You can often tell a cancer patient by the scarves they might wear to cover their chemo ravished head.
In my case, I had 2 mastectomies, so I wore fluffed up scarves in order to try to appear normal until I was healed enough to wear prosthetics. But, due to 2 separate surgeries and a slow healing process because of the diabetes, full healing took almost a year, so I wore scarves.
While I had no reservations over losing my breasts, particularly as I had the type of cancer that would return, I was still self conscious, after my surgeries ( and..admittedly felt like I'd been punched in the gut, when first confronted with my post-surgical body ). So, it helped whenever I went out, to feel like I was somewhat able to conceal what I was missing with a strategically placed scarf.
I received some very lovely scarves that year for my birthday and Christmas and Mother's day, and these are some of my favourites.
2 of these were given to me by Kelsey ( the lime green, and the striped one beside it ), 2 by Kelsey's future mother-in-law Angela, and one by my very dear friend, Lorraine.
( I have many others - in rich reds and blacks and grays - but I like this bright colour palette, today.)
Fortunately, I never did have to wear the scarves on my head, as the post surgical pathology revealed no cancer in my lymph nodes, which in turn meant no chemo was required. I have been "in remission" since Oct 11, 2008.
I still have to take an anti-cancer drug ( which ironically HAS thinned my hair ) for another 2 and a half years, and won't be officially declared cured until then, if there is no reccurence in the meantime. But since the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes, the chances of that are quite slim.
So, we hang on to that.
In the meantime, I still wear my treasured scarves whenever I want the little extra boost of happiness that wearing bright colours can bring.