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Looking good means feeling better. . .
This first-ever beauty guide for chemotherapy patients is packed with insider secrets from top stylists and designers like Oribe and Betsey Johnson, dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, and other specialists whose clients include Oprah, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Sharon ...
Looking good means feeling better. . .
This first-ever beauty guide for chemotherapy patients is packed with insider secrets from top stylists and designers like Oribe and Betsey Johnson, dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, and other specialists whose clients include Oprah, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Sharon Stone. Here are pearls of wisdom about a range of topics including:
Maintaining radiant skin, head to toe
Creating a stylish and comfortable wardrobe
Selecting the best makeup and applying it like a pro
Choosing the right wig or headscarf
Combating fatigue, sore muscles, and other side effects
Sustaining positive energy and overcoming fear
Also included are resource lists and inspiring real-life stories from brave, beautiful women who've been there. Empowering and practical, Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls will help you face the mirror—and the world—with courage and confidence.
In her work as a writer, editor, and television producer, breast cancer survivor Marybeth Maida has traveled the world for National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting System, Reuters, NBC, and the Fox News Channel. Debbie Kiederer spent more than twenty years in the cosmetics industry before founding the strategic marketing and web-development firm, ChalkDust Consulting. Both authors live with their husbands and children in the New York City area.
Posted September 25, 2009
Have you or someone you love had to deal with the effects of cancer? If you have you know the feelings of despair and hopelessness. Now there is help. This beautifully researched and written book, Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls, by Marybeth Maida and Debbie Kiederer, can provide solace and information. Consider this book a cancer hotline for the soul of a diagnosed woman or you who support her. If you need to receive or provide guidance ranging from practical answers (how do I pull myself together aesthetically so I can continue to go out and see people) to spiritual support, this book will become a valued resource. Beauty Pearls contains practical information from leading experts on a wide range of issues that affect women who have to undergo chemotherapy. This book is a welcome gift for anyone grappling with the effects of cancer.
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I had high hopes for this book when I read about in my local paper. After reading it I found it a weakly edited and a poorly disguised infomercial for the various websites of the experts and of course that of the authors (Cha-Ching for them). There is no problem for being paid for producing something of value, but that is not the case here. The book has been released suspiciously close to October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. The experts contradict each other on the same page and some of the advice provided can be counterproductive. The book is neither a single resource for options nor does it provide new information. If you are patient, work with your doctor and get the information on what is happening to your body from him/her. Only the doctors know the combination of drugs you are receiving, the cumulative side affects and the best mitigation techniques. The resources (many free) that are noted in the book are available through your medical team and participating hospital. Libraries, web searches for cancer support and hotlines can provide even more information about local organizations. If you are trying to support a patient visit her, go with her to chemo, cook a meal for her family, if there are kids-take them out, or advocate for her with her doctor.
The views in the book are dated with recommendations for retail therapy, the assumption that women making time to read the book have time to give up their jobs, and can wear lounge/casual clothes full time. They seem to focus on upscale wigs, cosmetics, and treatments dismissing drugstores and TV/mass shopping outlets which are full of options and provide liberal return policies. Many large chain drugstores have licensed cosmeticians and private areas for consultations and many hair salons have special needs areas. Oh and by the way Dr.Patricia Wexler, who is heavily quoted in the book and the Yves St. Laurent treatment and beauty lines are affiliated with a TV shopping network.
Several key points:
1.Under no circumstances should you follow the advice in this book over the advice of your doctor.
2.Do not have a pedicure or manicure unless the conditions are surgically clean (one of the experts actually suggests painting your toes with bright colors and wearing cute shoes to take attention away from the face-seriously?): No nippers, no chemical removal of cuticles and bring your own tools and polish. If you must have/need a pedicure the tub should have all filters removed and sterilized, the tub should be sterilized and no razor scraping of skin. Think about Paula Abdul with her arm in a sling because of an infection and her immune system was not affected by chemo.
3.Do not indulge in retail therapy if you are feeling down or depressed; these feelings could be a side effect of the chemo. Call your doctor, friends, or join a support group. The stress of creating debt in the face of medical bills will far outweigh the short term pleasure of the "fabulous bag" and stress should be avoided during chemo. If you need a pair of comfortable flats because your feet hurt, fine, but don't overdo, this is temporary.
4.Please go out and see your friends and family, but if you are in an immune suppressed state avoid crowds, small children if you can, and be sure to check with your doctor regarding your blood work to be sure you can go out safely.
I could go on about how disappointing this book is-Bottom Line: Skip this book. Try the books recommended for a spiritual lift.
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Posted April 17, 2013
I wish I didn't need this book, but boy, am I glad there is such a book out there like this. A great, basic guide to feeling/looking better while battling cancer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2009
If you or someone you know is facing chemotherapy, this is the only book around that will give them what they really, truly need: step by step advice on how to get through. They have spoken to amazing people who are literally the best, biggest and most successful experts in the USA.
Skin problems? Dr. Murad to the rescue! Need a wig? They show you exactly how to find the one that is best for you. There's concrete directions (right down to serving sizes) on what to eat to stay healthy, how to meditate, how to hide figure flaws (from Betsey Johnson among others!) and a whole chapter devoted to sexuality during cancer.
It's all very encouraging and uplifting and incredibly well organized. Their website is also fabulous.
As someone who went through cancer years ago, and is now supporting a relative who is trying to cope, I can say with absolute certainty that this is the best sort of resource -- one I wish I could have had. It's upbeat, honest, informative and very very helpful. I heartily recommend it and can only shake my head at anyone who would suggest this book is anything other than an excellent, valuable and must-have resource. Buy it. You'll be glad you did!
Posted March 13, 2010
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