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Debbie’s Story

Debbie’s Story

“My name is Debbie.  I am a lung cancer survivor.  I was diagnosed in 2010 with non-small cell lung cancer.  It doesn’t matter what kind of cancer we are dealing with, we all experience the emotional trauma of the disease.  My story tells of how a small gesture of kindness, a little makeup, a wig, and an evening gown made a difference in my cancer journey.

It was Christmas time.  The company I worked for was having a Christmas party.  I was on my second round of chemo.  I hadn’t put makeup on for months.  I called a retail store that sells makeup and asked if they had anyone who did makeovers and since they did, I made an appointment.  The lady I saw was so kind.  This angel not only did my face flawlessly but gave me false eyelashes and drew eyebrows to replace what was missing.  When I looked in the mirror I saw a glimpse of the old Debbie.  I hadn’t felt pretty in a very long time and realized how much I needed this night.  I went home and put on my long wig (her name was Audrey) and a midnight blue evening gown.  My husband and I had a wonderful night.

I just finished reading the book “The Cancer Effect”.  I couldn’t put it down.  The story draws you in from the very first page.  Having gone through much of what the author experienced with chemo, I immediately connected with her emotional journey.   This book is for everyone; the patient, loved ones and family members, as well as caregivers.  Literally, anyone that has come in contact either directly or indirectly with cancer, which is just about all of us.  I can’t thank Claudia enough for putting her story out there for others.  People really need the comfort of knowing they aren’t alone in their fears and Claudia just nails it!  I can’t recommend it enough!”



Are you a cancer patient or survivor?  Have you gone through a difficult trial or illness?  Please share a portion of your story by emailing me.  It may be just the thing someone else needs to hear.

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