Sunday, April 19, 2009

To answer your question...

Hardly a week passes without me either talking to someone or hearing about someone who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Y'all it doesn't get any easier. Each time I hear the news, my heart sinks. I feel so burdened for them, regardless of the specifics of their situations, because I know exactly how they feel. The panic. The unknown. The fear of what's to come. Appointments, screenings, tests, consultations, surgeries, chemotherapy, wig shopping. I know. I've been there.

Last week, I had the privilege of talking with a lady who has just started chemo. She had her first treatment a week ago. So far, she's doing great! But, just like me, no matter how well you feel after that first treatment, there is a huge burden in not knowing when your hair is going to fall out. It's so stressful. I really can't even describe the feeling.

And, as a little side note, never tell someone who is likely facing hair loss that they may not lose their hair. I can't even tell you the number of people who said to me, "Well, you may not even lose your hair. I know someone who didn't." At the time, the patient doesn't give a hoot about who you know or what happened to them. The reality of chemo is that most women (especially) lose their hair.

So, today, here's my tribute to these women. Those who are about to lose their hair, those who have already lost it. It doesn't make it any easier to hear about other women who have lost their hair, but somehow, someway, for me it made easier to SEE those women.

And, to answer the most common question that people ask me - Yes, my hair is starting to grow back. Praise God! He has taught me so much just through the simple act of losing my hair. Thank you, Lord, for your lessons of truth!









(Please bear with me as I post a lot of pictures. I'm trying to figure out how to get the best quality BIG pictures. I'm sick of the itty bitty ones, and I'm having to play around with the html coding.)

16 comments:

Jana said...

I'm so glad you got your hands dirty in the HTML to make your photos larger, because these are incredibly beautiful.

the undomesticated wife said...

I think you look absolutely beautiful, hair or not! ((hugs))

Crystal said...

You look lovely!

erinkern said...

Lovely.

Di said...

Lindsey, I just love you. You are so inspirational and just plain amazing! I love your new blog design as well. Very cool!!!

super tweak said...

You are so beautiful inside and out. Your empathetic heart shines so bright. Thank you for sharing your journey, it has inspired so many and I'm sure will continue to help those who find themselves dealing with breast cancer. You are amazing.

God bless!
M

Sweet Simplicity said...

These are great pictures! You are going to have to tell me how you got your pictures to be so big!

Anonymous said...

These photos are unbelievably moving. I feel like I just walked through an art gallery. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsey said...

You look gorgeous!!!

LOVE the new layout!

Anonymous said...

I have never felt compelled to leave a comment on somebody's blog before but after seeing today's post I decided I would.
I found your blog through a friend's website and I have been reading about your cancer journey since last year. My mom too is a cancer survivor.
Your blog about your family and home life is so inspiring and wonderful.
Keep the faith and I will enjoy continuing to read your posts and all your wonderful photos. God Bless

Michele said...

Oh Lindsey ~ you're so beautiful! And I'm so glad your pics are bigger, I don't like those little ones either!

Hugz,
Michele

mckenziegordon said...

just speechless! and teary. WOW!!!

podso said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful. And to think that God has numbered and knows about each and every hair on (or off of ) our heads.

Bee said...

Simply beautiful.

meg duerksen said...

girl you are gorgeous!
you are brave.
you are strong.
it's so evident in this post!

thanks for putting it all out there!

love your doggie pics above too. sweet puppies.

Liz said...

You're so beautiful!