Loving Our Bald Selves
by Susan Beausang
If we can face life’s challenges feeling good about ourselves, we can often meet those challenges with more clarity, more determination, and more understanding. At no time is such love of self more important than when fighting cancer. Yet many women find their love of self becomes compromised by the emotions stirred when they find a bald, “sick-looking” person staring back at them in the mirror.
Put Your Best Face Forward
by Hans Kalset
As a cosmetologist and hair stylist, I work with wonderful clients every day. While I love the relationships I’ve built with my clients in my job “behind the chair,” my most fulfilling work is as a volunteer with Look Good…Feel Better. This organization provides women with free sessions to teach them hair and makeup techniques to cope with the changes they experience to their appearance while undergoing cancer treatment.
Look Good...Feel Better
For Nancy Lumb, one of the hardest parts of having cancer was dealing with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. For help, Nancy turned to Look Good…Feel Better, an organization founded in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation that helps women, men, and teens manage appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Coping with Fatigue
by Lillian Nail, PhD, RN
Fatigue is now recognized as one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. Prior to the 1990s, fatigue was not viewed as a side effect of treatment. But the results of studies on the experience of receiving cancer treatment, characterized the pattern of fatigue during and following treatment, and indicated that some people had fatigue that persisted months to years beyond the end of treatment.
Exercise for Cancer Survivors
by Ting-Ting Kuo, PT, DPT, MS, CLT
Exercise has been shown to reduce, and in some instances eliminate, commonly experienced treatment side effects while also increasing strength, coordination, posture, and immune function and building and maintaining bone, muscle, and joint health.
What You Can Do to Care for Your Skin, Hair, and Nails
by Marieo E. Lacouture, MDKnowing how to care for your skin, hair, and nails during treatment is important. Don't hesitate to verbalize concers to your doctor about your skin, hair and nails.
A New Face for Cancer Survivors
by Mario E. Lacouture, MD
Of all challenges faced by cancer survivors, none are more apparent than those affecting the skin, hair, and nails. During and after therapy, people with cancer frequently develop hair loss, dry, irritated skin, and loose, tender nails.
Body Image Issues? You're Not Alone
by Elizabeth Nikol, MSW, LCSW
Being diagnosed with breast cancer at 29 was extremely difficult. As I struggled with my own body image issues, I became passionate about trying to help others through the same issues after a cancer diagnosis. As a cognitive therapist, I believe that we can evaluate our thinking (including our thoughts about ourselves) and then choose a different response than we have previously.