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Gift of a Day Feature Story December 2016
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Beautiful Again – Inside and Out.

Beauty may only be skin-deep, but it sure can go a long way towards happiness. 

Susan Kein, 56, was battling breast cancer for months before chemotherapy stole her hair. It was only then that she felt the all-out cruelty of her disease. Each look in the mirror was a devastating reminder. Susan forged on, but still wanted to forget, wanted to feel normal, wanted to feel beautiful. 
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This was an easy one. After all, when someone’s filled with as much inner beauty as Susan – a devoted elementary school teacher for 15 years – outer beauty is a snap. Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care made a few calls, and before she knew it, a black limousine – her chariot for the day – arrived to whisk Susan off on a pampering, beauty retreat. 
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But, there was another surprise. All the way from Florida, Susan’s beloved sister was waiting for her inside the car. It had been ages since they had spent time together, yet the two instantly reconnected, squeezed each other tight, and started chatting, giggling, reminiscing. 
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3, 2, 1 – The sisters luxuriated in manicures, pedicures, makeovers, massages, and lunch at their favorite spot. Susan chose a rich, purple for her nails and a contour-enhancing makeup scheme. One look in the mirror and Susan recognized herself again. She felt great. Oh, and she looked positively gorgeous. 

Then again, we knew that would be easy.