My interest in skin care goes back as long as I can remember. As a child, I was always trying out a variety of lotions and other skin care products on my family and friends, so it came as no surprise when I became a skin care specialist. During the past three decades, I have worked with patients during their most different health trials and have always encouraged them to continue to keep up their skin care routine during these difficult times to maintain a sense of normalcy.
In the Spring of 2018, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. My prognosis was good, but I had to undergo a series of aggressive treatments, including 16 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. During my treatment, my oncologist informed me that I would need to undergo a form of chemotherapy called “The Red Devil.”
I immediately thought of a few clients I had worked with in the past who had seen permanent skin damage due to this specific type of chemo and immediately started to panic that I would have similar results. It’s funny where our thoughts take us during a time of crisis.
Thankfully, during the past thirty years as a skin care specialist, I have experimented with a wide variety of skin care regimens and remembered that iS CLINICAL has a skin care line safe for cancer treatments that I had seen others have success with. I quickly adopted this line into my routine to help further prevent long term damage to my skin during my battle with cancer. Thankfully, I was able to see a tremendous difference and to help keep my skin strong and healthy.
After my second round of chemo, I lost my hair. As a woman who has always taken pride in her 80’s “big hair” style, I was unsure how I would get through this. Up until that moment, most people couldn’t tell that I had cancer, and suddenly it was now clear to everyone that I was sick. I was determined to get my hair back quickly and started to use my iS CLINICAL serums on my scalp. I figured I had nothing to lose.
During this time, I couldn’t believe the number of compliments I received on my skin. Over the years, I have always taken excellent care of my skin and am a big advocate for using high-quality products. But with no hair, it was much easier to notice my skin. Even my oncologist noticed the difference and encouraged me to continue my daily skin care routine. I’m happy to report that my hair did grow back healthy and strong, although I have learned to embrace the grey and have kept it short.
As I went through my journey with cancer, I made the decision to create a blog documenting my own skin care regimen during my treatments in hopes of helping others in a similar situation. I wanted the blog to be a positive platform to help them regain some control they felt they might have lost during a difficult time. It was also a great way for me to keep in touch with my patients. I was both surprised and humbled by how well the blog was received and have gotten so many messages, saying how inspiring people have found it.
I have always believed, it is not what life throws at you, but how you deal with it that matters most. To this day, I continue to work, exercise, eat well, and follow my iS CLINICAL skin care routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I am happy to say that I am coming up on the first anniversary of having finished my cancer treatments. I know I still have a long way to go to a full recovery, but I feel confident that I will get there. In these days of such uncertainty, it is nice to be able to rely on the results of my iS CLINICAL products!