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…
Here are some little known facts about the word GLAM. It was first used in 1963. It has many definitions including Webster’s Dictionary, which defines Glam as extremely showy, to its appearance in the slang dictionary as the short version of glamorous. Their example,“Hey-that is a glam prom dress!”
This April marks the fourth anniversary of my treatment for Breast Cancer. As I sat in my chair receiving chemo my outlook on the world was small. My concerns were narrow in focus and immediate. They mainly dealt with the day-to-day, even the moment to moment, centering around how I would feel, how my family would cope and most of all constantly worrying the question– would I be well?
Help! I have trouble drawing on my eyebrows. Any suggestions?
Shannon wrote us to discuss her eyebrows. Like many women who loose their eyebrows from chemotherapy, she is unhappy with the way she looks when she draws them back on. Shannon — take heart! You are not alone. I gave Groucho Marx a run for his money when I first gave it a try.
Drawing eyebrows on is tricky and takes practice. Here are some suggestions and options to make eyebrow wearing easier.
Valentine’s Day conjures up images of a romantic night filled with dinner for two, drinks, and special gifts. When I was recovering from chemotherapy my idea of a romantic night was putting on my favorite pajamas and sleep cap, snuggling in bed with my husband Brian and if I was feeling particularly loving, letting him have the remote and some of my chocolate pudding. (Loved that pudding!)
Thankfully Brian didn’t always let my chemo fatigue or other cancer related side effects get in Cupid’s way. On holidays, special occasions, or just out of the blue, he would kick things up a notch. He would turn a mundane evening into a romantic night complete with (you guessed it) dinner for two, drinks and special gifts.