[Guest Post] Self-Esteem & Cancer: Never Letting Go of Your Inner Beauty

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Hi everyone!

Today I have a wonderful guest post by Jackie. She contacted me a couple weeks ago regarding tips on how to feel beautiful while struggling through cancer (& the many side-effects of its treatments). I am extremely excited to share her piece with you, especially since I have a bit of experience in the area [I volunteered at a cancer hospital in Toronto for 2 years]. Please take a read, be grateful for your health, and share this with the women in your lives that are going through this rough time. It may feel as if part of their identity is being stripped away, and it important to remind them of their self-worth and beauty. Cheers!

Showcase Your Beauty Despite Your Cancer Diagnosis
By: Jackie Clark

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event, no matter what type of cancer you are facing.  Of obvious importance is the impact of cancer on your health and your livelihood.  What most don't seem to consider is how cancer and cancer treatments can affect your self-esteem and sense of worth as a woman.  Even when facing the harsh effects of cancer treatments, there are still several ways you can showcase your femininity and regain your confidence.

Use Beauty Tools to Enhance Your Features

Cancers like mesothelioma often require treatments that can take their toll on your health and beauty.   It's important to find ways to minimize these effects and highlight your other stunning features.  Find a bold lipstick to emphasize your mouth.  Even a pretty peach lip gloss and a light dusting of bronzer can create a pretty glow.  For a more striking look, use a kohl liner to rim your eyes and add drama.  There are also several eyebrow pencils on the market right now that can help to fill in sparse eyebrows to create an everyday style.  Use beauty magazine and websites to follow the latest styles and stay on trend.


Fashion Accessories Add Flair to Your Wardrobe

Although you may feel like your beauty has changed, there are many fashion accessories available that can add a panache to your existing wardrobe and amp up your style.  It's important not to stop at the usual suspects like scarves and beautiful earrings though.  For example, buy a new coat in show-stopping color.  Shop for beaded or embellished shoes.  There are many comfortable options available, and often the most unique options are in feet-friendly flats or low heels.  Hats are another option that can make you feel at ease when going out in public while still conveying your individuality and beauty.  

Keep in mind, however, that no matter how many makeup products you buy, no matter how many accessories you wear, your real beauty will shine from within no matter what your circumstances.  Your strength and power is the most beautiful accessory you have.  Whenever you may feel self-conscious about your looks, remember the following: I am proud.  I am beautiful.  I am strong.  I am not cancer, and cancer is not me.


image source: google & stylecrave [That link will take you to a list of gorgeous Asian models. I had such a hard time finding photos of visible minorities in high-fashion. Not cool.]
5 comments on "[Guest Post] Self-Esteem & Cancer: Never Letting Go of Your Inner Beauty"
  1. This is such a sweet post, and it hits very, very close to home. Thanks for the bit of love and all of this positivity.


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