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Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way, whether it was you who received the diagnosis or a friend or family member. The treatments and stress can be hard to handle, but sometimes it's the little things that can make all the difference.

"I haven't been able to wear makeup in years," Gloria Galvin of Cheney told KHQ. "This is my second time with breast cancer."

Galvin just learned in July she's now in a new fight against an aggressive form of the disease.

Monday, she was one of several women who took a little time out for herself and attended the "Look Good, Feel Better" class, designed to help women fighting cancer learn about makeup and beauty techniques.

Across the table from Galvin, Carla Heater of Colville was also at the class with her daughter. She was just diagnosed with breast cancer in July and had a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, then began losing her hair after chemotherapy.

"I heard I'm going to lose my eyebrows so I'm going to have to figure out how to put new ones on," she told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "There's nothing fun about cancer, so it's nice to be able to have something positive to do."

The instructors are volunteer estheticians or cosmetologists – like Melissa Anderson.

"My mom is a breast cancer survivor, three years now, and when she was at the end of her treatment, she went to a ‘Look Good, Feel Better' class," Anderson explained. "We do have some moments where the [women] do get really emotional. This is like a support system."

Inside the makeup bags provided by cosmetics companies, you'll find lipstick and mascara. But dig a little deeper; for women like Gloria and Carla, there's a little confidence in that makeup bag. It's a chance to forget about the doctors and tests, and simply feel beautiful again.

"It's just part of fighting back," Heater added.

So, with every brush of the blush and swipe of the wand, there's a transformation happening that's really not physical at all.

If you would like to attend the class or volunteer as an instructor, call 509-473-3170.

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