Guest Post - Jackie Clark

Hey all.

Today I have a guest post by Jackie Clark from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog. Jackie contacted me to see if I was interested in sharing with you guys an article that she wrote on the power of polish and how going for manicures provides much needed relaxation for cancer patients. 

Check it out below!


Manicures and Pedicures Help Women Look and Feel Beautiful
By: Jackie Clark

Going through cancer treatments is difficult for every woman's body, but it can be even worse for her mental outlook. Treatments for mesothelioma, melanoma and other cancers are usually physically draining and emotionally exhausting. They can make a woman feel like they are constantly fighting against their own body, which doesn't help them feel beautiful at all. Cancer treatments often alter a woman's appearance, and getting regular manicures and pedicures are a great way for these women to take care of themselves.

Feeling Beautiful

There is nothing flattering about cancer treatment. They are emotionally and physically exhausting and often cause side effects such as sagging skin and hair loss. These side effects often make women feel unattractive. Regular manicures and pedicures help women feel beautiful without having to put in a great deal of time or effort. All they have to do is make an appointment for their pedicure or manicure and arrive at the salon on time. The biggest decision the woman has to make during her time at the salon is choosing which aromatherapy scents she likes best or the color of polish her nails should be painted. Most manicures and pedicures last about two weeks, enough time to enjoy the color and the feeling of having pretty nails.

Connecting with Others

Some women who are undergoing cancer treatments feel like they are alone in their struggle. They often feel disconnected and resent having to allow someone else to take care of them. Going to the salon to be pampered with a pedicure or manicure is a wonderful way for these women to feel connected to their friends and family. Most salons can accommodate groups, so planning a spa day with several family members or girlfriends is a wonderful way for a woman with lung cancer or mesothelioma to connect with the girls in a way that they probably did before they were diagnosed.


Perhaps the most important benefit of a manicure is the feeling of relaxation it brings to the woman who receives it. Most spa manicures take at least an hour and include lotion, massage and aromatherapy as well as nail grooming and polish. There is usually soft classical music playing and dim lighting so that the woman can relax and enjoy being pampered. Some women even fall asleep during their pedicures or manicures because they are so relaxed.

Even if a woman can only afford to get a manicure or pedicure once each month, it is important for them to take the time to take care of their bodies as well as their spirits. Getting a manicure can bring a sense of normalcy back into their lives, even when everything else in their world seems to be upside down.

I want to thank Jackie for reaching out. To read more, check out her articles HERE.

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