Saturday, January 28, 2012

Guest Post: You Need To Read!!!

Today I have a guest post that I think everyone needs to read, I hope you will take some time out of your day and read this guest post by Jackie Clark.

Jackie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie's interest in health and wellness spawned into fashion for an overall better outer appearance from her desire to treat her body well. Jackie saw the power in fashion and how it can enhance a woman's overall self-confidence levels. From there, Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns.

Appreciating Yourself During Cancer Treatment
By: Jackie Clark
Going through cancer treatment is a process that racks both the mind and body for months and even years. Women often find themselves distressed losing both hair and weight, reduced to a mere shadow of their former selves. Although beauty is often the last thing on a patient's mind, the toll of cancer on the body can lead to a slow deterioration of self-worth and even cause depression in some women. Doctors often advocate the necessity of a positive mindset while fighting cancer, and the dangers of falling into apathy. There are so many things that are out of your control in the months following a diagnosis, but every woman deserves to feel beautiful.

Cancer can be exhausting. Whether you have been diagnosed with breast, skin or even mesothelioma cancer from asbestos exposure, the road to recovery is fraught with hardship. Many women abandon their beauty products and regimens under the strain, without realizing that they may be damaging their self-perception. No one expects you to be dolled up like a model at the grocery store, but a few of your favorite routines may prove comforting. Treat yourself to a makeover with some new makeup and perfume, or go out for a manicure and pedicure. If you enjoy fashion, buy some new clothes to spruce up your wardrobe. Remember that, while this may be the hardest period of your life, it isn't your fault and you deserve to indulge yourself every once in a while.

For many female cancer patients, the loss of hair during radiation therapy is one of the hardest side-effects to cope with. Some women find that wigs, while not perfect, allow them to go about their daily lives without invasive stares and self-consciousness. Another option is to use decorative scarves and hats to cover your head. Of course, some women choose to flaunt their bald head as a badge of courage, showing off their will to survive. Beyond looking good, the most important thing you can do for yourself both during and after treatment is to maintain good physical fitness. Staying in shape wards off depression, improves appetite and maintains muscle mass that would otherwise waste away. Simple activities like going for a walk or attending a yoga class are enough to keep your body fit without overexerting yourself.

Every woman has at least one little vanity to take pride in. A cancer diagnosis doesn't need to be the end of your beauty. In fact, taking care of your outward appearance can help disguise any inner illness, boosting your self-confidence and even aiding your prognosis. No matter how you feel, you have every reason to love how you look. Take a few moments out of each day to appreciate yourself, and see how quickly your outlook on life improves.


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