November 28, 2022


Let your Fashion

How to Run a Marathon and Still Feel Pretty – By Ambassador Kristen

Dear Liked Kinds,

I have been considering about how to update all of you on my chemotherapy treatment plans this summer time, which just so take place to have fallen suitable smack dab in the middle of getting to be a Beth Millner Jewellery ambassador. For a whilst I was not sure if it was the worst timing or the most effective timing when I was picked out, but then I recognized that this is accurately how lifestyle goes: you really do not get to pick the timing of your life’s troubles or your alternatives. You only have management on how you pick out to consider about them, and how or if you make your mind up to act upon them. For instance, I could say that breast cancer is the worst point or the ideal thing which is took place to me, simply because each are accurate. Medical procedures and chemo are not precisely issues that individuals rush to signal up for, but at the exact same time, that’s specifically what it took to discover how several angels I have in my corner and how sort and generous and considerate the world can be. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen battling breast cancer


Now that I’m approaching 7 days 8 of the 12-7 days Chemo Marathon that I hardly ever desired to signal up for, sponsored by the club I’d in no way required to sign up for (breast cancer), I have recognized a personalized truth of the matter: marathons suck. I imply, I’m absolutely sure there’s at least one particular person out there who loves working so much that they look ahead to beating the crap out of their bodies for miles and miles, and that possibly there is some unusual runner’s euphoria I have however to faucet into, but dang! Not gonna lie, it was easier at the commencing when you are at the beginning line and there are a gazillion of your bystander peeps watching you and cheering you on. And I’m absolutely sure there will be just as numerous there waiting around for me to cross the end line. But when you are on mile 8 of 12, and there are not as numerous people today on the sidelines seeing you anymore, your managing will get very unpleasant, and so do your views. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen losing hear from chemo treatment


And talking of that, there is nothing that’ll stir up your notions of elegance and ugliness very like a good round of balding chemo. But then once more, that is the whole stage of this story, a reminder that we have complete management of how we pick out to see a thing, and we can both seize an chance or enable it go us by. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen losing hair from chemo treatment

I don’t know about you, but due to the fact I didn’t program on acquiring all my hair drop out numerous situations in my existence, I figured now was the probability to convert a couple of lemons into lemonade. 

It was a handful of months ago when I was ready to commence pulling all my hair out in clumps, pretty significantly suitable on agenda, all-around “mile 4” in the marathon. I understood that as hard as it was, I’d want to make peace with expressing goodbye to my hair, as “unpretty” as that may well make me truly feel, and I’d experienced a fantastic idea that would distract me adequate to get by means of at least the next few miles. 

I was heading to snicker my way by means of the entire factor, and I was heading to make sure that an individual else benefited from it, as well. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen losing hair from chemo treatments

And that’s just what I did. I went out on social media and told all my buddies that for just about every $20 they donated, that they’d get their names put in a hat for a significant drawing, and that the particular person whose identify was drawn would get the honor of deciding on the style and design that my Mumma would draw on the again of my bald head, at the time I’d shaved off all my hair. The proceeds were being break up equally in between the Delta County Most cancers Alliance and Wildlife Limitless of Delta County. Collectively my angels elevated nearly $2,500 to split among two of my favored charities!

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen with a new short haircut

It took me 3 haircuts this yr to get to my bald canvas. Those of you who realized me 6 months in the past knew that I experienced lengthy hair down to my decreased again, so my hair was a major aspect of my identity. I donated the first foot of it to Children With Hair Loss, so that a person else would be equipped to wear a wig that I was in a position to develop for them myself. I’d finished this as soon as prior to and had made a decision that once my hair reaches a selected length, I’m likely to hold performing this until I’m no lengthier about to hold expanding it. Believe of all the wigs that’ll be out in the earth soon after so numerous several years! Makes me smile. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen having fun with her new hair!

