Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on December 07, 2012 @ 9:33PM
Created on December 07, 2012 @ 6:41PM
Friday was the last day of the Cancer Survivorship Series at UHC. Throughout the week we've been there to hear them talk about eating right, managing stress, movement, and the importance of communication.
Friday's session was called "Looking Your Best for the Holidays". A licensed Cosmetologist from The American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better Program talked to cancer patients and survivors about how taking care of the outside can help you on the inside. Treatments for cancer can cause people to lose their hair, eye lashes, and eyebrows. So Kim Murphy spoke to them about how to to wear a wig or a turban when the hair is lost. She also told them what kinds of make-up can cover up signs of being tired and what colors look the best on different skin tones. Kim stressed that make-up doesn't put a mask on or hide the person you truly are, it just compliments and enhances your natural beauty.
"I think it's important for them that sometimes when you feel run down if you get up and you do a few things to help pick yourself up. Then you feel better and it makes you feel comfortable going through the treatments and the positive attitude helps you to heal more," Kim Murphy.
Any patient who is undergoing cancer treatment could attend the sessions and even those who have beat the disease but still want some advice on how to stay on their feet. Through-out the week the nursing staff along with volunteer speakers have been helping any way they can. Patients told me they're so grateful that the cancer center does this. One man even said he loves the environment because he doesn't feel like he's going to the doctors. He said everyone is just so nice and welcoming.
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