Thursday, September 17, 2009

All is Not Vanity

I recently heard an interview with Michael J. Fox. "Vanity is the first to go," he explained as he struggled to control his body.

With cancer, I discovered that (at least for me), vanity was the last to go.

I was reminded of this when I found this photo in my archives the other day.



I'm working out with my theraband during round three of Hyper CVAD at the City of Hope. Note the "chemo clothes" (not a hospital gown), silk scarf and lipstick under the mask.

I feel the most beautiful when I'm strong and energetic, but when chemo or cancer or illness robs us of these qualities, we have to work to find other ways to feel vibrant.

Cancer and treatment now seem like a light year ago, illness from EOS a century ago.



After my springtime bout with EOS run amok and pneumonia, I'm once again working on regaining strength and stamina. I started talking about it nearly a year ago, but now I can say "I'm a runner." You might recognize me. I'm the one in the cute clothes and lipstick.


NOTE: A few weeks ago, I received an email from someone about beauty and the suggestion that I interview a breast cancer survivor. I'm sorry that I accidentally erased the email, but, if you are reading this, could you please resend the information?

8 comments:

pasadenaadjacent said...

I just got off the phone with my sister as she headed into the parking garage at scripts. She's probably getting plugged into her IV while I type. (she has a port). This is the start of round three for her. She's vain too. Three wigs and one is pink.

Susan C said...

Those ports are a god-send.

And three cheers for the three wigs. Now I regret that I didn't have a pink wig.

Ronni Gordon said...

I was like you. Unless I felt too sick, I tried to always get "dressed" in a T-shirt and yoga pants. It made me feel better. Revisited the older post; love the way you write about running. Good for you! I put on my running shoes every day and although I have increased my walking, I can't run yet. I've tried from tree to tree, but my legs have no spring. Hope to follow in your footsteps soon.

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Barbara Roth said...

You have always been beautiful. You could take this photo and make a poster of it. I would buy it and use it for inspiration on the days I am feeling sorry for myself when i have nothing really important to feel sorry about. Glad you are doing so well

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