Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Bald is Beautiful!
Song of Solomon 1:15
"How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves."
I've always thought Tammy was the most beautiful woman I knew. Today, it was proven.
I got to the hospital after a meeting, just in time to meet with the doctor. He was very pleased with Tammy's progress and encouraged her to keep doing what she was doing to stay healthy. He wants her to eat and drink and move around.
We were laughing at my bald head (I shaved it again this morning) and she said, "It would be funny if I didn't lose my hair." As she said this, she ran her fingers through her hair and came out with a handful of hair. She started crying. It was the realization that she would change, that she had cancer, that her life will be different for months and even years to come. She's been so strong all along, and she just released her emotions. I told her she would be beautiful without hair, but she was still hurting.
The nurse came in and suggested that she have her hair cut short so she wouldn't have to keep seeing the handfuls of hair. She agreed and one of the aids cut her hair.
I was right! She is beautiful without hair! Her beauty was so much more than her hair. Her eyes are still beautiful. Without her hair getting in the way, her facial features stand out even more.
We had one of the nurses take this picture of both of us. (She even makes me look better.)
She's still picking up the mirror quite often just to come to grips with how she looks. She's still amazed at the "new look." As one of her dearest friends said in a text message, "Tammy can really rock the bald look."
On another subject, she is ready for a few visitors. Her parents came by today, as did our senior pastor. Tammy was receptive to that. She is still tired, so she can't be flooded, and she's also limited to two at a time.
If you would like to visit, please call first. It's probably better to try her cell phone (913-908-4795), because it's within easy reach. Just as before, you can't come if you're sick or have been around small children. Please call first and if she doesn't answer, don't come unannounced. Thanks for your understanding.
The nurses are also impressed with the volume of mail she receives every day. They know she is loved by a lot of people. We appreciate those cards very much. Mostly, we appreciate your prayers.