February 3, 2012

Guest Post: Jackie Clark

A few days ago I was contacted by Jackie, the Outreach Coordinator at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Her words are so compelling and I hope this post inspires you as much as it does to me. 

Dedicate Yourself to Feeling Beautiful After a Cancer Diagnosis
Written By: Jackie Clark

A cancer diagnosis will change your life. It doesn’t matter what type of cancer you have, either. Women who are diagnosed with mesothelioma experience the same emotions that women who are diagnosed with skin cancer or breast cancer face. Many women feel like giving up after learning that they have cancer. Aside from how mentally exhausting this disease can be, it will also zap your energy and your confidence. Surviving becomes the first priority and taking care of your appearance tends to fall to the end of the list. So many women underestimate how important it is to still feel beautiful and confident even when dealing with cancer.

Beauty and fashion are highly important elements of most women’s lives. These priorities take a back seat after a cancer prognosis, though. On top of that, radiation treatment leaves some women bald. Fighting against cancer can also be extremely tiresome and some women drop a lot of weight and begin to look gaunt.

It’s important to remember, though, that the first step to a strong body is a strong mind. Taking control of the things in your life that you can control, such as your confidence and appearance, are imperative to your overall health. While fashion and beauty alone won’t cure your disease, they will help to boost your confidence and regain control.

Create a new look for yourself. What better time to start over than after a life-changing diagnosis? Instead of focusing solely on your disease, make this time in your life one of positive change, too. Go for that clothing style you’ve always admired but never had the guts to wear. Experiment with new makeup looks. Cut your hair super short or dye it a bold new color.

When choosing clothing, find pieces that complement your skin tone and hair color. If your skin, hair and clothing are all in sync, you’ll look perfectly put together and beautiful. Since many women who have cancer may look pale from being sick, choose makeup and clothing colors that will brighten your look. You can also rub on self tanner to give your skin tone a quick pick me up. Then head to your favorite clothing and accessories stores for some much-needed shopping. Try on some wardrobe pieces that you know will look good on you and others that you haven’t tried out before.

Once you’ve purchased your new wardrobe, don’t let all of your new clothes just hang in the closet. Start wearing your new pieces right away. Feeling beautiful, changing your appearance and boosting your confidence all takes effort. You won’t feel better simply by planning to change and never following through. Dedicate yourself to feeling and looking beautiful today.

1 comment:

  1. Love this Cheryl, thanks for sharing the inspiration!


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