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Fabulous Silk Scarves for Chemotherapy Patients

Updated on August 25, 2015

When you learn you have a possibly life-threatening illness, you soon discover how many levels of your life are affected. You find yourself coping not only directly with the fears engendered by the disease, but also by the tremendously disagreeable prospect of dealing with chemotherapy. One aspect particularly has an effect upon women. While the actual physical characteristics and side effects are worrisome, of greater impact is the psychological and emotional consequences related to the demise of their hair. Of apparent inconsequence when the process begins, it takes on a life and a devastating magnitude of its own. The disappearance of the simplest thatch of hair upon the top of head or that magnificent mass of curls will reduce a woman to tears at the loss of her femininity and create an increasing sense of vulnerability

A natural reaction is to cover the head in a scarf. This acts not so much as to conceal the illness but to hide the effects. With a scarf draped over the bare skull, the affected women feel more feminine. A scarf also indicates their own unique fashion sense, reflecting their style.  While, traditionally, this fashion statement may not have been a choice in the past, it becomes a surprisingly effective tool. Women are amazed at how a simple scarf can produce so many looks, accentuate or even alter their look, simply and efficiently with grace and élan. The result – many women continue to wear and use headscarves long after their hair has grown back and chemotherapy is a bad dream.

The reason is simple. Scarves, particularly hand-painted and hand-dyed silk scarves, can give the wearer more than skull coverage. The 100% silk scarves provide the greatest variety and are the most versatile. The fabric flows gently across the skin providing warmth when needed, or defeating the heat. Moreover, the fabric ties in neat, small knots beneath the chin, barely visible, or, in the case of longer swathes, can be draped around the head, before doing a single wrap around the neck ending in the ends flowing gracefully behind.

The sensuous luxury of hand designed and painted silk scarves appeal to the senses. Women undergoing chemotherapy appreciate the fabric, its riot of colors, sizes, shapes and patterns. During this time of duress, women like to feel special, pampered and beautiful. Silk scarves can accomplish this inexpensively, with style and elegance.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I will be sure to link back to you - wonderful article. I love Hermes silk scarves - every girl needs a vice. Scarves are so functional - this is a wonderful and kind Hub. You are a terrific writer.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Fabulous Silk Scarves for Chemotherapy Patients seem to a very beautiful way to feel pretty again in the face of a brutal therapy schedule. The colors, and I would imagine, the feel of these would lift the lowest of spirits to greater highs. Nice job here.