Still Nothin’!

20 02 2011

Don didn't even ask me why I needed him to take a picture of the BACK of my head!

My husband Don and I have decided this matter of hair has a theme. Still nothin’, we say to each other after doing a “hair check” first thing in the morning. He’ll also sing it to me whenever he sees me doing the “little tug” (hey, maybe I should trademark that move or something) to test the strength of my roots. Still nothin’, just the way Jo Dee Messina says it in her hit, My Give a Damn is Busted.

Indeed, my gutsy moved paid off yesterday. Calling and making an appointment for an up-do earlier this week with my stylist Jennifer from The Perfect Image Salon in Belleville didn’t jinx me in the least. In fact, it saved my spot — Jennifer is one busy girl — and not only lifted my tresses, but also my spirits.

Jennifer was shocked when I walked into the salon yesterday. She knew I’d already started chemotherapy treatments.

“I saw your name on my schedule — followed by the notation: “Up-Do,” and I had to look twice,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it!”

Believe it. It’s Sunday morning and I’m closing in fast on that Tuesday if-you-haven’t-lost-your-hair-by-now-you-most-likely-won’t deadline.

The wedding was a beautiful affair, held at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, the same venue where I modeled for the Bras for a Cause Benefit September 18, 2010, and where I’ll be for this year’s Bras for a Cause, September 17, 2011.

The bride, Pamela, and I share something very important in common — we both love the color yellow. Sunshiny, bold, bright yellow. How can you look at the color yellow and be anything but happy?

Pamela has a flair for style and an artistic bent. The centerpieces were jars of all sizes and shapes, collected over the past few months after the final bit of jam or the last pickle, the labels removed, the glass scrubbed. Each was filled with a different variety of yellow flowers. I chose one that had surely once been called home by several dozen baby gherkins, filled with tiny, fragrant flowers whose name I just couldn’t put my finger on.

I set them on my nightstand and drifted off to sleep. This morning, it came to me the moment I opened my eyes. Our room was filled with an enchanting scent.

Honeysuckle. Those delicate, bell-shaped blossoms were Honeysuckle! That’s long been one of my favorite scents for body lotions and bubble bath, but I don’t recall ever having seen it in a bouquet.

I breathed in deeply. It would be just like God to create a flower that’s not only the most perfect color in the universe, but whose scent is nothing short of heavenly.

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson



17 responses

20 02 2011
M.E. Murray

Beautiful do. Beautiful post. If you can’t make a complete remission a reality, I don’t know who can!!
Peace and prayers coming your way.

20 02 2011

Such an uplifting and lovely posting just like you dear Amy!!! Yellow represents light and warmth and makes us smile – just like the little yellow Happy Face stickers!!! Your Golden tresses are lovely too! ( Got a new Spring/rain coat last Fall on sale and can’t wait until it’s warmer to wear it again. You guessed it knock’em out yellow! Great for those cloudy days to come!) Keep Smilin!!!!

20 02 2011

Love the hair up-do! Sounds like you have a wonderful family celebration all weekend!

20 02 2011
Lindsey Parker

Your hair looked fan-didily-tastic last night! Those lovely locks will be there to put up for your “Bras for a Cause” benefit! No doubt about it!-love ya’! And, I’m sending you an “air hug” right now!

20 02 2011

Love the way your hair looked for the wedding. You are right about the honeysuckle. It reminds me of my childhood. The honeysuckle grew all along the fences in countryside of Connecticut. Enjoy the weekend.

By the way, the flowers we planted in front of my office are shades of yellow and orange. Everone else’s are shades of blue, purple and plain greenery. Enjoy your posts. They make me laugh and cry, but in a good way.

— A fan from the BI days

20 02 2011

Yeah for your hair and your up-do was GORGEOUS!!!

20 02 2011
Laurie Horn

Your hair looks beautiful!! I’m with you on the color yellow- you just gotta be happy. Yellow & orange were my mom’s favorites and she had the most wonderful outlook on life. Still “rooting” for you.

20 02 2011
Bob Adams

When you picked me up at the airport and we met in person for the first time, you instructed me to look for “yell-er” fingernails. Boy oh boy, did that ever tell me a lot about you… and never for a moment have I been disappointed. Love you, girlfriend.

20 02 2011
Jennifer Fink

So glad you had a great time at the wedding. Your hair looks beautiful! I’m not the in the midst of chemo, and my hair doesn’t look half that good. 😉

20 02 2011

Ooooh! The back is just as pretty as the front! Heart you!

20 02 2011
Chelsea L.

Lovely! 🙂

20 02 2011

Your hair looked awesome!! Good for you, no great, awesome, wonderful and everything for you!! You go, you shiny yellow burst of sunshine!! I love your enthusiasm and courage!!!! It makes me look at my life and wonder why I can’t be as much as you are and I am not fighting for my life…. something to ponder.

20 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

You make me blush!
Please don’t be so hard on yourself. I bet you would call on reserves of courage and energy you never knew you had — just as I do — in my shoes. But I hope and pray you never find out. May you always be blessed with great health — great everything!

20 02 2011

Beautiful hairdo for a beautiful girl!

20 02 2011

I absolutely LOVE your do!!! Yay on no hair loss yet, and hopefully you’ll make it to Tuesday with no issues!

21 02 2011

Lovely, just lovely. I can almost smell the honeysuckle from here… and your hair was the bomb, love! Just gorgeous!! And Don SINGS TOO!?!?!? The list of amazing things about the Neilsons never really ends, does it?

21 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Of COURSE Don sings, too! Wink! Just wait to see what amazing talents the Neilson crew will reveal when you get here next weekend! Love you!

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