• So I get up today, not feeling well, as I start to throw on some sweats and a blah top I stopped and told myself, NO! I'm not going to let

    Asked by MelMom on Monday, August 18, 2014

    So I get up today, not feeling well, as I start to throw on some sweats and a blah top I stopped and told myself, NO! I'm not going to let

    I'm not going to let cancer take this too. I feel like if I get up and dress up everyday that I'm fighting back in this little way. Do you find yourself thinking this way or is it just me? A cute outfit might not kill off any cancer, but I can at least feel better in the process! Now, let's go do this Doctors appointment!

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    • cam32505's Avatar

      That's why the ACS has a program for women to learn how to make themselves look good during treatment. The thought is if you look good, maybe it will make you feel better. For me, I was a slob. I just wanted to wear slip on shoes because you knew they were coming off for the weigh in. I wore shirts with easy access for the port. I wore pull on pants because that I.V. had me in the ladies room all day. So, for me, it was all about comfort and ease of access. But, it's nice to see someone come into the chemo room looking good. I think it gives others hope that someday they'll feel good enough to fix themselves up.

      over 5 years ago
    • Asanayogini's Avatar

      Yeah I feel better when I try to do my makeup and hair as well, granted there are some days I don't even want to get out of bed. But I do it on auto pilot sometimes. Before you know it I'm feeling somewhat better. Here's hoping you have a good Doctor appt.

      over 5 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar

      Good for you MelMom....take control of your life! Cancer has no power over us unless we give power.

      over 5 years ago
    • MsCeeVee's Avatar

      Yes...that little boost to your world is huge!

      over 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Yes definitely. :) So many many times where it has been mind over matter for me. Like Asanayogini said, there are definitely those days where I don't even want to get out of bed, but I get through it. Have a good day and wishing you all the best on your doc appt.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I remember a post/quote I found that said "No matter what, Get up, Dress up, and Show up"! I think that fits here.

      over 5 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Good for you! Go girl! I spend many days wearing only yoga pants and a t shirt, my excuse is that I like to exercise all the time so I want to wear clothes to exercise in.
      BUT I always feel better when I dress cute and wear makeup. I am off to the cancer center this morning and you inspired me to put on a nice dress for it! Thank you! XOXOXO

      over 5 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar

      I recall when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, another BC survivor recommended the book "Why I wore lipstick to my masectomy". I also remember my Mom used to say "people act in accordance with how they are dressed" - and then would proceed to put her tomboy (me) in a skirt - wishful thinking on her part ! ! Personally, I do wear jeans, yoga pants and sweats often, but, I always put my face on - - - these days I can put my hair on too ! : O LOL

      over 5 years ago
    • YazBri's Avatar

      Love your spirit!! That's the ticket! Don't let it control your life, you are in charge and a strong being!! God Bless!!

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar


      I dressed up to every single infusion, radiation or follow up visit. Not only for myslef but also for eveyone else in treatment. If I looked good then maybe they would not be frightened.

      Don't give this sucker an inch...punch him right back..keep him down because pretty soon we will kick his booty right outta here.

      The cures are comming..we are so close with so many cancers. We only need the funding. That;s all it is.. We only need the funds that we deserve to be directed to cancer reserch.

      over 5 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar

      it is always better to dress up for an appointment. I did right after surgery and my BS just looked at me. Hey, I maybe doubled over in pain but that does not mean that I should have on whatever is handy. My BS also wears designer clothes which I appreciate. A former designer I appreciate the thought.

      over 5 years ago
    • VSB's Avatar

      Good for you! My mother had ovarian cancer and always got up in the morning, put on her nice clothes, makeup, everything. Her chemo was a 5 day process so she was at the cancer center from Monday morning to Friday evening. She was always dressed.

      over 5 years ago
    • amontoya's Avatar

      Rock on! I bet you look GREAT!

      over 5 years ago
    • MelMom's Avatar

      Thank you all for your feedback, it's good to know I'm not the only one that thinks this way. It's a small thing, but it can turn into a huge thing if we let it, or if we let cancer take this away from us. I am trying to keep living my life and not let things change too much!

      over 5 years ago
    • Barknwoof's Avatar

      Good for you! When I lost my lashes I gave up on makeup, but I found myself wearing more tie-dye!

      over 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I am not a person who dresses up much, but I like your attitude! I do get up and put on a smile, get a shower, and walk out with a victorious attitude in my slouchy (aka comfy) clothes. Sometimes I put on what little makeup I wear; sometimes I don't but cancer doesn't get to make the choice for me. I'm so glad that you spit in its face and laughed it out of town by not letting it get you down!!! Of course I am no doctor and there are no studies that I know of that support my contention, but I firmly believe a fighting spirit and ;positive attitude go a long way to beating this monster. Best of luck!

      over 5 years ago

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