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Be the Change You'd Like to See in the World

By: Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: June 9, 2008, from the December 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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In this issue, Teresa Paquin writes about this very topic in the feature “Skin Care With Compassion.” She details her own personal accounts of working with cancer patients in the spa, helping to boost their self-esteem and spirits. Ironically, Teresa pitched this article to me on the very same day that I received this letter from my aunt. It told me that this is an important message that needs to be shared.

My aunt says that the words of her former stylist still resonate with her, “and every time I look in the mirror, I wonder if my hair really does look as bad as she said it did. Having part of your body cut off and then losing your hair is a traumatic experience, no matter how strong you are or how well you are coping with your illness,” she notes. “Your self-esteem and sense of self take a profound hit, and remain fragile for a long time. It doesn’t take much sometimes when you are still vulnerable to lose that sense of strength and well-being that you have worked so hard to develop.”

She also told me that if her experience can help anyone else, then something good will have come of it. I hope that by sharing this message with you, that it has. Sensitivity needs to be kept on the front burner. My aunt has a new stylist now with whom she shares mutual respect, and this past experience will be filed away in the archives of her memory. She ended her letter to me with the quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” What a great outlook to have on life.

Until next month,

Melinda Taschetta-Millane