Hail the nails! Sing praise that they are saved!
As a woman, we are so critical of ourselves and our bodies. We usually wave off compliments and often complain about our bodies. And I am no exception. I try not to compare or complain and I find it easy to compliment others. But there are things about my look I might consider changing it given then chance…just being honest, you know you have felt that way too.
However, my nails never fell in that category. Now I never went around bragging about them. But my nails have always been strong and healthy, as well as a good shape and length. I once read that peanut butter helped strengthen them, which would make sense, since I loved PB&J as a child!
Chemo attacks fast growing cells…your hair…your nails. NO! Not my nails.
The thought of my nails becoming detached and falling off was frightening. Having a finger or two without a nail just sounded painful. So I researched ways to prevent this from happening. The only suggestion was to ice your nails during chemo.
I was keeping my cuticles moist and as healthy as possible, but after two chemo treatments, I could see them the new growth of the nail darkening. So in came the ice. My treatment angels would fill up zip lock bags of ice and I would place them on my toenails and fingernails.
And it worked! Well the doctors and nurses said there is no scientific proof that it worked, but my nails are almost grown out from the chemo sessions and they are still intact! The dark spots, did turn to white, I think unattached from the nail bed. My two index fingers are pretty sensitive, but the growth behind the white spot is healthy, so they did not lift off the beds.
You can see from the pictures how they look under my polish. So I will keep polish on until the white area is gone.