today I have a guest post from Jackie Clark, who does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer, a leading web resource for Mesothelioma Cancer. Jackie believes that all women, no matter what circumstances they may be facing, need to feel beautiful and I couldn’t agree more. Here’s what she has to say:
Strength In Beauty
by Jackie Clark
Survival rate, treatment, the impact on family, and countless more concerns run through a woman’s head when she receives an earth shattering diagnosis, such as breast cancer or mesothelioma cancer. Things like beauty and fashion may seem trivial. However, staying strong in the face of adversity requires confidence and positivity. Feeling beautiful in your own skin, regardless of the circumstances, plays a tremendous role in your emotional well being, which in turn affects your overall health.
Be bold by adding a pop of color to your wardrobe. Hues, such as red, often invoke a feeling of confidence. Cancer, whether it’s mesothelioma cancer or breast cancer, changes you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t establish a new “you.” The difficult times in life make us stronger. Show off your vitality and strength by test-driving different styles. Swipe on that purple eye shadow you’ve always been hesitant to wear or throw in some bright pieces to an otherwise monochrome wardrobe. Something as simple as wearing a unique color or print can be refreshing.
While comfort is key when running to appointments and treatments, there’s no need to sacrifice style. Ponchos and flat mid-calf boots have been seen on fashionable women everywhere this year. A pair of neutral, flat boots is sensible, yet chic. They can also complement anything, from skirts and dresses to skinny jeans. Cashmere ponchos are warm and soft, which makes them ideal for skin that is sensitive from treatment. Ponchos and drapey wrap sweaters can hide scars or a port to make you feel comfortable. By purchasing items that suit your needs and make you feel attractive, you won’t feel like you’re giving up your sense of self to cancer. Instead, you’re the strong, beautiful woman you always were.
Accessories are a way to add flair to an ensemble. If it’s one of those days where all you can muster is jeans and a t-shirt, opt for a broach, statement necklace, or bracelets to reflect your individuality. The same goes for shoes and handbags. Try something eye-catching, or a style that really resonates with you, to give you that extra sparkle.
When things seem hopeless, sometimes getting out of bed and pampering yourself can bring a glimmer of light into your day. The ritual of applying makeup is soothing. Even if you’ll be sitting at a doctor’s appointment all afternoon, wearing some mascara and lipstick can make you feel rejuvenated. And remember, fashion and beauty rules were made to be broken. Let your style embody the essence of you. Living with cancer is courageous. So throw caution to the wind when it comes to makeup and fashion and reveal your authentic self.
Thank you Jackie for this wonderful post and addressing this important issue!