For Argentine cancer patients, makeup classes can make a big difference
For cancer patients dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of the disease, even looking in the mirror can be difficult. When chemotherapy robs you of your hair, it's common to feel that a part of your identity has gone missing as well. "Look Good Feel Better" is a program that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care to cancer patients. It provides an opportunity for beauticians to share their skills, for companies to donate skin care and beauty products and for people with cancer to find some hope.
The idea began 25 years ago in the U.S., where more than 700,000 women have participated, and it has spread to 24 other countries. Argentina was the first Latin American nation to launch it, in 1999, and it has since grown to 100 sites across the country.
For Mariela Steinberg, 38, it has made all the difference. She's had multiple surgeries in a yearlong fight with uterine and cervical cancer, and was shocked at first to look in the mirror. "You see a face, but you don't recognize it as your own. But now I can say, little by little, I am beginning to adapt," she said during a two-hour class.