I Care: Cancer survivor volunteers to help patients look good and feel better

09/30/2013 12:00 AM

09/29/2013 11:12 PM

Some wear hats to conceal their baldness; others are nauseated from chemotherapy. Evelyn Holley brings along two daughters; all three women were recently diagnosed with breast cancer. But Randy Smedley knows how to make them feel better. Women at the “Look Good ... Feel Better” makeover session, a free patient service provided by the American Cancer Society, receive bright fuchsia bags of cosmetics donated by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation. With help from the National Cosmetology Association, Smedley shares makeup tips specific to cancer patients, like how to cover dark circles under your eyes or sketch in natural-looking eyebrows. Patients learn to make head scarves from cut off T-shirts and where to find a wig bank. A cancer survivor, Smedley knows how feeling beautiful can have a profound effect on the inner healing process. “When you think you look well, I think it improves your whole outlook,” she says.

To suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact lsterling@sacbee.com.

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