Young Breast Cancer Survivor in Austin, Texas – Cancer Update: Wigs and Makeup with Look Good Feel Better Cancer Program
Last week was a rough week. I was feeling great Monday, but then Tuesday I came down with something. I was achy, got mouth sores, and had a low-grade fever. Since my white blood count was low I had to go on antibiotics and get IV hydration. I was so hungry, but couldn’t eat anything because my throat and tongue hurt so bad. got pretty tired of smoothies and milkshakes. Finally, yesterday I was able to eat real food. I feel so much better now.
Look Good Feel Better Cancer Program for Cancer Patients
Did you know there are a lot of freebies for breast cancer patients? I signed up for a class through the American Cancer Society. It is called Look Good Feel Better. I was by far the youngest person there. There was one woman who looked to be in her 70s, 2 in their 50s maybe, and one maybe late 40s.
We did get a nice big bag full of brand name cosmetics. The instructor talked about how to apply eye makeup and make it look like you have eyelashes. She also showed how to draw on fake eyebrows. She drew some on me, even though I still have my eyebrows. I thought I looked kind of silly. The pencil she used was too dark for me.
Free Wigs for Cancer Patients at the American Cancer Society
After the class, I drove over to the American Cancer Society main building. I was told they would give me a free wig. My hair is slowly starting to come out. I’m not yet getting clumps, but I do get quite a few strands when I run my fingers through.
The people there were very nice. This one woman spent a lot of time with me trying on different wigs. She said I was allowed to pick 2 wigs and 2 hats. I got a blond wig and a red wig. When she first pulled out the red wig, I wasn’t so sure I wanted red, but it actually looked decent on me. She also went over a lot of the different services they have available. Anyway, I was very impressed with the ACS.
I’m trying to enjoy the next few days. Thursday, I have another round of chemo. Since my white blood cells were so low this cycle (they did finally go up, by the way) the doctor is going to give me a Neulasta shot the day after chemo to help with my white blood cell count. have heard it can cause some bone pain, so I’m not looking forward to that. If it helps me stay healthier I’m willing to do though.
How To Make Cancer Fun
I showed Evan the wigs and hats I got. He was very excited and wanted to try them on.
If you know anyone having a mastectomy or other breast surgery, these breast cancer recovery shirts are a must-have.
Rachel K. Belkin, M.Ed, is a journalist and writer with over 15 years of expertise in travel, business and marketing education, health, and local Austin, Texas events.
With a Master's degree in education from Texas State University and a Business Foundations Certification from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Rachel's extensive background is highlighted by her published works and contributions to prestigious publications, including HuffPost, Hometalk, Matador Network, AP News, and MSN.com, as well as on her own platforms, Rachel K. Belkin, Elkin Bay, and Probe the Globe.
Beyond her accomplishments in writing, Rachel is a sought-after educator, teaching businesses effective marketing strategies and content creation techniques. Notably, she successfully built a blog from scratch in 2008, ultimately selling it for six figures in 2021.
Rachel's commitment to advocacy is exemplified by her role on the Breast Cancer Resource Center Advisory Council, particularly contributing to the success of the Young Survivor Project. Rachel is also an experienced public speaker with appearances on TV segments for Fox 7 Austin, KXAN, and CBS Austin and as a speaker at conferences and professional networking meetings for business owners and cancer survivors.