Today I'm sharing with you a "powerful article on women and beauty". Jackie contacted me a while back and this is what she wrote: "I have always had a passion for fashion-from shoes to makeup, nail polish to handbags, and everything in between! Coupled with that is belief that all women need to feel beautiful, no matter what circumstances they may be facing. Women are powerful beings and WE need to realize it! Sadly, many women are hearing those devastating words 'you have cancer.' Despite a cancer diagnosis, women can still feel beautiful in their own skin. Fashion is a wonderful way to feel strong and confident. I would like to share with your audience the reality of cancer and how women can say 'YES I have cancer', but I am no less beautiful than I was before my diagnosis."
Jewels for Beauty
By: Jackie Clark
When faced with a cancer diagnosis, such as mesothelioma, women often experience a range of emotions that include depression and confidence issues. They worry about losing their hair and living their life before undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments. Women that are coping with a cancer diagnosis are recommended to focus on fashion and beauty to keep their spirits up and to remain powerful. Women should recognize that they could still be beautiful despite cancer.
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After a cancer diagnosis, your physician will provide a regimen for the patient to follow for treatment. Mesothelioma treatments destroy cancerous cells to stop the tumor from spreading to other body parts. The oncologist may suggest surgically removing tumors or using targeted therapy to alleviate the symptoms of mesothelioma. Surgery may be combined with radiation and chemotherapy to destroy any other cancerous cells.
Radiation. Radiation has fewer side effects than chemotherapy and is recommended for people of fragile health. Radiation is also used in conjunction with other treatments such as chemotherapy. Radiation is typically administered through a machine. This reduces the affects of bleeding, physical pain and shortness of breath.
Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy reduces the uncomfortable symptoms that a patient may experience. The drugs may be administered via a pill or through an injection. Oncologist may combine drugs to increase the results of the treatment.
After Cancer Regimen
After the treatment, a regimen must be followed to accelerate recovery times and long-term health. Patients are recommended to eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Cancer survivors should also avoid tobacco and limit the amount of alcohol they intake. Other aspects of their regimens should include:
Exercise. Exercise helps cancer survivors to increase strength and endurance, while decreasing depression, anxiety and fatigue. The regimen should also improve mood and lift the self-esteem of the patient. Simple modifications of the exercise regimen may include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking 30 minutes each day. Five days of exercise per week is recommended. If you feel fatigued, rest and resume when you feel able.
Eat a Balanced Diet. The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables in addition to whole grains every day. Healthy fats should be low in saturated fats. Recommended proteins include nuts, seeds, eggs and other legumes.
Caregivers of cancer patients should support them in their beauty regimen. They should encourage frequent salon and spa visits to uplift them before, during and after treatment. Studies have shown that beauty in conjunction with treatment builds a positive attitude and accelerates healing.
This post was written by Jackie Clark. Jackie does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a leading web resource for mesothelioma cancer.