"A lady and her shoes...."
Friday, August 27, 2010
There are lots of things that make women feel beautiful, feel special and just plain, feel good... I personally love cards. I love to buy cards, even when there isn't an occasion, but just to have. Especially the ones that make me laugh out loud in the store. I have a large box of cards that I can always go to quickly and pull out just about anything, anytime. But mostly, they are the funny ones. They make me feel good...silly huh? Anyway, my Mom always bought lipstick. She had a million, well maybe not a million, but as a kid, it seemed like that.... tubes of lipstick. It obviously made her feel pretty and good about herself.
Elizabeth T. loves buying and wearing stiletto heels. She said she wears them to chemo...EVERY TIME. "They make me feel pretty and sexy and they're fun." When I asked how many pairs she had... she rolled her eyes and said "too many." Sounds like a fun closet!! The nurses at the Oncology Center were amazed and thrilled with her choice of footwear each week...
Sometimes, the smallest things will make us happy... it doesn't have to be a new, shiny car, or a big house, or a big diamond... think about the people in your life that are struggling, think about how you could make their day a bit brighter with just a small thing... just a thought and a quick call. A silly card with a loving word. A flower left on a desk. A sweet treat when least expected. A gift card to a special place. You never know how you might make someone's day....
Elizabeth is that kind of person. She was trying not only to make her own day at chemo tolerable, but brighten the day of the nurses that were subjecting her to more of the tortuous chemical cocktails. She made them laugh.
A common thread continues to run through the lives of all these women... their faith and their reliance on family and friends for support. "I have another sister with Breast cancer too...it's difficult being separated" by distance. "I wasn't happy about getting the same diagnosis, but happiness is just an emotion that changes every day, but the joy of the Lord is my strength. That doesn't change. He doesn't change. His love doesn't change."
Elizabeth related to me later before leaving the studio... "I really haven't wanted to look in the mirror, but after seeing some of these pictures, I really do feel bold, brave and beautiful. Does everyone feel this good when they leave here?"
Maybe if they're wearing those very cool shoes!!
Labels: bald woman, bald women, Be Bold Feel Beautiful, breast cancer, breast cancer awareness, Non-profit, The Oldham Project
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