Leslie's Diary: Wednesday, Jan. 31
SAN ANTONIO - I can't believe it! Tomorrow is my last chemo treatment!
It's a day that I'm both dreading and looking forward to. I just pray that this one is as easy as the last one and not like the two before it.
I remember the apprehension going for the first treatment -- the feeling that the end would never come. Yet it has. It's here, and I survived it. OK -- not yet -- but almost!
I don't think my eyelashes will survive the next treatment.
They're pretty thin now -- a few stragglers are hanging on. I've started wearing fake eyelashes on the air. They look pretty good, but it's an art form learning how to put them on.
I'm paranoid that one will come halfway off during the news. I look at Steve Spriester about 20 times a night and ask, "How are my lashes?" He looks, and says "They're fine, fine, don't worry."
He jokingly said that "If one falls off, I'll give you code words during the news, like 'lashing out' or 'coming unglued.'" Everyone's a comedian. (So far, no code words during the show though!).
My eyebrows look like they'll make it. A few have fallen out, but they're not super-thin, so I don't think I'll lose them all. What does it matter anyway, right? It will all start growing back in about a month because MY LAST CHEMO IS TOMORROW!
Speaking of hair, I've decided to do it. I am going to anchor without my wig!
I have received hundreds of e-mails, and I'm grateful for each one. Thank you so much for all the feedback -- good and bad.
Most of it has been really positive and encouraging. A handful have discouraged me from doing it, mostly out of fear that I will leave people with that impression of me -- bald!
But that's one of the reasons why I'm doing it. I don't want people to fear what I look like bald or think I should hide it or be ashamed of it. So, like I said, I'm going to do it.
My series will air next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday will be the story of my diagnosis and surgery, Thursday will be the story of my first chemo treatment and Friday will be the story on my hair loss.
Steve will start the show alone and anchor the hard news top stories. And then he'll introduce me.
I'll join him on the set for my story bald and anchor the rest of the show without my wig.
I decided that if I want to do it, I'd better do it soon, because my hair will start growing back in a few weeks. YIPPEE! I'm sure I'll catch some flak for it, but I think the importance of the message far outweighs any criticism that I will receive.
Wish me luck. The next time I write, I will be through with my chemo!
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