Sunday, January 29, 2012

Using Fashion to Look Great: I Have Mesothelioma

Jackie Clark, a writer from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (, reached out to me to share an article about women feeling beautiful no matter what circumstances that may come their way. Here she shares a powerful message on how women can feel strong, confident, and feel beautiful in their own skin.

Using Fashion to Look Great
By: Jackie Clark

All women deserve to feel beautiful, because they are. Fashion is one way to bring every woman's inner beauty to the surface. All women can look beautiful, no matter what struggles they are facing in their lives, including mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure and inhalation of asbestos particles. Symptoms of mesothelioma do not appear until many years down the road. If you suffer symptoms of mesothelioma, it is important to
consult a doctor with experience in diagnosing the disease immediately. Catching mesothelioma in its early stages provides the individual with more treatment options. Beating the cancer is a long and difficult road, but there are many ways for women to still feel beautiful and spirited along the way.

A woman with many other expenses can find affordable and fashionable clothes thanks to thrift and convenience stores. A woman diagnosed with mesothelioma can uplift her spirits by treating herself to a facial and a new outfit. A woman who is struggling with her weight can choose clothes that compliment her best features to build her self-esteem. Using fashion to look great is a simple way for women to boost their self-esteem and highlight their best features. Below are some tips to keep in mind when using fashion to bring out a woman's inner beauty.

Highlight your best features. Whether you're choosing a new wardrobe or applying makeup, you can benefit from focusing on your best features. Reflect on what you find attractive about yourself. Ask for the opinions of friends and
family if you’re uncomfortable deciding. Once you have a good idea of what your best features are, think of clothing, makeup, hairstyle, and other options that call attention to those features.

Use natural makeup. The point of makeup is to draw attention to you and your best features, not to the fact that you're wearing makeup. Try to choose makeup that complements you without making it too obvious that you're wearing makeup. Natural-looking makeup works great, especially if you're not used to wearing makeup on a daily basis. This doesn't mean you can't use color, it just means you should choose subtle shades that blend well rather than bright, over-the-top, colors. Another great tip is to try to choose certain features of your face that you want to draw attention to. Use color there rather than using dramatic color on all areas of your face.

Treat yourself. It's okay to indulge in beauty treatments occasionally. Sign up for a mani-pedi, have your hair done, or get a facial. If you are low on cash, you can always ask for gift certificates for your birthday or holidays.

Consult a professional. Free fashion and beauty advice is always available. Most beauty salons or department stores offer free facials where their staff will provide makeup demonstrations and suggestions. Most clothing store associates will offer advice on what type of clothing suits you. Most hair salons can offer you advice about what type of hairstyle suits you best. If you are unsure about what styles and fashions suit you best, help is never far away.

Check out her latest article, The Healing Power of Feeling Beautiful (

1 comment:

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