Giving women confidence as they take on cancer

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new program in Fresno County is helping Latina women with cancer look good and feel better about themselves as they battle the disease.

Sonia Monia started losing her hair during chemotherapy but she refused to lose her confidence.

"I told my son, shave it off. He goes are you sure mom? And I go yea shave it off," said Monia.

She was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in November. Along with beating cancer she said she just wants to be ordinary during these extraordinary circumstances. And at the Look Good Feel Better workshop for 'Luzca Bien Sientase Mejor' normalcy is everything.

"When you walk in, everyone is just awesome. They're not treating you any different, just because you have cancer you know? They're treating you very normal and I think that was very important to me," said Monia.

The Spanish language workshop is the first of its kind in Fresno and offers free beauty classes for Latina women during cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society has had the Look Good Feel Better program for years but never in Spanish until now.

"It makes them a little more comfortable we let them know that they speak their own language," said Rose Figueroa.

From skincare to wig advice, these cosmetology volunteers restore beauty for women inside and out.

"It's hard, it's scary, but the support is out there. Any women going through this should look for it because it's there," said Monia.

'Luzca Bien Sientase Mejor' is held the second Monday of every month at no cost to cancer patients.

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