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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic nervous disorder involving loss of the myelin sheath around certain nerve fibers. There are 10,000 new diagnoses each year in America, with women  three times more likely to develop MS than men.

But an Albany non-profit organization called 'Chosen to Conquer' helps women dealing with MS. Chosen to Conquer's mission is to bridge the gap between mind, body and soul.

Collette Jenkins, Founder and CEO says they help women who are newly diagnosed with terminal illness feel better inside and out.

Foundation, lip gloss, and eye shadow has been a part of Collette Jenkins life from the start. "I think about when I was in 8th grade, learning to play the flute, but actually learning to do make up," said Collette Jenkins. 

But in her adult life, she was diagnosed with MS. "I fell in the street, and was taken to the hospital. I assumed this is what it feels like to have a stroke, and the doctor said 'You have MS,'" said Jenkins. 

After being diagnosed, she dealt with a lot of fear. "The fear was the unknown, and not really knowing what was to come," said Jenkins. Through years of emotional and physical suffering, she started to pray.

She really desired enough strength to put her face on. "You know God, if you would just give me the strength to put on my face," said Jenkins. That application started to cover other areas in her life.

"When I had make-up on, I can get my hair done and it felt good to go out in front of people. Being in the wheel chair wasn't bad, it was how I felt inside," said Jenkins. So this 'make up for life' is taking the feeling good outside to inside approach.

"A woman can tell you when she gets her hair done, and even nails, brows it changes how she feels," said Jenkins.

"They help us find that self-esteem that we once had and possibly thrown it to the side," said MS Survivor Natalie Walker. 

They're not concealing the issue. More like unlocking the beauty that terminal diagnosis can hide. No matter the diagnosis, 'Chosen to Conquer' wants to help women feel better about themselves, one makeover at a time.

This non-profit is funded by grants, and the community. They need the community's support to continue. 

"A Southern Tea" is being held this Saturday at 3:00pm Cafe 230. The address is 230 West Broad Ave. Tickets are $30 for ladies, $50 for Mother and Daughter, and $150 for table sponsorships. Be sure to wear your best hat ladies.

Also a one woman play named "Closets" is being held this Saturday at Albany State University ACAD Auditorium. Admission is $20. All proceeds will benefit Chosen to Conquer.

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