Archive for April, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cancer Treatment Side Effects: How To Apply Make-Up During Chemo

April Capil created this Makeup Tutorial for Women going through Chemotherapy because, during her journey through April Capilbreast cancer, she “found it discouraging that so many of the women we see on television and in the media (like Celia in WEEDS, Lynette in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and Samantha in SEX AND THE CITY) are depicted as just having buzzed hair or bald heads. If you’ve had cancer and chemo, you know that’s NOT what you look like! Your hair thins, often not fallling completely out. You lose your eyebrows and eyelashes – often you don’t even recognize yourself when you look in the mirror!! It can be very discouraging and you don’t want to go out in public.

“It doesn’t have to be that way. With just a little effort, you can put your face together and feel more comfortable going out in public and not feeling like a freakshow. You just have to rediscover makeup again! Let this video be your inspiration, and check out other YouTube Channels like MichellePhan and MakeupGeek (women who are way, way more talented than me!).”

We LOVE the job she does here – how easy she makes it look to be beautiful!!! Thank you, April!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

How To Ask for Help

If you’re like most of us, just the idea of asking for help can bring up anxiety. But sometimes in life, we’re overwhelmed How To Ask for Helpand simply cannot move forward without the kind assistance of others. This can be especially true if we find ourselves in a healing process, working our way through cancer treatment, chemo and radiation side effects, chronic severe eczema, and so on.

If asking for help is new for you, here are a couple of tips to help you out:

1. Get Clear. What is it that you really need… A ride to the doctor’s office? Someone to cook for you or just sit with you a couple of hours?

2. Be Direct. Forthrightly ask for what you need so that the other person can get a realistic picture of what’s involved.

3. Let Go of Rejection. If someone says, “no,” it has nothing to do with whether you are worthy of being helped. It simply means that they are not available and someone else is better suited to help you. Keep asking until you find the right support.

4. Relax and Enjoy. If someone is helping you, let go and enjoy the assistance. Really use it as a time to receive and focus on your healing.

5. Say, “Thank You.” Sometimes saying a simple, “thank you” is enough. Other times, you might feel drawn to send a note or gift of appreciation. It’ll depend on the situation and friends can help you decide if you’re not sure.

Just think how good you feel when you’re able to do something kind for another person. The people in your life will generally feel the same way, so don’t assume your request is a burden for them. You may actually be the brightest part of their day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Breaking Through: Carly Fleischmann Breaks Through Autism

No matter what challenges you may be facing, physician remember that the power of the human spirit is great. We just came upon this story of Carly Fleischmann, prescription a young girl with autism whose desire to connect was so strong that she found a way to break through and communicate with those around her. Also inspiring is the love and dedication of her family members—miracles can happen when we come together and support each other. Enjoy the video!