Breast cancer can drum up many complex emotions and thoughts for those who are newly diagnosed, especially around body image. Barbara Musser, CEO and founder of Sexy After Cancer, writes about the importance of defining your own beauty and invites you to learn how to do this by joining us for our free webinar at noon ET/11 a.m. CT on Tuesday, May 20, held in partnership with Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City.
Dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is a big challenge that goes on for quite a while. On top of that, it’s easy to feel like less of a woman, especially with altered or removed breasts, instant menopause resulting from chemo or hormonal therapies and other physical changes that can happen. There’s not a lot of conversation about our body image, self-esteem and self-love and our intimate and sexual lives. And yet these are the subjects that have the most to do with the quality of our lives.
It’s the elephant in the room that no one mentions. Partly it’s because these aren’t easy topics to broach and partly because we don’t know to ask about them if we don’t know what to expect. You may have experienced this spiral.
What does it mean to be a woman, a woman who has experienced breast cancer? What matters and what are love, beauty and intimacy about now, especially when things don’t feel or work as they did before cancer. How do you go on from here, accept, integrate and evolve into the gorgeous woman that you are?
If you want to know how to feel beautiful and desirable and how to define beauty and sexiness on your terms, there is some inner excavation to do. We live in a culture with a narrow definition of beauty, and that defines sexiness based on beautiful breasts. Think of the ads you see during the Super Bowl and how sex is used to sell products. To grow beyond these norms takes courage, a commitment to go deep and see what you’re really made of. It’s not a faint-hearted path, and it’s totally worth the time, energy and tears.
I say it’s time for every woman to experience her own beauty on her terms. Together we can end the feeling of somehow not being enough ~ not pretty enough, not sexy enough, not perfect. Doing this is liberating and empowering and you can do it if you know how.
I’ve been on this journey for 25 years and am eager to share what I’ve discovered with you. We all have an Aphrodite inside. She is an archetype, something that represents those qualities broadly. Aphrodite was the Greek Goddess of beauty, love and sexual rapture. Even if you have never experienced these qualities in yourself, now is the time! There are tools and processes you can use to discover and create your personal beauty and radiance. You’ll learn several on the May 20 webinar and will learn things you can begin to do immediately to inspire your sense of beauty, love and intimacy.
This webinar will be packed with information and it will be fun! Join me on May 20 at noon ET/11 a.m. CT so that you can listen in and ask questions. I’m looking forward to our time together!