Lori, your hair is inspiration to us all. I am so glad your shedding has stopped! Shedding is upsetting no matter how thick your hair is but your braid is still so thick and I am sure those baby hairs will catch up in no time
As for the bangs, I am in a similar situation. I like how they frame my face but they realllllly annoy me most of the time as they are always in the way. Bobby pins save my life. I think I will be happier with them when I can tuck them behind my ear and get them to stay there. I think the bangs look lovely on you but if they are too much hassle for you, you might be happier without them.
You could grow them out, see how you prefer it and if you miss them too much, well it isnt hard to cut them back in
Wishing you many happy hair days