Thursday, February 9, 2012

Guest Blog: Beautiful With Cancer

Hello All!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to shed light on a worthwhile topic: Maintaining confidence while undergoing cancer treatment. The post is courtesy of reader Jackie Clark, who does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Going through treatment is difficult for all involved which is why it's important to provide a sense of normalcy for the patient and her family. Wearing make-up and beautiful scarves may seem like a small step, but, as you will read in the article, it can make a big difference.

I now turn over my blogging duties to Jackie:

 Beautiful With Cancer
 By Jackie Clark  

Feeling beautiful can create a positive attitude. While going through chemotherapy for breast cancer or mesothelioma women get sick, lose their hair, lose their eye lashes and eye brows, their skin is discolored, and they feel ugly. But they do not want to give up on life just because they are sick. They want to go to continue working, shopping, and partying.

Looking good can increase a person’s healing potential and improve their persona. A good way to draw attention away from cancer and looking good and feeling better is to use makeup, lipstick, head scarves, wigs, hats, and new clothes.

Makeup is used to recreate the facial glow that has been lost through cancer treatment. A great way to experiment with makeup is to go to a large department store on a weekend and sign up for a free makeover. Also, “The American Cancer Society, along with the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, has a wonderful program to help people with cancer to “Look Good” and “Feel Better.”

Wearing lipstick can boost a person's self-esteem and create a radiant look. Geralyn Lucas, author of "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy", wrote that she found “self-acceptance by relying on courage, humor and her red lipstick.”

Head scarves are good choice while coping with hair loss. They are pre-tied and pre-fitted, and are a fashion statement in and of themselves. Some styles can be seen on-line at

Losing weight may be exciting at first but as it continues women begin to look frail and drab. Disguise weight loss by adding color to your wardrobe and buying the current size. Although buying new clothes can enhance your outlook, as you get slimmer and slimmer, the cost of new clothes over this period of time can be costly.

Consider resale stores like consignment and thrift shops. They may be worth the experience. The prices would ease the expense of buying different sizes over the next few months.

Looking good can make a person feel better.

Thank you Jackie for sharing your thoughts!

Have a wonderful Thursday :)


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