Headwear Choices During Chemo

     There was a time when your choice of headwear for hair loss due to chemotherapy was either a simple scarf tied behind the ears or a wig.
     Times have changed!  Now you can choose from stylish long pre-tied scarves with elastic backs to help hold them in place to soft knit snoods (somewhere between a pre-tied scarf and a turban)….  Or how about trying a wonderful soft two-toned turban for a spin around town.  Hats with hairpieces attached make quite a fashion statement (available at www.headcovers.com) as do hats alone.  Most hats designed for hair loss are soft yet durable providing cool protection form the sun.  AND, of course, there are great wigs in so many choices of styles and colors also.
     If you choose a scarf, snood or turban try using a small should pad attached with a body adhesive called “It Stays” to the crown of your head (you can find it at www.amoena.com under accessories).  It will add height giving the illusion of hair being underneath.
     Make certain any scarf or turban knots are slightly off-center otherwise you may emphasize your nose more than you want.  Slightly off-center is more eye-catching and dramatic also. 
     For more ideas or to talk with me personally, go to www.bridges2beauty.net and read about my e-book Beauty During the Cancer Journey or contact me to schedule a time to chat.
     During a time in your life when it seems everything is out of your control – here is one thing you can have complete control over… AND have some great fun with it!
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen    


Light Heartwarming

To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your posessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of Christ; to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God’s out-of-doors – these are little guideposts on the footpath to peace. – Henry Van Dyke
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

The End of Summer

      Fall is in the air and with it comes a time of reflection on fun times had with friends and family. 
      Seasons come and go and so it is with our lives.
      If you are in a place of struggle at this time – this season will pass
      Or perhaps you are in a place of great success – this season will pass
      Maybe this is a time of great transition for you – this season will pass
      BUT without the seasons there would not be opportunity for growth …
      and then our lives would stay in winter forever.
 caring for you,
 Carin g Hansen

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caring for you,
Carin G Hansen / breast cancer survivor, writer, speaker and image coach

Modest Dressing

     As a quick refresher from Friday’s blog,  modesty is defined as: a special characteristic in dress, speech or conduct – not bold, or self-asserting: but instead being cautious not to offend.

     So, what are some ways we may offend with our dressing?  Well, first of all we need to always dresss appropriately for whatever the occasion may be. 
     For instance if you are headed to a wedding you must be cautious not to “out-do” the  bride.  Or  perhaps you are going into a business meeting where you are an integral part but not the CEO.  You need to dress professionally and tastefully making certain you do not call more attention to yourself than your role dictates. 
     However, the most important way we, as women, may offend with our dressing is when we do not show respect for the men around us.  Whether that be your husband, male friends, boy-friends, fellow workers or male bosses – modesty shows repect to men and men respond to respect.  Respect means to value, admire and show consideration for. 
     Unfortunately in today’s society women are not taught to show respect in either their actions or their fashion choices.  All men are wired to respond to a woman’s body.  That is how God created them so that mankind would pro-create and not become extinct.  However, as women we are not to push a man’s sexual buttons in public arenas or with men who are not our spouses.  
     Dressing mysteriously and sensually can be alright with men we are dating or engaged to.  Even then, though, we must be cautious not to offend.  Be sure you are respecting them.  You do not want to be responsible for making them respond to you in ways that are inappropriate. 
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Important vs Urgent

   I was reminded today to never lose sight of the important things in life for the sake of getting the urgent things accomplished.  It is a never ending balancing act.   The “important” nudges us but the “urgent” screams at us.
   The “urgent” does not generally change our lives for the good OR enrich the lives of those around us…
   The “important” is what will grow and change us and that is what we will be remembered for!
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Modesty Anyone?

     The following four words relate to fashion and style.  Let’s see how close you come to the true definition of each of these words…

Sex – sexually suggestive or stimulating

Sensual – having a strong sensory appeal (sight, smell and touch – in that order)

Mysterious – exciting wonder or curiosity

Modest – a special characteristic in dress, speech or conduct – not bold, or self-asserting, but instead being cautious not to offend.

     Wow!  I bet that last one surprised some of you!  Modesty as it relates to fashion and style has gotten a bum rap.  Read the definition again.  Shouldn’t that be the goal of each of us?  To dress in a stylish, attractive way that does not bring undo attention to us…but rather flatters our coloring and bodies…while being careful not to offend those around us. 
     Monday’s blog will be about different ways we may offend with our clothing choices.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Gifts for friends part II

     The following ist of items can be given individually or in a lovely gift basket for a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.  It is wise to choose lotions and potions that are fragrance free since many cancer patients have a low tolerance to odors during treatment.  You might also want to ask a family member if she has any skin sensitivities or allergies.
1. Nightcaps: homemade or purchased  
         This is a wonderful gift for you friend if her treatment will cause her to lose her hair.   Be sure the fabric is soft and washable and that any elastic is covered and not too tight.  Ask her what pretty color or pattern she would like if you are making hte nightcap…or surprise her!
2.  Nightgowns or robes that open in the front  
         Ease in dressing is extremely important both during any hospital stays and once she is home.
3.  Extra moisturing body lotion
         Keep the ingredients as natural as possible
4.  A natural bristle hair brush that has extra soft bristles
         Again, this is if your friend will lose her hair with treatment.  She (or you) can lightly brush her head to stimulate healthy new growth AND it feels great! 
5.  Purchase my short e-book Beauty During the Cancer Journey
         In it she will find support and help in beauty related issues…and it is simple reading.
6.  Lastly, how about a beautiful bouquet of silk flowers to match the colors of her home. 
         She won’t have an allergic reaction to them and no one will have to remember to water them. 

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Gifts for friends

     I often get asked for ideas on how to encourage a woman going through cancer treatment. 

     First of all…be specific.  A willingness to help in any way she needs is often overwhelming.  She may not have the energy to address and think through what all her needs are.  Take the time to look at her home, family, medical and social needs.  Then give her a small list of thing you can either do or help with. 
     Second, if you have a personal care skill such as hairdressing, manicuring or massaging, offer your services for a session free of charge.  Come to her home if at all possible.  Any of these things will delight her!   All of us know there is nothing like a little pampering when we don’t feel our best.
     On Wednesday I will give a list of great gift ideas so be sure to check back.  You can also check out my e-book  Beauty During the Cancer Journey.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen