ST. MARYS â€“ Local St. Marys salon Shear Envy and its owner and stylist Cari Wortman teach the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Look Good Feel Better program to help women battling cancer improve their appearance and self-image.
â€śThe program helps women understand the changes in their hair and skin that may occur during treatment,â€ť Wortman said. â€śThis helps the patients overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.â€ť
Wortman began offering the program six years ago because she loves reaching out and helping others.
â€śI started volunteering about six years ago as an active trained and certified cosmetologist,â€ť Wortman said. â€śWith being a cosmetologist I already had the knowledge of working with the public about hair and skin care.â€ť
The program offers a coping mechanism during a difficult time. â€śThis program is important because it lets the women know they are not alone in their battle with cancer,â€ť Wortman said. â€śItâ€™s a wonderful support group even if they wish to just sit and talk to others about their individual cancer experience.