My next haircut celebration was heading from my shortened bob haircut duration to tomboy duration, which was remarkably more challenging than going pool-cue bald. Probably it reminded me of the previous time I’d experienced my hair this short in 2nd quality, a minor child mistook me for a boy, and my psyche by no means recovered. Possibly it is for the reason that I just really don’t assume brief, quick hair is all that flattering on me. Whatever the explanation, I experienced to electric power-smile my way by means of that full 7 days in advance of the serious shave took area, and that gave me a thoroughly clean slate in far more techniques than one particular. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen with a freshly shaved head

Very little suggests “I love you” quite like your good hairdresser mate agreeing to turn you into a bowling ball (I have been advised I have a perfectly spherical head) and your 75-12 months-outdated mom agreeing to attract a little something on the back of your head for charity. And that’s specifically what they did. The gal whose identify experienced been drawn wished a hummingbird and a pink breast most cancers ribbon in the design and style, and thinking about that the canvas was moveable pores and skin lined in a light-weight stubble, I consider my mother genuinely kicked ass on the completed solution! 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen used her bald head from chemo treatments as a canvas for breast cancer awareness art

It is been two weeks operating all-around my corner of the earth with no hair, and the part I have not stated right up until now, due to the fact I have been as well hectic pretending that getting bald is a entire hoot and a hilarious journey, is that oh boy, there are times when I feel sooooooo ugly. I’ve set a several photos of my new model out on social media, and numerous individuals have commented on how lovely I search. But I really do not truly think them. I’m certain that they’re saying it just to make me truly feel better, for the reason that, you know, Mile 8. The element where I’m “ugly running” and persons really don’t have time to sit there on the sidelines and cheer me on each individual next of the working day due to the fact they have their own lives to reside. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen's mom painting her head

I knew without a question that I’d have unsightly times through this marathon. The issue is, even when you know there will be struggles uphill, at times you really don’t see them coming right up until you’re ideal smack dab in the middle of a single. And all you can do is accept the hill, suck it up, buttercup, and continue to keep plodding due to the fact sooner or later the floor will be level all over again. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen during chemo treatment

The magnificence I’ve been equipped to acquire with me on this marathon because the starting is my Beth Millner items. Whether or not I have had very long hair or short hair or no hair, they’ve been with me for the comprehensive marathon, like a talisman defending me from emotion hideous or from emotion like a finish failure. They remind me of so a lot of everyday living classes I want to find out this time all-around. When I head into every single chemo mile marker, I’ve got a unique operate of art accompanying me. A person week it is my bumblebee pedant, reminding me to keep active and to continue to keep relocating. The up coming it may be my heart pendant, reminding me of all the like and aid I’m using with me into each individual of these classes. A different is my butterfly selection, symbolizing the adjustments that I’m going by way of. It’s possible I’m feeling ugly at this stage of my journey because that’s how it’s supposed to go, like how the caterpillar may possibly feel prior to it cocoons. But glance at how I’ll be remodeled at the conclude of this marathon!

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen enjoying life while undergoing cancer treatment

I’m looking ahead to sharing with you my finish line, my transformation, and my story as it continues to unfold. I have always claimed that my purpose is to direct this sort of an unconventional and exciting everyday living so that I’ll have genuinely superior stories to explain to when I’m 100 years old in the nursing residence, and boy, is this calendar year at any time developing! Thank you, my angels and cheerleaders, for inserting yourselves along my marathon route and rooting for me. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Ambassador Kristen enjoying life while undergoing cancer treatment

Coincidentally, subsequent 7 days you could pretty much cheer me on, if you are in the Escanaba-Gladstone region. My partner Todd and godson Noah and I are all “competing” in the MISH mini-triathlon on August 27. Noah will be accomplishing the 3-mile kayak portion, I will be biking 13.5 miles, and Todd will be running the 5k finale. I’m not absolutely sure I’ll be breaking any data for velocity on Saturday, but you can most assuredly depend on me not remaining a quitter. 

Let’s go, Crew G! 

Be content, be perfectly.

Kris G