Lori | Georgia
Age: 58
Diagnosis: Stage I, triple-negative breast cancer – biallelic mutation of PALB2 gene
Chemotherapy Regimen: Taxotere & Carboplatin
Total Treatments: 4
Infusion Center: Emory Winship Cancer Institute

Tell us about yourself.
At 59 years old, I was diagnosed with stage one triple-negative breast cancer – an invasive carcinoma of the breast, a biallelic mutation of the PALB2 gene. Forty days after this diagnosis, I underwent a surgical procedure for the removal of the cancerous tissue, leading to a bilateral mastectomy and an oophorectomy. I was also prescribed a treatment of four Carboplatin and Docetaxel infusions.

I am single, never married, and have no children. I am one of 13 children. Of my siblings, I am the only one with a cancer diagnosis and the only one diagnosed with breast cancer.

I lead a healthy lifestyle and I am active in my community. Before I was diagnosed, I worked full time as a remote client service representative for Restoration Hardware. I traveled often and enjoyed Carnival Cruises. I am also a Plant Based Home Cook. I published my first cookbook entitled I Love Lori’s Plant Based Life (available Amazon) which I completed during my recovery.

How did you find out about DigniCap?
My oncologist provided information about DigniCap. I have short, coily hair and I am unable to wear wigs or hair coverings due to scalp sensitivity. After reviewing the DigniCap information, I felt more comfortable about undergoing chemotherapy.

Did you have a successful experience using DigniCap?
My scalp cooling experience was pleasant. Reading and understanding the cap placement was beneficial. With the assistance of nurses who have worked with the cooling cap, we were able to position the cap to obtain maximum connectivity with my scalp. The nurses also help you understand the ‘thawing” process after the completion of the infusions. To stay warm, I used a heated throw during the cold cap treatments.

“In retrospect, I am certain I would have lost most, if not all of my hair had I not used DigniCap.”

I documented my hair loss throughout the process. I would estimate that I lost a total of 30-35% of my hair while using the DigniCap. In retrospect, I am certain I would have lost most, if not all of my hair had I not used the DigniCap. I used gentle and unscented hair products to care for my hair between infusions. I refrained from using oil on my hair on the days I had infusions. I also used distilled water in the spray bottle to moisturize my hair.

It has been 7 months since my last infusion. My hair is growing back and getting thicker every day.

What advice would you give to someone who is going through a similar experience, or who has recently been diagnosed and is considering scalp cooling?
I have and will continue to recommend DigniCap because it works and significantly reduces hair loss. My friends and family were pleasantly surprised that I kept most of my hair. As a woman of color, I did not see many examples of women with my hair style and texture using DigniCap, but it was a wonderful investment that allowed me to keep most of my hair. The subsidy provided made it affordable, especially during the time the medical bills were piling up.

I am currently feeling strong and healthy and patiently awaiting great news from my follow up appointment with my oncologist.

To see Lori talk about her DigniCap experience, Lori on YouTube