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I have been in the image consulting business for many years. Just when the momentum of my business was really kicking into gear, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012. Something no woman wants to hear. You know, that’s a diagnosis that someone else gets. Not you!
For the next year, I underwent 2 surgeries, 4 months of chemotherapy, and 8 weeks of daily radiation. During this time, I gradually lost all my hair, and the majority of my eyelashes, eye brows, along with other side effects.
If you have gone through a serious illness, you know losing your hair can feel pretty traumatic! So I did try and focus on the positive points of my treatments. Like... not having to deal with hair on my legs, underarms, or bikini line (not that I have worn a bikini in the last few decades!!!) My facial peach fuzz went away - yay! Didn’t miss the beginnings of the ‘womanly’ mustache either. I even tried to make myself feel better by saying, “Well, if I have to go through chemo the up side would be I’ll lose weight!” I know that sounds warped and a bit shallow, but I was trying to be positive. Instead I gained weight! Ugh!!
But, here's the reality. I am very fortunate to be here today and able to share my story. I am so grateful for all the love and kindness that I received from family, friends, and even strangers during this difficult time. That kindness has left a permanent imprint on my heart. I am grateful for all those treatments and caring doctors. It is because of them and all the support I received that I can now say I am cancer free!
So, why am I sharing all this with you? Because if you are going through something like this, I know how it feels and it would be my pleasure to help you through some of the challenges you'll face. I know how to find that wig that will make you feel pretty and more confident. If you prefer wearing a hat or scarf, I can teach you the styles that look best with your face shape and coloring. I know makeup tricks that give the appearance of lashes and filled in brows. I can help you select colors that give you an emotional boost and make clothing suggestions that are both attractive and comfortable to wear. If you don’t feel like you have the energy to go shopping, I’ll do it for you.
It is so important to practice self-care during these times and it would be my honor to help you do just that.
If you are one of those individuals that forgets to eat a meal (REALLY?) or have always maintained their ideal weight, I applaud you! No, seriously!! Since Junior High School, when my mother was packing me a lunch with cut-up Oscar Meyer hotdogs, slices of cheese, and apple wedges, I’ve been an on-again/off-again-dieter. I think I've been on just about every diet on the market. I have probably gained and lost 15-20 lbs. at least a bazillion times. I swore that when I turned 30 I would have my yo-yo dieting behind me forever. I renewed that vow when I turned 40, 50, and even today I'm still a work in progress. I am more at peace with myself now, but...feel I could be just one bowl of ice cream away from that very slippery slope. If this is you...I feel your pain and I really get it!
What have I learned along the way as an image professional? One, there is a way to dress to look 10 lbs. thinner immediately. Knowing how to wear styles that compliment your assets and camouflage your challenges can work wonders. That knowing your body type, and the styles that are most flattering on your shape takes the guess work out of shopping. Understanding that wearing the colors that best suit your skin tone, eyes, and hair color takes dressing and your appearance to a whole new and exciting level. And, that carrying that extra bit of weight doesn’t have to keep you from looking and feeling fabulous today. No more waiting until...
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