Ostomies and Glam are two words most people don’t usually associate together. Let’s be honest, the same is true of cancer and glam. But before I get into my usual passionate rant about why women (actually all people) deserve to recover with confidence and style, I want to provide you with information about two companies whose products help women with ostomies—be glammed.
StyleList calls not taking enough care of our skin, “one of the worst beauty mistakes a woman can make during the winter.” Bitter cold days, indoor heat, and overly hot showers can damage and dry out skin. Damaged and dry, flaky, irritated skin is often already a problem for women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. So how can you give your skin the TLC-tender loving care it needs and deserves?
We asked Britta Aragon, a cancer survivor and a natural beauty expert, to tell us how to bring back our skin’s healthy glow!
I have never been a fan of the term “bucket list.” I began to like it even less when I was staring down my cancer diagnosis. During the long days of treatment though, at times it was impossible not to think about what you wished you had done before cancer reared its ugly head.
My mother Gloria, who battled Lung Cancer, used to say, “Cancer is a thief. It robs you of so much. “ Ten years later, I found myself voicing these same words as I dealt with the day-to-day reality of my own treatment for Breast Cancer.
Shortly following my diagnosis, I underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. I became bald, breast-less, and twenty pounds heavier from treatment. I was thrown into early menopause (chemo-pause as I like to say) with skin that was dry, pale, and ultra sun-sensitive. It was soul destroying.
I hear from many women who are about to start their chemotherapy. A question that I often get asked is, “What should I bring with me to chemo?” My answer- a great tote filled with your chemo essentials. Essentials are what help make the experience most comfortable for you. We polled the women of our Cancer Be Glammed community for their suggestions. Here are their top tips.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” and this is certainly true in the world of cancer and recovery. Survivors are turning their own treatment challenges into companies designed to make the experience better for others. Libre is a company that makes life easier for patients undergoing transfusions. Their motto, ” Freedom to be warm and comfortable during treatment.”
We asked them to tell us more about their clothes in this guest blog.
This outstanding moment captured so beautifully is Leticia Croft-Holguin and her son Sam. A mother of two boys, ages 9 and 2, Leticia’s entry was the People’s Pick winner in our Mother’s Day- Mom’s Got Glam Contest. Here’s a little bit about her…