LOOKING UP: A Complete Program for Looking and Feeling Your Best for the Recovering Cancer Patient by Suzy Kalter

LOOKING UP: A Complete Program for Looking and Feeling Your Best for the Recovering Cancer Patient

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A real boost: matter of fact, realistic assistance for recovering cancer patients and others on health and beauty matters. Kalter (The Complete Book of Dallas) is straightforward and encouraging: ""This is a fact of life: sick people look sick. You cannot expect to look like your 'old' self while you are ill or undergoing chemotherapy."" So what to do? ""Your goal now is to look the best you can and not make yourself nuts about it."" And Kalter sails ahead: detailed advice on hair care (how to keep it, what to do if it falls out), wigs (lots of photos to illustrate, all of real--smiling and confident--patients), and skin and makeup (even a section on inpatient versus outpatient makeup regimens). Kalter goes on to such ""Private Talk"" as breast reconstruction and mastectomy; caring for an ostomy; and gynecologic matters. A diet and exercise section includes basic, sound pointers as well as post-mastectomy exercises, and ""Feeling Good"" looks at emotional matters and where to find support. Kalter is encouraging without glossing over problems, and has an unwavering sense of perspective: ""Your life changes when you become a cancer patient, you must expect your looks to change as well. . .accept the terms of your current situation and then fight back where it makes sense."" The bottom line? ""A few wrinkles are meaningless in a fight of life over death."" The absolute best kind of beauty advice.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1987
Publisher: McGraw-Hill