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'It just reenergizes their spirit'

Look Good, Feel Better program kicks off at Harrington

Kelly Cristo participates in the Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital’s Look Good Feel Better program, which teaches beauty tips to cancer patients. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 15, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital is helping to give women living with cancer a reason to smile.

The American Cancer Society sponsored the Look Good Feel Better program on Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14, at the Cancer Center. A licensed esthetician and cosmetologist donated their time to help give beauty tips, such as skin and nail care and how to properly care for and wear a wig.

The bi-monthly event encourages women to sign up in advance so they can find the proper makeup for their skin type. When women are going through treatment at Harrington, they are allowed to choose a free wig, donated by the American Cancer Society.

"The biggest challenge has been the overall physical discomfort of the treatment," said Tammi Roberts, of North Brookfield. "Your everyday vitality and energy is completely gone. So suddenly you feel so vulnerable, or at least I do personally, and scared about a lot of things. It's all about 'hurry up and wait' for the next test. It's just constant worry. It's a journey, but we know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

Although the hospital planned the event to coincide with Valentine's Day, the participants didn't even realize the connection. The hospital planned the event months in advance with the hope to improve the women's outlook on the day.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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