Beauty Despite Cancer

I’ve just had my first guest blog-post published – on Beauty Despite Cancer (BDC).

There are beauty solutions available for women undergoing chemotherapy
There are beauty solutions available for women undergoing chemotherapy

Having looked at the various contributors and their stories I can honestly say I felt humbled.

So my first post focussed on my own experience of what efforts are made – charity-wise – to tackle cancer – notably in Walk The Walk and Race For Life. I intend to mention more about these fitness challenges in future blog posts on Em’s Way To Go.

A relatively simple injury has challenged my self-esteem, my image and my sense of how attractive or unattractive I am.

Cancer treatment can compromise a beauty regime
Cancer treatment can compromise a beauty regime

At my last visit to the Fracture Clinic I met a woman who couldn’t brush her own hair. Even personal grooming is compromised.

It doesn’t too much imagination, then, to realise female cancer patients face a far greater challenge in this respect.

“Women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed with cancer,” says Jennifer Young from BDC.

The aim is to give back a sense of control
The aim is to give back a sense of control

She explains that the treatment often damages more than just the disease it’s targeting – so patients can often suffer from dry, sore, sensitive and itchy skin – and that’s why she developed the Defiant Beauty skincare range.

Research carried out in 2007 revealed many female patients reached a low point in their cancer treatment when they no longer recognised themselves in the mirror.

So, basically, Beauty Despite Cancer offers an online magazine full of practical advice for women who face a changed beauty regime because of cancer.

Giving them back a sense of control can only be a good thing.

See my profile on Beauty Despite Cancer here

And here’s the home page!

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