Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest Post: Nail Care to Help Boost Confidence

 Hello Lab Partners!

Today, we have a special post by Jackie Clark, who the outreach coordinator at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Nail polish may seem frivolous to some, but we at The Polish Lab know that nail care can serve very important purposes, one of which is helping those with serious illnesses to feel better about themselves. We're pleased to have Jackie share some tips on how you can use your love of nail care to help those suffering from illnesses, and feel free to comment with any additional tips or experiences you've had with using nail polish to help boost someone's confidence.

Nail Care to Help Boost Confidence
By: Jackie Clark

One of the most difficult trials in life can be facing a possibly terminal illness. Illnesses such as cancer, including mesothelioma, can bring a person’s self confidence to a plummeting free fall. Given the treatments as well as their side effects and the concerns over what sort of mesothelioma life expectancy they may be looking at, it’s not a surprise that many women have a tendency to allow their selves to slip in certain areas of their appearance. One area that tends to be overlooked in such cases is nail care.

Nail care may not seem like such a large area of consideration when a person is suffering from cancer, the fact is that it’s the small touches, such as having attractive nails, which can help boost a woman’s spirits in an otherwise bleak time. While this is why it’s so important for a woman suffering from an illness to take the time for her self to be pampered, even if it is just taking the time to polish manicure and polish her nails. While this may seem like a trivial thing, the fact is that the little bit of time that it takes can make a big difference in how a woman suffering from such an illness can feel; especially during a time when her morale needs all the boosting it can get.

Taking the time needed for nail pampering isn’t as difficult as one might think. Many believe that nail care means going to a salon for a full manicure and pedicure, but it’s easy to make a fun girls’ day out of it with friends and family members. Imagine the excitement of having a group of female friends and family members together for a girls’ day of beauty. It’s simple to organize: simply get together a set of manicure and pedicure kits for all of your guests, and have everyone bring their favorite shades of nail polish and foot soak; you’ll also want to have everyone bring their own tub for soaking their feet. When the day arrives, simply enjoy yourselves-- and the best part is that you have helped her, a loved one, to feel a little better about their situation and given them a boost of confidence. 


  1. I haven't had anyone close to me go through cancer, but this is such a great idea. It's the little things that make those suffering feel better. I will definitely keep this in mind.

  2. MariJo--it's so true that there are little things we can do to help those who are ill to feel a little better. Sometimes, I think we get so overwhelmed by the magnitude of serious illnesses such as cancer, that we feel there's nothing we can do. We may not be able to make the disease go away, but there are certainly little things we can do to lift someone's spirits. :)

  3. nice! x

    p.s. I'm having a giveaway from fox house if you'd like to check it out. :)

  4. My sister suffered and succumbed to breast cancer after 8 long years. I did her nails for her regularly because YES it's the little things that help boost morale. When you are a woman suffering from hair loss and having your body ravaged by poisonous drugs meant to kill your cancer you need all the help you can get to boost you up!

  5. Wow, what a great post and an idea... I work with a lot of cancer patients and it brings ne down sometimes... Nice to know that we can help make their last days or weeks a little brighter...