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Sep 15, 2009 1:56 PM by Veronica White

Cancer Survivors Get Makeovers

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Five local ladies were primped and pampered Tuesday morning in the Mall of Acadiana. They are different ages, different races, and have different occupations, but they all have one thing in common: they are cancer survivors.

"Makeovers for Miles" was put on by the Sephora at the Mall of Acadiana, and Miles Perret Cancer Services.

Mandy Landry was one of the survivors. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 40 years old, and for 2 years this mother of two battled the disease. She lost her head hair and half of her eyelashes, and gained weight. This was hard for her, but she did not have the energy to help herself.

"You get very depressed, you feel sorry for yourself... you just don't care what your look like, what you're doing, about anything," she said.

She has gone through 2 masectomies and chemotherapy and is ready to start her life over, and this makeover is one of the first steps.

"They need that push to bring that beauty out again," said Dana Marie Shay, who did Mandy's makeup.

They left the store with roses and gift bags, and in a few days their photos will be put up in the store as proof of them moving towards a normal life again.

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