December Beaudiva

decbeaudiva_edited-5.jpg Thank you so much for considering me for this honor.  On October 21, 2011, I found a lump in my breast. It was cancer. I was supposed to have a lumpectomy and five days of radiation. Unfortunately, the biopsy of the tumor revealed a progesterone, estrogen and hertz positive tumor that needed to be treated with two rounds of chemo, a year of herceptin and six weeks of radiation.  When my hair began to fall out, I tried a few different styles of wigs. I felt like a child playing dress-up. I also tried a variety of scarves, hats, etc. nothing seemed to reflect me until I tried the beaubeau scarves.  I was “challenged” at tying regular scarves and the beaubeau had the elastic and a scrunchy. I watched the videos how to change the look and…wow…I could do this! Then I looked at the colors, patterns, materials. Neat! I can choose to turn something bad into a chance to accessorize! I could even go swimming with the Swimbeau! Now I have beaubeaus in every color, many of the prints and most of the exercise offerings.  I went through the treatments and expected to have my hair grow back. I had been thinning on top prior to cancer, but now was very bald on top. I was diagnosed with lichen plano pilaris which is a result of the chemo, and alopecia. I am under a dermatologist’s care and have some regrowth but not enough.  I’m blessed to be alive! I’m blessed with my wonderful family! My husband Pat, my daughter Kelsey, and my mother are in the picture below. I am also blessed with amazing friends who never failed to help, from preparing meals when I was so sick, to sending cards, and being my cheer section. I am blessed with my doctors who were always kind and masters in their field.  The beaubeaus are a great blessing in my life. They let me feel a confidence in myself that I had lost when my hair fell out.  Thank you so very much!!!!!  Maureen /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

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