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Jul 14, 2014 9:00 PM by Jennifer Lira - jlira@kristv.com

Cancer Patients Given Free Makeup Class

CORPUS CHRISTI - Hair loss and changes in skin texture and appearance are common side effects of cancer treatments. For patients, especially women, the physical changes can cause confidence issues.

Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, the "Look Good Feel Better" program offers free makeup classes and products for women undergoing cancer treatment. A group of women were invited to the Christus Spohn Cancer Center today to participate in a free class.

Each lady was given a bag filled with makeup products and then instructed on how to apply the products. Many of the women had lost their eyebrows and eyelashes. They were given tips on how to fill-in new eyebrows.

Suzanne Dilst had just moved to Corpus Christi when she found out her cancer had returned in both breasts last year. With no job and no money, Dilst moved into the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. She's working hard to get healthy and get back on her feet. She was excited to get a mini makeover today.

"I am just so grateful to Nueces County because not only do I have a chance to reunite with my family," said Dilst. "I do have a chance at life again and a much better life".

The goal of the free makeup class is simple -- help the ladies look good and feel better.

Bonnie Ashlock also attended the makeup class.

"I think this is really nice and it really does make you feel better and I'm gonna make my husband take me out to eat tonight," said Bonnie Ashlock.

Ashlock says it's important to stay positive. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. She says her kids and family took it really hard when she started losing her hair because of chemotherapy.

"So, I went and shaved it into a mohawk and it made them laugh. And my 6-year old grandson decided he wanted a mohawk, too." said Ashlock.

Ashlock and Dilst learned new ways to apply eye makeup and add color to their cheeks and, surrounded by other women fighting cancer, they were reminded that they aren't alone.

"Just have a great day and keep on smiling," said Ashlock.

The "Look Good Feel Good" program is open to women and men undergoing cancer treatment. For more information, call the local American Cancer Society office at (361) 857-0136 or click here.

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