A patient I saw in clinic; a gorgeous natural beauty she was. She was young, in her 30s, with cancer- who at the end of our meeting pulled me close... and showed me what she used to look like a year ago.
A picture that showed a confident woman, who knew she was beautiful and unafraid to show it. Only now, that belief in herself had vanished. Her self-esteem robbed, because of her own belief that she was now unattractive, because of the medications we gave her and its side effects. But to me, when I first walked in to that room, all I thought to myself was how beautiful she was with big eyes, long raven hair, beautiful facial features, and with such a sweet smile.
Yes, the medications we gave her, did cause some fluid retention and swelling, but the benefits of the medications far outweighed the side effects.The medications were necessary.
I said to her, looking straight into her eyes, "I am looking at a woman in front of my very eyes, who is beautiful."
"You are beautiful, both inside and out. And I am telling you exactly as how I see you. And don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise"
She looked at me with tears welled up. I held on strong, and I repeated exactly what I said. Then I added, "You are a fighter. You need to know that health is your priority, and that if you don't have health; there is no point in looking gorgeous. You need to take care of yourself; and beat this". Then, I squeezed her hands.
You know how they say that people believe what you tell them when you yourself believe in what you say. And that was how I felt.
Health is everything.Without it, you don't have quality of life.
And personally, I've always felt that a person is beautiful when they have inner happiness and it shines right through. On their radiant face, in the sparkle of their eyes and in the curve of their smile.
Now that's something :)
Lots of love,