Just because we are ill doesn’t mean that we have to feel ugly and wear frumpy clothes all the time.
As part of our series about chronic illness and body image and self-esteem, we wanted to share with you one of our Pinterest boards. It’s called “Stylin’ Even Though We Are Ill.”
I know how hard it is to try to put together an outfit just to go out for dinner. I only have one pair of shoes, a few pairs of pants (2 that look sloppy) and a handful of shirts. Shopping is nearly impossible. It’s hard to try on clothes, hard to find the size that fits in all the right places, and has buttons and zippers I can manage, in a color that doesn’t wash me out. I understand.
It takes some effort. Actually, a lot of effort perhaps. But you will feel better even a bit by getting out of the frumpy clothes (or the PJs. . . Okay, confession. . . I am writing this in my PJs).
At our Pinterest board I am always collecting clothing ideas, a few shoes that may fit on feet that are tender, makeup tips and more. (There is an awesome video on putting on makeup when on prendisone). This spring we asked everyone on our Facebook page to share their favorite makeup or beauty product that works with her chronic illness and it’s pinned there too. There are some good ones!
Some of the links may help you to feel just a bit more put together.
Want to know one of my personal tips?
I wear a lot of warm but stylish scarves during winter months. Since I live in San Diego, I rarely even wear a coat–(hot flashes help too). Coats are just too hard to get on and off and it takes another person to help me out or I end up stuck in it, near tears.
But I will throw a scarf around my neck when I leave the house, even when I am just wearing a t-shirt. And ta da! I look better already. Plus, if I spill something on myself (it’s been known to happen quite frequently) I have a scarf handy to cover up the stain.
Come on by and visit our Pinterest board on Stylin Even Though We are Ill.
And if you have a tip you find online you think we should share with our audience let us know below and we will add it to the board. Just comment below.
She has spent the last 3 years going down from 20mg of prednisone to 8 and it has been a struggle. She is thankful her face isn’t as puffy, but discouraged that the pounds have not come off, despite how everyone says, “they will just fall off.” Those pounds are clinging to her for dear life and she is trying to eat healthy and focus on what goes into her mouth, instead of what doesn’t. By just sharing the photo above, however, she realizes how far she is coming in being able to accept herself the way she is.
You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.
View all posts in this series
- 4 Struggles A Chronically Ill Woman Has About Her Body Image - July 11, 2013
- Self-Esteem and Chronic Illness: Where Does Faith Come In? - July 17, 2013
- Do You Want to Be Beautiful? Video Reminder - July 18, 2013
- Are We Stylin’ Even Though We Are Ill? - July 19, 2013
- Am I Vain if I Am Stressed Out About My Appearance From Illness? - July 23, 2013
- Are You Able to Laugh at Your Own Body Image? - July 25, 2013
- Songs to Remind You That You are Beautiful! - July 29, 2013