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Stress & the Automatic Face Lift

With an upcoming video shoot at the NBCF Headquarters in a few hours, the timing was unacceptable to have a sinus cold. As I awoke with head spinning and blurry eyes, I thought, I’m going to have to stay in bed a while longer this morning to shake this loose.

11:00 – I forced myself to get out of bed to start getting ready. The shoot was at 2:00 p.m., so I had plenty of time.

1:00 – While walking around my house in slow motion and still not ready, I finally sat down and called the office to postpone the shoot until the next day.

1:30 – I flipped on the TV while buttering an English muffin. If I’m going to stay in this afternoon, I might as well watch some day-time TV, I thought.

A long-standing soap opera was playing. “I haven’t seen this in ages,” I said aloud. “I remember this guy. He hasn’t aged in 20 years.” Then I noticed his face was stretched so tightly that he never changed expressions during the entire dramatic scene.

I thought about all of the soaps I have managed to dodge during the past few years: The Guiding Lies, The Botox and the Beautiful, The Not-So-Young and the Rested.

How Beautiful Do You Have To Be, Anyway?

Are we so caught up in the world of beauty that we think the scars of breast cancer mar our looks for life? Don’t get me wrong. I do like to take stock of my face now and then, a good indicator of stress levels.

As I was growing up, I never remember my mother failing to remove her make-up at night before bedtime. Personally, I hate getting caught without make-up. Do you remember the words from the song, Mary in the Morning? “ Nothing’s quite as pretty, as Mary in the morning.” That’s not my early morning story.

One time I was slipping outside to take out the trash, bare-faced and looking not-so-hot. Naturally, the new neighbors arrived at the trash barrels at the same time, so I had to introduce myself. “Sorry,” I said, “I’m the ugly twin sister. My beautiful sister will be out in a few minutes.”

Put Your Best Face Forward

Stress is so much like a poison, that you can feel it moving through your body as it tenses your muscles. USA Today reports that 10-15 minutes of laughing per day can burn off a medium square of chocolate or 4.4 lbs. per year. Oh, glory be!

When I let happiness come out of me, I can feel it burst inside of me with explosions of joy. That’s when humor leaks out. So, ladies, if you are feeling depressed about having encountered breast cancer, here is my advice for you:

Put Your Best Face Forward

While putting on your make-up today, have a laugh and a Hershey Kiss.

Thought for Today:

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.” –Barbara Enberg

Live Life,


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