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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Never Give Up

I met this gorgeous and inspiring woman on my way to a shoot for a special project I am working on. I asked if I could take her photograph and explained what I do with Advanced Style.Her friend told me that Norma had been treated for lymphoma, and  that she looked wonderful and dressed up no matter what, even in the hospital. I asked Norma to share her story with everyone, so that we can all be inspired to never give up. Check out Norma's inspirational words below:

"My name is Norma Zaremby and I am 63 years old.  I worked in advertising for many years, lost my job in 2003 and then went to work for Bergdorf Goodman.Unfortunately in July 2009 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma and the only way to try to save my life was a bone marrow transplant, which I received in September 2010.  I was given the bone marrow of a young male donor who I did not know, but who was gracious enough to try and help me.  I haven't had hair since 2009 and there are many side effects to the transplant, but I have never let my appearance change.  I never have a bad hair day--I just wrap my head with different scarves.  I taught myself how and have quite a collection. My motto is "never let them see you sweat." Maybe I can be an inspiration to other women who are battling cancer and maybe we can help others."

42 comments:

déjà pseu said...

What a gorgeous and truly inspiring woman!

Milandailyphoto said...

i want that style!!!

Zoé said...

Another example of how important it is never to give up - and I love these pretty scarves she has used along with the charming earrings. An inspiring woman and I think the motton 'Never let them see you sweat' is one which many people could live by.

Joni James said...

I admire the way you hang in there with style Norma! You're already inspiring and helping many I'm sure. You look lovely and vibrant!

VertigoKris said...

She is inspiring! :) great post as always

Absolutely Mrs. K said...

wow, gorgeous post! she is 63? she looks amazing! amazing words and let me tell you: this lady has some skills, she knows how to handle a scarf! so fabulous to hear these words, she looks amazing and i admire her! hope these words will help some people

monica said...

Thought you were a young40ish woman. Your attitude is So right. You are winning the battle.x x

Rachel K.R. said...

Very cool lady. Thank you Norma.

laviolette said...

beautiful smile!

Nevena said...

Great post!




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My Moodbook said...

Having a mother age 61 that is figthing bown marrow cancer and who has had a bone marrow transplantation and a lot of hard kemo this is just making my eyes blurry. I think Norma looks so stunning and I am sure she would rock any look, with or with out covering up her bold head, as she has a beautiful glow just like my mother. I wish Norma all the best in her figth against cancer and hope she keeps up that magic glow and sense of style - Heidi

Forest City Fashionista said...

Bravo Norma!

Little-Hat said...

Beautiful lady, and beautiful lesson! Her eyes are especially gorgeous: there's so much life in them!

xoxox
theefface.blogspot.com

A Well Styled Life said...

A brave and beautiful woman with great style!

Brant said...

You are beautiful Norma and have inspired me today with your words. Blessings of the world for you.

Lauren@Styleseer said...

She is an inspiration not only to other women fighting cancer, but to all of us. I especially love the thought about not having a bad hair day!

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Ari- All of your ladies are fashionable. This time I see the most important accessory of all...

....a twinkle in the eye!

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Bravo for her! What a wonderful inspiration for all of us! Maybe she could get together with "the countess of glamour" and swap hat and turban tips!

Rosemary the Shopper said...

How lovely and how brave Norma is. She truly is an example of living life to its full, despite the present circumstances. Hats off to her (no pun intended)

Cheers from England,
Rosemary from
foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

matylda said...

She is so adorable. Looks stunnig. :)

Faygie Fellig said...

what strength. beautiful woman...

Jualferx said...

Bella!

gigiofca said...

She's radiant and very inspiring!

Anonymous said...

You are really inspiring. I will forever remember how chic you are as I navigate through the health system. Thank you so much.

Daphne said...

Fabulous and inspiring; best wishes to Norma!

The Sun Queen said...

It's hard sometimes to dress well it's true but it always makes me feel at least 25% better when I wear some red-lipstick or a bow on ponytail. She is SUCH a testament to that. Thanks for sharing her story!

<3,
♕B

The Style Crone said...

Norma is gorgeous in her unique headwrap and polka dot scarf. I love the resilience and beauty of the motto, 'I never have a bad hair day.' Truly inspiring and unforgettable!

Rosalyn's Space said...

How do we love and support this wonderful woman...I also have a Friend in the hospital who in fighting the cancer fight had her leg amputated and she is in rehab...I hold all of you brave ladies in love and light...what an inspiration..

Nan said...

Oh my what a gorgeous and inspiring woman she is.

Jude Butterfly said...

God bless you for profiling this gorgeous woman. She is a doll.
Love to you both.~~~~>:<

Oonagh said...

Wow. Stunning and inspirational lady. Than you, Norma.

Lilibeth said...

What an amazing lady, and what an inspiration...

Dea said...

Thank you for sharing and all the best for you, Norma!

Lynne97060 said...

Best wishes from Oregon, Norma -- love the bright lipstick!

The Dutch Lady of Fashion said...

This beautiful lady will be on my thoughts and prayers.

Inspirational for sure!

Nora Fab said...

Bravo Norma! You are a strong, inspirational woman! A real role model.

Nora

http://notenora.blogspot.com

Lindsey said...

She looks amazingly gorgeous, and fashionable too. I love her scarf and lipstick!

-Lindsey
Et tu, tutu?

Terri said...

I love the story she told--and your photo of her (noticing her on the street) is PROOF that she is succeeding!

BarbaraDoone said...

Ari: Norma reminds me so much of a long lost friend of mine - she had style and she the stuff that Norma is made of. Tell Norma her motto should be revised to "Never let them see you sweat, but always let them see you sweet!". Norma is sweet and fabulous! Your website is great, Ari, thank you for filling a grand void in the fashion arena!

Anonymous said...

You have a beautful kind face Norma and no one would guess you have suffered so much. Thank you for sharing your story..you have helped many by doing so..Carpe Diem!
Janet x

ELLEN NATTER said...

August 13th,2012 11:53AM....To my best friend, Norma, whom I have shared my life with since our children were babies. You are my inspiration every day for waking up.You know you will beat this because you have always beat to a different drummer. STYLE AND WISDOM WITH A CAPTIAL A. LOVE YOU, ELLEN

Travelista.. said...

Wow so inspiring!!! great strength, beautiful smile

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