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Life is a gift that I open every day. Three years ago I was diagnosed with Stage II Invasive Lobular breast cancer. It was not an easy road & I wouldn’t wish this illness on anyone but through it all I gained not only a better perspective on living but I learned to cherish each and every gift that I’m given.

Three years ago when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive lobular cancer, I was initially stunned. Then came frustration followed by sadness. But I was never angry. It happens. To 1 in 7 of us. Soon I found myself ensconced in a world of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, operations, chemotherapy and radiology. AND hair loss. Now about that hair loss. My first thoughts: Not so bad. Easy to maintain. No need to purchase those expensive grooming products. And no horrible hair days. But once my head was shaved, I looked into the mirror and I didn’t recognize myself.

I tried on every hairpiece, floppy hat & turban that New Orleans had to offer & thought I had scrutinized every cancer cap company on the web.

Thank heavens for CHEMO BEANIES.
Initially I overlooked this website thinking it must be some kind of data base for beanie babies.
Upon second look, I opened their home page and almost cried. Here was exactly what I was looking for but just couldn’t visualize.

Cute, colorful, funky, fanciful, fabulous & fun! All I had to do was slip it on my head and I was ready to seize the day. Chemo Beanies are elasticized and have a precious gathered ruffle in the back. The material is soft but voluminous and structured enough to cover the back of my neck. One of my local drugstores carried them and I scooped up everyone they had.

Believe it or not, I wear them to this day when I’ve got one of those ‘bed head’ mornings.
Soon I will be celebrating my 3rd year cancer-free!

Was there any knowledge that I gained from my breast cancer? Hmm. YES.
I learned I’m much stronger than I thought I was. I learned that pity is just another 4-letter word. I learned to be more compassionate and forgiving of others. I learned to truly “seize the moment” & live my life to the fullest, every single day.

I learned to dance like nobody’s watching. To love like I’ve never been hurt. To sing like nobody’s listening. And to live like it’s heaven on earth.


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