Medford event will pamper cancer fighters

MEDFORD — Local makeup, hair and health professionals will team up Monday at Providence Medford Medical Center to help local women battling cancer to look good and feel better.

Cancer survivors, and those still battling the disease, are encouraged to attend the latest installment of “Look Good, Feel Better," a program that provides a little pampering, some girlfriend time and a few basic lessons in skin care, makeup application and other techniques to help boost self-esteem.

Event volunteer Charla Tauriainen said the best part of the sessions, set from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, is that they provide some needed girl time.

Tauriainen said the event will include a talk about self-care during and after treatment, as well as tips and insight on topics ranging from wigs to drawing in eyebrows lost to chemotherapy.

The classes are held nationwide and online — at — through a collaboration of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation, American Cancer Society and Professional Beauty Association.

Tauriainen, an esthetician and a barber, is one of four local makeup and hair pros who help put the sessions on locally, alternating between Providence Medford Medical Center and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She said the classes are fun for both recipients and volunteers.

“It’s just a great program, and a lot of times they’re sick and don’t show up, but we really look forward to it when they do so we can help them find ways to start feeling better,” she said.

“We teach about sterilization, things they should and shouldn’t do to avoid infections, and some of the cosmetology aspects of skin care for people who are dealing with or recovering from cancer. Sanitation is very important when they’re going through treatment. It’s useful information, and it’s a fun time.

“We give them kits, and we teach them to draw on eyebrows and liner. It’s a lot like playing dress-up, honestly. We get to try on wigs and we all have fun talking,” she added.

“It’s just great fun and a way to introduce the program. Nobody knows a cancer patient like another cancer patient. These women are going through the same thing, so it’s nice to get together and have people to talk to who really know what they’re going through.”

Monday’s class will be held near the cafeteria at Providence. Those interested in attending can call as late as Monday to be included. To sign up, call the American Cancer Society in Medford at 541-779-6092.

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