Life Through Lipstick Lenses: Angel Skin- A beautiful pinky-nude colored lipstick
If you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s you are familiar with the sitcom ‘Cheers’. The chorus of the theme song of the show went something like this, “Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came….” Well, I never thought that the place where everyone knew my name would be a hospital or doctor’s office, but here I am. I had a PET scan recently and the intake staff as well as the tech knew who I was, asked how I was doing, asked about the family, etc. and then I went to my laryngologist office and I’m not kidding, everyone knew my name from the check-in girl, to a few medical assistants, the check-out girl , and even some of the other doctors in the office.
It’s good and bad. It’s nice to have a place where people know you, have kept up with your health (by the nature of their jobs), and seem genuinely concerned about you. But then again, the bad part is they know my name and they’ve seen me so much because I’ve been sick for so long. I never thought that by the age of 41 I would have a medical chart that could rival a sickly senior citizen and my journey continues on because sadly, the PET scan still showed more cancer.
Well, so what. Hospital, doctor’s office, they still know me and they’re still people who are part of my story. Over the years I have gotten to know some of them and their stories too and it’s been great. Now that I’m getting to know them so well, I can focus on them instead of on me the whole time, we all know why I’m there. Consider that at your next appointment, look them in the eye, and ask about them, it makes the appointments more interesting and helps you realize they are people with their own issues too! Over the trials and tribulations of my health they’ve seen me cry, laugh, and essentially go crazy. I love them.
For them I wear Angel Skin lipstick because of two things, they have been angels along the way, but also because it’s a nude color; they’ve seen me at my most vulnerable. Thank you to all my caregivers, and thank you for knowing my name.
Written by, Anna Warner
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