My Friend Marianne…

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I met a wonderfully open and lovely woman named Marianne on the whale watching cruise.  She and her husband were in Maui for their 15th wedding anniversary.  She was wearing a scarf and I presumed she’d had breast cancer like me and after awhile I just had to strike up a conversation as I was sweating under my wig and a hat and wishing I’d just gone the scarf route.  It turns out she has alopecia and refuses to wear a wig, instead wearing scarves or going “topless” as she calls it 😉

She is a nurse from Ohio and has gotten very comfortable with her condition. She has lovely tattooed eyebrows and even though her head remains bald, her eyelashes apparently come and go, growing in for a couple of years, then falling out again.  We had a great time talking about cultural differences and women’s feelings about their appearances.  Hi, Marianne!  Thanks for spending time with me…

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  1. She looks beautiful, inside and out.

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  2. She is beautiful and she has a million dollar smile!

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  3. Inner beauty is the best kind. I hope that you’re enjoying your trip, Dee!

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  4. She’s lovely! What a smile!

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  5. Your attitude greatly enhances/detracts the physical circumstances 😍

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  6. She’s a true inspiration. So glad you met her ❤

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  7. Your friend looks beautiful.

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  8. Hi Diane, I hope you are doing well. I’ve got some catching up to do. Your friend looks fabulous. One of my blogger friends has alopecia and she goes with or without her wig depending on how she feels.

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  9. We can take some lessons from this lovely gal. I hope she (and you) are wearing sunscreen…I had a recent brush with melanoma!

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    1. Oh, no, are you okay? They did tell me to be careful about sunscreen after chemo and I always am in Hawaii…

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      1. Aside from a scar on my check (that is healing quite well) I was very fortunate. It was small and contained and didn’t spread. Now, I’m an advocate for sunscreen. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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      2. Oh, I’m glad you are fine! We always use sunscreen!

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  10. We are about what’s inside. And that’s what shows on the outside. She’s glowing! Hope you’re having a blast!! ❤🐳

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    1. Oh, D, so incredibly beautiful here. Maui is just my happy place!

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      1. I was there in 1986. I think it might be time to return 🙂

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  11. She looks great… and happy!

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    1. She seemed very nice and had a great mindset..

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  12. She is beautiful and so are you, in so many ways!

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  13. My friend Donna refused to wear a wig. She had a terminal breast cancer diagnosis about 15 years ago. She has been cancer free for many years and travels a lot. Sending love to you~

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I have just worn scarves her a few times if I’m too hot…

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  14. She looks fun! Love that attitude. Hope y’all are havin’ a fantastic time! 😃

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    1. So great here! Light trade winds, the water is gorgeous and its been low 80s most days…nearly perfect

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      1. Oh man. If I weren’t so happy for you, I’d be jealous as hell! Enjoy! You’ve earned it. 😃

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  15. all of this is beautiful.

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  16. She’s a beautiful woman.

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  17. That is so wonderful, a special appointment scheduled just for you and her. Beautiful.

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  18. What a lovely woman, as are you! I e put brows on many with alopecia. It’s so wonderful to meet people with such positive outlooks. Thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful day. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I’ve met so many lovely people who are dealing with all kinds of things here in the blogosphere.

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  19. The eyelash part is fascinating!

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    1. Isn’t it? I don’t know much about alopecia, but I just assumed it affected all body hair the same.

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  20. She has such a beautiful smile.

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  21. myself suffers from alopecia, i lost all my hair and still now, im lucky to grow my eyebrowns and eyelashes back. i know how she felt i was only 18 when i lost my hair i believe its your body attack the hair follicles itself can be triggered by stress or shock.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that. I didn’t know that eyelashes/eyebrows would grow back and not the hair on your head. I’m hoping mine is temporary from chemo. Lost my bottom lashes but not the top!

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      1. Yea my eye lashes and eyebrowns grew back but my hair is patchy. I remember the time when my eyelashes grew back was a long process tho. I wish you all the best on your chemo.

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