We had a date night! Today was the first time I went out without wearing a hat. I actually felt confident without it. It’s been a long while since I felt confident enough to go out without something covering my head. I didn’t do full makeup (a little eyeshadow and eyeliner and my NEW FAVE lipgloss from @patmcgrathreal “Divine Rose” Lust gloss😍), but I still FELT cute. It’s been too long since I felt cute without wearing a wig. I’ll be happy when I can feel this way all the time without the weight of cancer on my shoulders. Until then, baby steps. ❤️
Born Maria Sklodowska on 7 November 1867 in Warsaw, Poland, she was the youngest of five children of poor school teachers, her mother would die and her farther was unable to support her so she became a governess until her sister offered her lodgings in Paris which would also lead to her studying in the Sorbonne university. She met her husband in 1894, Pierre Curie, and changed her name to the french Marie around the same time. They together would study the invisible rays given off by uranium until Marie discovered the samples of a mineral called pitchblende contained much higher levels of radioactivity than Uranium so was convinced something else was present. First they discovered their new element Polonium (atomic number 84) but then went on to discover radium which was much more radioactive than both uranium and Polonium in 1902 and was awarded the Nobel prize for physics joint with her husband in 1903. Pierre however was killed in a road accident in 1906 but she steamed on gaining another Nobel prize but for chemistry for measuring radioactivity in 1911. During WW1 she developed mobile X-ray machines which could quickly identify fractures bullets and shrapnel and was director of the red cross radiology service. After the war, Marie continued her work as a researcher, teacher and head of a laboratory and received many awards and prizes. Among them were the Ellan Richards Research Prize (1921), the Grand Prix du Marquis d'Argenteuil (1923) and the Cameron Prize from Edinburgh University (1931). She was also the recipient of many honorary degrees from universities around the world. She died on 4th July 1934 due to aplastic pernicious anaemia, a condition she developed after years of exposure to radiation through her work. Her legacy lives on however as she gave her name to a British hospital designed to treat female cancer patients with radiology which was destroyed by a German bomb in 1944 so rather than continue as a hospital, she would now give her name to a charity focussed on caring for those with the terrible disease that is cancer. This is a sort of memorial post to all those loved ones we have lost to cancer and to the great Marie Curie.