“I did everything you’re supposed to do,” says Linda Lancaster-Carey. She had yearly checkups and tests to screen for breast cancer. Ten years ago, her tests came back positive for stage-3 breast cancer. Three-and-a-half years ago, she was diagnosed as metastatic.
“When I had chemotherapy for the first time, my eyebrows didn’t really grow back,” says Lancaster-Carey. “When I look in the mirror, I don’t look at the rest of my face, I just see my eyebrows. It’s nice to have eyebrows.” Unfortunately, hair loss is a common symptom of cancer treatment. While some women choose to embrace it, others turn to makeup to help them feel like themselves again.
“I felt like I needed to wear more makeup,” she says. “I wasn’t self-conscious about it at all, because that’s just sort of part of the package, but I liked to draw my eyebrows on.” Now, Lancaster-Carey wears vivid lipstick when she wants to feel strong. “It makes me feel powerful in a really weird way,” she says. “I don’t know why a color of lipstick would make me feel that way, but it does and I’ll take it.”
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