When Rita had her first chemotherapy treatment, she was told that her hair would begin to fall out on day 14. As it turned out, she began to see hair thinning several days sooner than expected. Whether that had anything to do with her infection, round-the-clock iv antibiotics, and additional shots to increase her white blood cell count, I don’t know. For whatever reason, out her hair came. Of course, she was blessed with LOTS of hair so it wasn’t evident to me when I headed over there to photograph the hair cutting. Choosing to be rid of hair on her terms, she asked four of us plus her friend and stylist to come to a hair undo party. I arrived with camera and lighting, tripods, light stands, and cords not knowing what to expect. I had not seen her since before her stint in the hospital. When I arrived, there she was sitting on the couch looking positively radiant. She had her recently washed hair up in a towel and perfectly applied makeup. And, true to form, she was dressed in a very chic and stylish outfit with boots. She is amazing! This hair undoing was not just a shaving of the head. Instead, it was done in staging with style along the way. The images to follow are in order as the hair cut progressed.
Since Rita decided against wearing a scratchy wig, she has been looking for cool hats and scarves. Wow, has she found some great ones. I suppose she may be sick of them by the time her lovely hair grows back. At this point, the new hats are loaded with Rita style and panache! Just check out these out………….
Rita’s second round of chemo was more difficult as the Red Devil builds up in her body. She is very tired from it and it took 9 days for her appetite to return to something reasonably normal. Today is Thursday so her third treatment is due on Monday. That will, of course, depend upon how her blood count looks when they check it. We all continue to pray for Rita to get through this with the least amount of side effects as possible and, of course, a complete cure. As we try to help her, she continues to show us how one can negotiate difficult things in this life with courage and faith that God is guiding each footstep.