The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Wiggin’ out


Yeah, so, I am drain free, which means I will be living the dream and taking my first real shower in two weeks.

You can imagine how happy I am. Now imagine how happy mighty, mighty good man David and The Boy are. I must smell terrible. The only one not happy about it is the dog. He probably thinks I smell amazing, because dogs are gross.

During my two weeks of questionable hygiene, my sister Michelle bought me a really great dry shampoo from Target called Toni & Guy, and it really worked. So, if you are in the market for a dry shampoo, I highly recommend it.

Speaking of hair, I am starting chemotherapy on Friday, March 6. I met with my oncologist on Tuesday, and we went over the plan, and it sounds great. I kid. It sounds terrible. But, I know I can do this. Like I said, I’m cancer free. This is a preventive measure, so I’m walking into chemo ahead of the game.

During our discussion, the doctor recommended I take a chemotherapy class that the hospital offers – a kind of “what to expecting when you’re getting chemo” class.

Doctor: “Friends and family can attend the class as well.” *gestures to David*

David: “Will there be punch and pie?”

Doctor: “I don’t think there is food.”

David: “Then I’m not going.”

I also made sure to ask the really important questions.

Me: “Can I have a beer while I’m doing chemo?”

Doctor: “I’m sorry, but no drinking.”

Me: “Come on. Really? Reeeeally?”


Doctor: “No hard liquor.”

Me: “I don’t drink hard liquor now, because that always ends in tragedy. I don’t want to bring a beer with me into the chemo treatment. I just want to have a beer with dinner sometimes. Can I do that? Just a little bit.”

Doctor: “A little bit.”

Me: “YES!”

Going through chemo is awful. That’s when we all need a nice glass of wine or a tasty beer the most! Cancer is the fuckin’ worst. Also, I have a podcast to record. Priorities.

The doctor did say I may not have a taste for beer (or food, in general) during chemo. During chemo, it’s not unusual for food to taste “like cardboard,” he warned. Oh good. Chemo sounds like the worst diet ever – almost as bad as Atkins.

Oh, also, I investigated cold caps (or cold cats, as David calls it), and it turns out it’s kinda expensive. I guess keeping your hair during chemo is for people with a lot of dough. I blame the Republican congress for this.

I am not loving the idea of losing my hair. While I can be as insecure as the next person about my face, my weight, etc., I have always thought, “But I have great hair, so I’ve got that going for me.”

However, I am a fun person, who can really rock a wig. So, if you have any wig shop recommendations for me, I would love to hear them, because wigs are in mu future. I will try to get a wig that looks pretty close to the look I currently have, but I will also pick up a couple of different styles, because – seriously – fuck it. Why not? If I’m going to do this, let’s really do this.


The doctor also told me that when my hair grows back, it may grow back different – meaning my straight hair might grow back curly. Some blondes get chemo and their hair grows back brown – stuff like that. My hair is going to grow back gray anyway. I already know that. But it doesn’t matter. I’m going to make my hair look like how I want it to look anyway, which is straight and red. Maybe it will grow back straight and red, you guys! That would be amazing, and I’ll be wondering why I didn’t try chemo sooner.



Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

5 thoughts on “Wiggin’ out

  1. Afriend passed along your post. Last Feb I was diagnosed with tnbc. Five months of chemo made the tumor disappeared but I still had to have surgery and opted for a bilateral Mx in August. I highly recommend Wig n out on Bascom in Campbell. She’ll help you honestly with that wig or two. I got two, one whole head and the other for under a hat. Lots of buff style scarves and some long ones that I found dirt cheap on Amazon. Schedule an appointment with Pam (?)at The Industry in Palo Alto to shave your head for free when it starts falling out. Chemo is very cyclical and you know when you’ll feel like crap, sleep, not sleep, and be able to have a beer. You can pm me for more info if you want.

  2. You look amazing with blue hair. I am not even kidding. I wish I looked that good with my regular hair!

    I think this was my favorite part:
    Doctor: “I don’t think there is food.”
    David: “Then I’m not going.”

    Also: I would LOVE to go wig shopping! Ladies Day Out?

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  4. I LOVE your sense of humor! I am a sister survivor. I did NOT need chemo or radiation. I DID have a bilateral mastectomy. If you are looking for some benefits of being boobless jokes, let me know!

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