Monday, October 27, 2008

Hope Springs Eternal

An aging woman's last vestige of beauty is her hair.

Through 13 years of battling cancer Elevtheria was adamnant, she would not undergo any therapy which caused hair loss. When the doctor's found cancer in her liver a few months ago she was faced with a stark choice - baldness and hope or certain death in the near future.

My children helped her to make the decision, "Gran what is more important, you having hair or us having you?"

4 months on we awaited test results to see how effective the therapy was being.....

... Lung cancer GONE! Liver cancer reduced in size. We are continuing therapy and maybe we will beat this thing yet.



Akelamalu said...

I have always had a dread of losing my hair but faced with death I'd embrace a wig! So pleased to hear the treatment is working. :)

lime said...

oh i am so glad to hear the good news!

it is probably not the type of music MIL would enjoy but let me quote india arie's song...

i am not my hair
i am not my skin
i am the soul that lives within.

rock the baldness yia yia!

puerileuwaite said...

Whew! I'm SO happy for you! It's so refreshing to hear great news for a change. However, in SOME cases bald is definitely NOT beautiful. Here are 30 examples:

1) Telly Savalas
2) That bald villain from "The Road Warrior"
3) Mikhail Gorbechev
4) The giant from "Time Bandits"
5) Charles Barkley
6) All other bald NBA players
7) Any hairless dog breeds
8) Car tires (especially winter tires)
9) Sinead O'Conner
10) Sigourney Weaver
11) Mr. Clean
12) Mr. Freeze
13) Mr. Met
14) Captain Merrill Stubing from "The Love Boat"
15) Anyone attempting a "comb-over"
16) Peter Gabriel
17) Sean Connery after age 65
18) Gandhi
19) Samuel L. Jackson
20) Dick Cheney
21) Michael Stipe from R.E.M.
22) Daddy Warbucks
23) Lex Luthor
24) Donald Pleasance
25) Multiple Bond villains
26) Mark Messier, NHL Hall-of-Famer
27) Cal Ripken, Jr.
28) Barry Bonds
29) Jeff Garcia
30) Dr. Evil

Travis said...

I'm so glad to hear it! And I must say, a woman in a scarf is as beautiful as a woman with a full head of hair.

flutter said...

This is wonderful news!

Shania said...

What incredible news!

val said...

That is such wonderful news.

And number 1 on my "bald" list is Yul Brynner. What a handsome man he was. Hair ruined him.

Queenie said...

Oh Cathy that is fantastic news, thank you so much for letting us know. Hugs to you all....

BBC said...

An aging woman's last vestige of beauty is her hair.

No, it's her mind. I don't care if Helen's hair is a mess sometimes. I go over there to share her mind with her.

As for the battle for life, we all lose that one. And I'm not going to try to get very old, just have an interesting time meanwhile.

I'm an omnipresent sprint, no point in me trying to keep a worn out body going when a fresh one is better.

Then of course they will teach me more stupid crap again.

Pauline said...

I think I'm back, great news about Gran isn't it! Give her my love.

Mona said...

O Cathy I am so glad about this. Not only the girls but even you have a special place in your heart for her as she has for you. She must love you people a lot to have it in her to fight such a dreaded disease. Its sheer determination & courage on her part , as it is love & care upon yours!

Jocelyn said...

Excellent perspective! I understand the power and protection that hair offers a woman...but who cares if you're dead?

Such terrific news!

ann said...

sorry, I've been off the radar for a while, so it's great to come back here and read such wonderful and positive news... may her recovery go from strength to strength. There are some amazing wigs out there; not like years ago. Take it from a some time frummy girl like me who used to wear a sheitl. If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry LOL

lotsa luv ann xxxxxx

rosiero said...

Thank you for visiting me. I am so sorry to hear about your mother's ill health, but glad she is getting better.

AZZITIZZ said...

Yey for Grandmas!

Pass on my best wishes.


P.S. I have changed my URL to
(Just in case Neeza stunbles upon it!)

Logophile said...

My mom has been bald twice now, and she is still with us.
Bald IS beautiful.