Gwen's Tips & Fave Product

Here's a few words of wisdom, tips & hacks from a 6 1/2 year Breast Cancer Survivor

The number one thing I learned:  Put yourself first.  Say – No, I don’t want to go!  Say – Yes, I do need help!  Especially if you must go to work and/or are caring for your family, allow those close to you to be there for you.  Listen to your body:  Sleep past the alarm when you can.  Eat chocolate if that’s what you want!  If something feels truly off, let your doctor know – don’t be a martyr!  SELF-care is NOT SELFish!

My favorite products:  The only time I cried after my diagnosis was when I realized I was going to lose my hair.  So, for me, getting a wig was the best option.  But what I didn’t realize was that I was going to lose all of my body hair.  False eyelashes weren’t for me, I just found them frustrating.  But when I used a black eye pencil placed on the lash line it gave the illusion that I had lashes.  And Benefit Gimme Brow eyebrow pencil and eyebrow gel gave the illusion that I had eyebrows.  I wore it every day even if I wasn’t leaving the house because I didn’t like to see that sick person when I looked in the mirror.

Follow this rule:  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! My cancer treatment was pre-Covid, so the rules are likely different now, but talk to people going through the same thing.  And if there isn’t anyone sitting next to you in the chemo waiting room, find an online community!  Those in the trenches with you can become forever friends!

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Find things that lift your spirits or take you out of your own head:  binge watch your favorite shows, read the best sellers that have been sitting unread on your bookshelf and catch up on the movies you’ve missed.  And if you like knitting or puzzles, put on your favorite music while you work on your project.