Zelda Wise

Zelda Wise

About Zelda:

Zelda was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 times! Twice she had a lumpectomy followed by radiation but the third time she decided to have a bilateral mastectomy. She wanted to get rid of the last pieces so she would not have to go through a fourth diagnosis and surgery. She did not do reconstruction because “my husband does not care if I look different, I will just let the next husband worry about how I look. (This is in jest of course)”. Zelda was living in Houston, Texas at the time of her third breast cancer experience. She feels very fortunate to have been able to be treated at MD Anderson. She volunteered as a Pink Lady in the breast center there before moving to Milwaukee. Zelda chose to get involved with Rare Chair Affair because she hopes that someday there will be help to “end all of these events”. She has confidence that the research being done will lead to a cure “sooner than later.” Zelda is a volunteer with ABCD and is currently mentoring a woman who she “knows will have success as she goes forward”.

Zelda’s Chair: “Lacing It Up”

My favorite color, purple, is the dominant color of my chair, “Lacing it Up.” But that is not the only reason for my choosing the color. Purple is also the color of royalty. I believe that women from the past and women of today are like royalty, regal in how they meet adversity with their heads held high. Regal in how they move through life touching so many hearts and minds.

Likewise, the use of lace reflects the regal woman and what women do and how they do it. Women’s actions come not only from the mind but from the heart, looking at their world with a softer and more feminine aspect. A woman may set an elegant dinner table with a cloth of lace and matching lace-edged napkins or add a touch of lace to an otherwise severe-looking outfit. Historically, women hung lace curtains to add beauty to their homes. Lace trimmed fans were also prevalent in the days of elegance. The regal woman.

And laces? Picture a mother lacing a young child’s shoes. The scene in Gone with the Wind where Scarlett O’Hara is being tightly laced into a figure-shaping corset. A WNBA superstar lacing her shoes before going out to play a big game. The act of lacing can, therefore, be a feminine one.

These laces and these colors put a smile in my heart, a reminder of my joys and blessings. Today, I feel blessed to be a three-time survivor of breast caner, joining with others to assist in making breast cancer a thing of the past. Let us lace up and tie up forever this disease.