What to Wear to Chemo #13

January 27th, 2011

Photo by Nelson (as seen in mirror)

Vintage 60’s pink faux fur trimmed jacket-NYC flea market; 60’s pink earrings, pink/green vintage silk scarf and pink vintage gloves-estate sales; brown ankle boots-gifted; brown crocheted hat-Xeino; and outfit foundation of jeans and brown turtleneck.

After over two months without chemo because of his elevated liver lab values, Nelson is back in the ‘chair’ with the usual sounds in the ‘not so back’ background.  The most obvious is the rhythmic and persistent sound of the pump which is a component of the delivery system that transports the chemicals into Nelson’s port directly into his circulatory system. And the intermittent beepers unique only to this experience, which indicate that a transparent plastic chemo bag has been depleted, complete this notable symphony.

The decision was made today to resume chemo because Nelson’s cancer markers continue to zoom upward.  Although his liver is “severely inflamed” according to the lab value numbers,  a new chemo cocktail was recommended. We hope that after a few days as Nelson recovers from this chemical infusion/intrusion, he will feel better as the cancer recedes in response to this regime.  I had forgotten the impact of the chemo infusion center and its surroundings.  Our fellow travelers on this journey display varying states of disease progression, age categories, backgrounds and unique visual responses to a similar frightening experience.  It’s easy to feel compassion here!  The magnificent view of the Rocky Mountains from the windows offer visual comfort and contrast to the intensity which surrounds us.  Beauty can be seen from any viewpoint as I allow this panorama to infuse me.  No side effects! No copay!

11 Responses to “What to Wear to Chemo #13”

  1. Judy

    All love to you both.

  2. deja pseu

    Wishing Nelson well with the new treatment.

    You look so lovely in that pink! I’m on the lookout for items in that color range.

  3. SizzleandZoom

    My heart goes out to you and Nelson. I’ve said this before you’re an inspiration to me
    and I love your blog.

  4. Maggie

    Loved your interview on Advanced Style today. Very glad to hear of your meditation practise (I knew there had to be more than hats)!

  5. Rebecca

    I was so pleased to see your interview on Advanced Style today. You are the
    epitome of a stylish icon of ANY age! Hope that Nelson is comfortable after
    today’s treatment.

  6. Terri

    Judith–what a lovely jacket and beautiful colors to brighten the setting even more.

  7. Pam Lutrell

    I loved the segment with you on Advanced Style today…you really are my personal style icon. I hope someday to be slender like you and then i will begin shopping vintage with you in my head. For now, I will pray for you and Nelson. I hope the majesty of the mountains bring him some encouragment and hope!

  8. LindaG

    SC, this is my last stop before bedtime tonight, which has become my frequent habit. If my mettle is ever tested with a similar situation to yours and Nelson’s, I hope to have a fraction of your courage, wisdom, mindfulness (of the spectacular view, even from an infusion room), and style (equally spectacular–oh, that jacket!). You are inspirational on such a profound level, I know it has changed me forever. What fool ever said the internet was a bad thing? You’re in my thoughts. Goodnight.

  9. Donna

    Praying for you and Nelson today…

  10. puncturedbicycle

    That looks like a particularly healing symphony of pinks you’re wearing. Good luck to you both, and good for you for sharing this part of your journey.

  11. Lonnie

    And I love your posts and spirit – you are beautiful – inside and out. Keep it coming!

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