Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Beauty is fleeting. Beauty is fleeting. Beauty. Is. Fleeting.
Beauty. I have learned over the last few days that we, as humans of the Earth, seem to put our self worth in some pretty funny things. Our clothes, the shoes that we wear, our social status, and media. But most of all (and especially for women) we find our self worth in our appearance. 26 hours ago I shaved my head. Cut every last hair that remainedafter days of it falling out, into a small little buzz of fuzz on my scalp. A scalp that I had never remembered being able to see, due to the pounds of hair on my head. Ladies, listen up. This might sound crazy…but I wish every single one of your beautiful faces had the opportunity to look in the mirror at yourself without hair. To truly look into your own eyes and say “I am beautifully made, my outward appearance does not define me, others do no define me, and I am loved.” You are so loved by a God who knows exactly how many hairs you have on your head, and still smiles at you when that number has become 0. He smiles in an overwhelming admiration at you!!! Because he is a Father of unconditional love and he knows you were crafted exactly the way you should be. Hair is something that we let define us on the outside of our bodies, when we should be praising one another for the beauty that lies within.
I am currently headed back to Houston and one of my new favorite places, Texas Children’s. Tomorrow I will head to the Out-Patient Cancer Center early in the morning for a full day of activity. After talking with Dr. Dreyer, my Port (the activation site of my infusions from here on out) will be placed, and I will officially begin Day 1 of Round 2. Round 2!! What a crazy thing to see typed and to think about. Round 2 means progress and one month down! I will spend the next three days in Houston and willbe receiving infusions on Day 1, 2, and 3. I am praying for strength in moments of weakness and frustration. I am so thankful for the many days of being in high spirits and good health over the last week. Though starting Round 2 may mean new challenges, I am ready to face them head on.
A couple of prayer requests for my next few days in Houston: The successful placement of my port, Minimal side effects of chemotherapy, and smooth transitions into Round 2 as a whole. Please pray for sunny days and for the doctors, nurse, and hospital staff of Texas Children’s. I feel good today. Things are good. Life is good. Today is good. Bald is Beautiful.