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Cancer survivors get a make-over for the mind

It's a makeover for the mind and body and a lifesaver for cancer survivors across the country. To help women suffering from the appearance-related side effects of treatment, the American Cancer Society is training cosmetologists and aestheticians to offer free beauty lessons.

Sheila's Wig & Skin Care Salon in Wilmington was recently a local host. Step inside, and you'll find owner Sheila Steele buzzing from one corner to the next as clients come in for wig fittings and beauty consultations.

Each wig costs between $100 and $200 (insurance sometimes covers the cost) but the "Look Good…Feel Better" program is all volunteer based.

Each participant gets a $200 make-up bag (free of charge) and a group consultation on how to improve skin color, apply an artificial eye brow and accentuate eye lashes. Companies like Bobby Brown, L'Oreal and Dove all contribute to the product line.

"I feel like I can walk out and hold my head up," said Helen Glass, a stage 2 breast cancer survivor. "I feel proud and not everyone asks questions like, ‘What happened to you?'"

If the make-up and wig lessons don't make program participants feel better, the feel-good vibes and humor that fills the room certainly will.

Sheila Steele says she started volunteering because of the wonderful feeling that helping others brought.

"I was in tears and I said, ‘My hair is falling out!'" said Connie Greathouse, a stage 3 survivor. "She said, ‘That's fantastic! It means the chemo is working!'"

"Look Good…Feel Better" is offered in a variety of settings in surrounding areas.

Volunteer stylists and make-up artists are all certified and specially training. The American Cancer Society is in need of more professionals to help the program grow.

You can find out more about the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org or calling 1-800-ACS-2345.

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