We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2012 Issue

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After several months of "tweaking" my medicines, I began to feel better and needed less sleep. That's when I looked in a mirror. My face and body were puffy. Wrinkles and lines were evident around my eyes and lips. My skin was dry and flaking. My eyebrows had disappeared, and my eyelashes were sparse. My hair was thinning and breaking off. My whole face had slipped south. I kept thinking, I'm too young to feel this old! I was 51. I bought line fillers, "magic" makeup, and expensive creams and tried to regain the face I was familiar with.

Today, three years later, I'm no longer shocked when I see myself in a mirror. I'm taking better care of myself, and my stress level has been lowered exponentially. I've added meditation to my daily regimen of face creams and vitamins for healing and acceptance. I still have pain, but I'm able to deal with it a little better. I've learned not to compare myself with another woman my age, and that's a critical point we should all strive for in order to accept ourselves and have inner peace.

I can look in the mirror today and I see my familiar face again, along with the indelible markings of a life lived.
--Cindy McPeak

First Published April 25, 2012

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Jess0625 07.07.2012

I wanted to respond to Lesley Jane Seymour's letter from the Editor about The contradictions of aging. I think that since there is a huge number of women aging that the Make up Community needs to stand and take notice. There are a number of Companies making exceptional aging products for our beautiful over 50 faces and my main gripe is that they only use 20 year olds in all of the on air and print adds. I know that "youth sells". But in this case I believe that the large population of women would appreciate seeing someone like us, the over 50 wonders, on TV and in adds. Proper skin care and makeup make such a wonderful difference in looking our best in our over 50 faces, I get frustrated that no believes that someone my age (51) can sell their products, I mean seriously it takes nothing to make a 20 something look beautiful, so imagine if women saw me in a before and after photo, trust me they work and I do look 10 times better with them on than I do without them, so those products would fly off the shelf and isn't what they want after all? Does anyone know anyone at these companies that I could pitch this idea too?

Sally 06.09.2012

Loved the memoir by Anna Quindlen, "Aging Gratefully". This will be one for the "pro" section of my More list of favorites. Must buy the book and share with all my "young" friends. Sally Jayes


I AM VERY UPSET ABOUT THE CHOICES OF PRIDE OF LIONESS. WHAT HAS ANN ROMNEY DONE TO DESERVE A PLACE ON THIS LIST AND MICHELLE OBAMA BE OMITTED. I FEEL I CAN NOT LONGER SUPPORT THIS MAGAZINE IF BLATANT POLITICS ARE PART OF SELECTION,LIKE THIS. PLEASE REFUND WHAT MONEY I HAVE LEFT ON MY SUBSCRIPTION AND CLOSE MY ACCOUNT.

04.25.2012

Thank you for Anna Quindlen's article "Aging Gratefully" Wonderful!
How can I get a digital copy of this article?
MORE is my favorite magazine. You always seem to have at least one article with substance. Thanks!

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