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ST. MARYS â€“ Local St. Marys salon Shear Envy and its owner and stylist Cari Wortman teaches the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Look Good Feel Better program to help women battling cancer to improve their appearance and self-image.
â€śThe program helps women understand the changes in their hair and skin that may occur during treatment,â€ť Wortman said. â€śThis helps the patients overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.â€ť
Wortman began offering the program six years ago because she loves reaching out and helping others.
â€śI started volunteering about six years ago as an active trained and certified cosmetologist,â€ť Wortman said. â€śWith being a cosmetologist I already had the knowledge of working with the public about hair and skin care.â€ť
The program offers a coping mechanism during a difficult time. â€śThis program is important because it lets the women know they are not alone in their battle with cancer,â€ť Wortman said. â€śItâ€™s a wonderful support group even if they wish to just sit and talk to others about their individual cancer experience.
â€śThroughout the years I have helped many of the patients and they all seem to leave the program with a smile on their face,â€ť Wortman said. â€śSome have gotten overwhelmed with joy knowing there are people out there like me volunteering their time. I enjoy working with the cancer patients, talking to them and helping them with products and materials for their self-image during cancer.â€ť
The Look Good Feel Better program offers a two hour hands-on workshop that includes details and demonstrations on skin care, makeup, hair loss, wigs, turbans, and also nail care. The classes are held at the Sacred Heart Activity Center in St. Marys. The next class will be held on Thursday May 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program is for any woman undergoing cancer treatments. To pre-register call 1-888-227-5445.
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, May 3, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.