Female Cancer Patients learn to ‘Look Good, Feel Better’

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –For as long as she can remember, 62 year old Pamela Fowler has taken pride in her appearance.

“I like to look good all the time,” Fowler said. “That’s just the way I am, the way I’ve always been.”

And she’s still that way, even after being diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in March of this year.

She’s gone through several rounds of chemotherapy treatments, and has suffered the painful side effects.

“You can’t just crawl up in a corner, you have to fight for your life,” she said. “And when you have been diagnosed with cancer, you will do anything to save your life.”

62 year old breast cancer patient Pamela Fowler attended a Look Good Feel Better session at the Coast

al Cancer Center Monday afternoon.

Nearly 800,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Many of them, like Fowler, will undergo chemotherapy, which can be extremely painful and have severe physical side effects – perhaps the most noticeable being hair loss.

The American Cancer Society has a program to help women deal with it, and look good in the meantime.

‘Look Good Feel Better’ teaches makeup techniques to help cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

“Just knowing ‘yes, I’m going to have eyebrows, and I’ll know how to do it, and I won’t look ridiculous,’” said cosmetologist Tami Floyd-Fogleman.

Floyd-Fogleman has volunteered with Look Good Feel Better for 22 years, and says she still learns from the women who come through.

“I’m actually learning now that there’s so much hope,” she said. “I’m seeing people diagnosed with stage four and they’re actually surviving, and getting through it.”

Each woman receives a bag of cosmetics valued at more than $300.

It’s all donated to the American Cancer Society by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.

During the class, cosmetologists teach them how to maximize what they have using makeup.

More than that, many of the women say the best part is just having the chance to forget about cancer.

“It’s wonderful because everybody can relate, and you know you’re not the only one,” Fowler said.

They’re all fighting cancer, together, and looking good while they do it.

“I know that we’re all positive people, and we’re in this journey together,” Fowler said. “And it is a journey, and we’re all fighters. I can tell.”

The American Cancer Society offers the Look Good Feel Better class at least once a month in both Myrtle Beach and Florence.

To learn more or sign up, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

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