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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Psyched about looking good, feeling better

Going through cancer treatment is probably one of the most challenging experiences. Besides the fight for your life there are also the little things that become so apparent especially once you’re coming to the end of the treatment. I definitely understand that journey and one of the so called little things that sorta plagued me was losing my hair and being swollen from taking steroids along with my other medicines.

3c4f4003-2a0c-4a75-b9aa-9ab660239705Directly after treatment I would look in the mirror and, honestly, feel a little disgusted. I did not look like myself. When I first started this whole process in December 2013 I learned about a program for female cancer patients called Look Good, Feel Better. Once my treatment ended*, so to speak, I signed up for the two-hour complimentary class that’s available nationwide

During the class, led by Jane (a volunteer beauty professional), we – myself and two other women – learned how to cope with appearance changes as a result of our treatments. We learned tips for skin care, makeup application, wig styling and a trick with a cotton t-shirt to fashion a turban.

We each walked away with a Look Good Feel Better beauty bag filled with donated products from Workshop Category Champion companies as well as companies who donated individual products. A few of the companies are Coty, OPI, Sally Beauty, Estee Lauder, Amway, LancĂ´me, L’Oreal Inc., Elizabeth Arden, Avon Products and quite a few others. We also received a nice booklet with step-by-step instructions to help us – women with cancer – to look good and feel better.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

5 times every woman should treat herself*

*Check the end of this post for 5 quick ways to treat yourself

It’s an ongoing topic of conversation about women taking time for themselves or sometimes putting themselves first. I’ve decided to give you some definitive times when you should

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definitely treat yourself. Hopefully this list will make it easier for you to take a moment for yourself.

  1. After a mammogram – The past couple of times I’ve had a mammogram it wasn’t that painful; however last week I thought the woman was having a bad day because she squeezed the heck out of my breasts. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this time I had to grit my teeth and dig my nails into my hands to avoid screaming.
  2. After a visit with the gynecologist – There’s one word you should consider to be convinced you should treat yourself: Violation! Besides the invasion of your lower regions, aren’t you just through with your GYN talking to you while they’re fooling around down there?
  3. When you clean the bathroom – For some reason, no matter what we do, the bathroom your child(ren) use is always gross especially if you have boys. I have a son and I know he’s very neat and particular, but there’s always some sprinkles. (I’m not even gonna talk about men in the home!) Whenever you have to put your face anywhere near the commode you get a treat.
  4. When you’re beating yourself up – Whether you’re disappointed in a weight gain or lack of weight loss, whether you’ve stayed on task and finished your to-do list or not or have just decided to be hard on yourself. Stop yourself in the midst of the negative thoughts, take a deep breath and start thinking about what treat you’re going to use to help you feel better.
  5. During the chance you get a moment alone – It seems like you children, spouse/partner or other family members  are always around making noise, asking questions or just being themselves. But there are times when you cock your head and realize you’re alone and can do whatever you want. Don’t try to get a bit of housework done quickly or work on an assignment or task, instead – every once in awhile – do something special for yourself.

Screenshot_2015-04-27-12-06-37Right now you’re thinking you don’t know what to do for yourself or some other reason that you’ll talk yourself out of taking time for yourself. Let me stop you right there. You must do it: For yourself, your family and your sanity and health. To sway you from excuses here are 5 quick ways to treat yourself.

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