Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Guest Post - Looking Beautiful in the Face of Cancer

A lovely lady named Jackie Clark of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance contacted me recently asking for the opportunity to feature a guest post on my blog.
As many people will be touched by cancer at some point in their lives; whether they be affected themselves or it be a family member, I thought Jackie's post on how to staying feeling beautiful whilst suffering with cancer could be beneficial......

Many people have been at risk for cancer without even realizing it. Asbestos exposure, smoking, carcinogens in food and other serious problems simply can't be foreseen sometimes. Getting cancer can often be too much for many people to bear. Hearing the words leukemia, breast cancer, mesothelioma, skin cancer and others can feel like you are moments away from death.

However, a cancer diagnosis doesn't have to be your death sentence. One way that you can help beat back the seriousness of cancer is through looking beautiful and feeling beautiful in your skin. Focusing on fashion may seem like a rather trite thing to do while you are fighting for your life. However, it can offer many benefits that, while not functioning as a cure, may help you immeasurably.

One way that looking beautiful can help you is to boost your self-esteem. Cancer and cancer treatments can leave you feeling sick and looking sick. You may not feel beautiful when you look at yourself and see your hair has fallen out or that your skin is deathly white. This can quickly drop your self-esteem, cause depression and make it harder for you to fight back against cancer.

Avoid this pitfall by treating yourself to a great new wardrobe. Pick out clothes that suit your personal style and create individual outfits for a wide variety of situations. Create casual and formal outfits that are accessorized with necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Make sure all the pieces of your outfit are color coordinated and that they look cute together.

Dress around the negatives in your look to make yourself look great. Wear beautiful hats that highlight your skin tone and eyes. Choose colors that make your skin look more thick and full, as you may get pale during your treatments. Carry your head tall while wearing a cute person on your arm that really shows off your fashion sense.

Focusing on your fashion sense can show off a power and sense of purpose that others will notice. People will praise you for your strength and courage and help give you hope to succeed. This hope is vital in beating back cancer and you will need it anyway you can get it.

An improved sense of self can actually contribute to a more positive outlook against your disease. It can give you a focus and a drive to survive that is can not only make you feel better but may help against the disease. A tired, depressed and flaccid person isn't as likely to beat back cancer as an energetic, positive and fully active person. So, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment, consider getting a new wardrobe today.

If any of you have any questions I'm sure Jackie will be more than happy to answer. She can be found on twitter at @JakieClrk


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