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Local make-up artist to help cancer survivors with makeovers

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany woman is reaching out to women with medical conditions and helping them overcome some of the emotional side effects of their illnesses.

Her weapons against breast cancer, heart disease and Multiple Sclerosis are makeup brushes.

Ten years ago, Albany native Colette Jenkins was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

I didn't know anything about Multiple Sclerosis in fact I'd never heard of the disease so I was kind of unsure because I didn't know it was a serious diagnosis and I would never be the same," said Jenkins.

For years she lived with bizarre symptoms, like blurry vision, extreme fatigue and trouble maintaining her balance and as a State Trooper it was hard to hide.

"I would be writing a ticket and suddenly fall and I never could explain why," said Jenkins. 

Even worse, her self confidence began to fade and she couldn't use her right arm to put on make up anymore.

"I couldn't walk and I wouldn't see people because I was embarrassed,"said Jenkins.

But after weeks of avoiding people, she finally regained the strength in her arm to apply her make-up, and it was a  life-changing moment.

"I looked into the mirror and suddenly I didn't see Multiple Sclerosis,"said Jenkins.

Jenkins says God helped her see she could use her skills in make-up to help other women gain back their self confidence.

Through her new non-profit organization "Chosen To Conquer" Jenkins is using make-up to help women in the same boat gain back self confidence.

"These women are dealing with a lot they are dealing with changes such as their hair falling out dealing with scars and body disfigurements

Janice Route Blaylock is a breast cancer survivor and says thanks to God and Colette's help she now has a will to live.

"There are times I get up if I have to be at work at 6:00am  I get up at 4:00am to put my make up on because I know its gonna make me feel real good," said Blaylock.

Jenkins says a good make-over gives you a new lease on life, and she wants to let others know there is someone out there ready to help make them fee like themselves again.

This Saturday Colette will be at the annual Woman's Health Conference sponsored by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and since the focus is breast cancer awareness, she will be offering free makeovers to women who are breast cancer survivors.

Think Pink-Women's Health Conference

Saturday, October 24th 8:00am-1:30pm

Healthworks, 311 Third Ave in Albany.

Click here to find out more about "Chosen to Conquer"

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