Monday, March 5, 2012

A post from a guest blogger, Jackie Clark

This lovely lady approached me to ask if I'd be willing to host her as a guest here on my blog. I was only too happy to agree, as her subject matter is something near to my heart. It has affected just about every member of my family including me personally, in it's various evil forms.  Whilst most of us are survivors, my father died from it. What am I talking about? Cancer. Anyway, without further ado, here is Jackie's post. Thank you Jackie, very much for this.

Polished Beauty: Pamper Yourself With Ease

By: Jackie Clark

Despite the circumstances many woman are faced with throughout their lives, it is important to remember that feeling beautiful, inside and out, can build strength and confidence. Paying special attention to both inner and outer beauty can be particularly beneficial to women who may be facing a cancer diagnosis, such as mesothelioma. Whether you decide to wear that sexy black dress over the usual slacks or try out a new hairstyle, making the choice to focus on yourself and feel beautiful may be just what the doctor ordered.

Painted nails
are one of the best ways to spruce up your everyday style with ease. Painting your nails can allow you to relax in the quiet of your thoughts, while simultaneously enhancing your digits. For creative individuals, nail polish can almost be a form of art. Experiment with bold solid colors or intricate designs and find your inner artist. Whether you produce ten flawless miniature renditions of 'Starry Night', or even just ten stars, you will feel prettier and more accomplished in no time. Plus, when all of your friends are dying to know where you got your nails done, you can smile proudly and say you did them yourself!

The most important thing to remember when undergoing treatment and facing a prognosis is that your beautiful self is not alone. Your friends and family members are there for moral support and guidance through this difficult time. Polishing each other’s nails can be a fun way to spend a good chunk of time with a loved one and is especially beneficial for those who have difficulty painting their own nails. Professional manicures can also be a good option when looking to get the optimal look in a relaxing environment. While not as cozy as swapping manicures with a best friend or loved one, getting a professional manicure can be just as gratifying. Chat with your friendly nail technician or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy being pampered for once! Forget doctors, treatments, and diagnosis for a day and combine a manicure with a trip to the spa or salon for a gratifying experience that's sure to leave you feeling revived and beautiful.

Facing cancer head on is a daunting task, but that is no reason to give up. Don’t let it affect your daily routines and self-esteem. Keeping hope along the way is important. Feeling confident is a boost in morale and a motivator to keep battling. Do whatever you can to look and feel good about yourself and the road to recovery will be much smoother ride.


  1. Great post! I did one for Jackie a while back as well. Sometimes the little things end up making the biggest impact.

  2. I agree Sara. Especially something like this!

  3. Too true and often forgotten in our clamor for the latest hottest shade.

  4. Yes indeed Melissa! Plus I think those with the best of health tend to take it for granted lie it's a given. It's not until you're sick yourself that you realize how much you take your body and it's health for granted.

  5. Great post. The timing of this is interesting as I've been thinking about my sister a lot recently. While she couldnt get manis I would massage her hands and feet with lotion. There is a lot of comfort in a loving touch especially when you are hospitalized and everyone else is touching you for routine and often painful procedures; never to offer comfort.