Thursday, January 5, 2012

Guest Post: Being Beautiful with Cancer

Hello ladies.  I was recently contacted by Jackie Clark, an outreach volunteer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  I was truly moved by her message and hope that her words will inspire you to think about yourself differently, appreciate your health, and perhaps spur you to aid in the fight against cancer.  I encourage all my readers to take a minute to read Jackie's post below.

Being Beautiful With Cancer
Jackie Clark

Beauty is only skin deep, or so they say.  While it is true that beauty comes from within, women admit that they can't help but want to feel beautiful.  How hard that must be for women who have cancer. 

Any type of cancer, like mesothelioma or breast cancer, will force a person to undergo chemotherapy treatment and possible surgery.  These treatments usually hurt healthy skin cells, causing hair loss, blotchy skin and other side effects.  Moreover, these treatments usually cause side effects like fatigue, loss of appetite and insomnia, all of which can do even more damage to your skin and beauty.

However, there is hope for women, but this hope must come from within.  For many women, they must look beautiful before they can feel beautiful.  Fashion definitely helps women feel beautiful.  Yes, true beauty is on the inside, but there is certainly nothing wrong with feeling confident or empowered by fashion.  Let the shoes make you stand tall; let your outfit show people how fun you are.  After this, realize that your true beauty is more than skin deep.

You shouldn't have to convince yourself

You should be able to look in the mirror and be proud of who you are.  Every person is unique in his or her own way.  Don't let something like cancer destroy your perspective of who you think you are.  You are still the same beautiful person -- you just need to remember that and you will be a cancer survivor.

Look at your personality

Real beauty comes from your personality.  You may have cancer, but that only makes you a stronger person, thus more beautiful.  The fact that you can still stay upbeat and have a wonderful personality just shows people how beautiful you truly are.  During a time where you are allowed to be negative and pessimistic -- and most people are -- you choose to retain a wonderful attitude anyway.

Don't let the media dictate how you look

The problem with most girls is that they see other women on TV and they believe they should look like those women.  There is nothing wrong with feeling confident by wearing cute clothes and makeup, but you need to remember that true beauty doesn't come from that.  You can feel beautiful in your own skin, even with cancer.  Go ahead and purchase the clothes and makeup; let those things make you feel confident.  However, always know where your beauty really comes from.


For more information, please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance website and its blog.

Thank you, Jackie.


  1. This is so true and such a great reminder!!  Thanks for the story Jackie!  And thanks for sharing Amanda ;0).

  2. This is a beautiful post and I agree with it! ! :D  

    [ The only thing I would mention (not to bring anyone down) is to be careful of what cosmetics you buy, as many of them 'pink wash' (support Breast Cancer/ Cancer research) but actually have cancer causing ingredients in them.  This made me furious when I learned about that, especially within the Look Good Feel Better program, which is made to give support to those dealing with cancer.]

    Everyone is beautiful and like Jackie says, beauty comes from within.

  3. Thank you for this post, it is really inspiring for women who suffer and I can tell you for experience (my mom had brest cancer) that if you're going through such a disease, you need A LOT of mental support...

  4. I'm glad you appreciated it :)

  5. That's an excellent point.  I think I might ask Jackie to do a post listing the best cosmetics that are safe to use for those suffering from cancer.  Thank you so much for bringing that up!

  6. I've also seen loved ones struggle with cancer and it takes a tremendous toll on both your external and internal physical self as well as your mental state.  I hope that anyone who is suffering finds the support they need during one of the most difficult times.

  7. Thank you so much for your response!!  I think that that would be an awesome post!! :D