounds a lot like the emails I have sent to friends. You are inspiring to me.

  7. Debbie

    what an inspiration you are. I am 7 months post chemo for breast cancer. My hair was long like yours and it was amazing to watch your video. Thank you for sharing your story. Hope you are doing well.

  8. Sarah

    I’ve just found your blog because your chemo curls look just like mine, and you carried it off so well. This 3 year picture is so encouraging! I’m almost 1 year from the end of chemo, which I started while I was pregnant! So for your current struggles, I applaud you for your determination, it will be so worth it! I’ve mourned my hair for a long time, and am bitter over my baby not knowing me the way I knew me. But the love of a child cannot be compared, and I now understand that. Whether I was wearing a wig, bald or short curly hair, she knew I was her mama. Hang in there, you beat cancer, you can do anything.

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