I had already qualified as a beauty therapist back in 2003 and my specialist interest had always been skincare. Whilst I was going through cancer, I realised that there were no beauty treatments available to people like me. In fact I was contraindicated and advised against having beauty treatments until I was 5 years clear. This was something I was I determined to change.
With this in mind, I went on to train and qualify for a postgraduate diploma in oncology therapies and can now specialise in oncology aesthetics and Sparkle Through Chemo was born. Thinking back on my own cancer experience, I often felt very isolated, so I also decided to create an online community right here, so others going through the same experiences could communicate together, share ideas and ask questions within a supportive environment.
It was important to me that Sparkle Through Chemo could offer our services and support throughout the UK and in order to do this we now work with hospitals and charities and hold regular events and workshops throughout the UK.
Keep an eye out for future dates and venues near you. Chemo beauty really is everywhere.
I had the awful experience of being turned away from my local salon for a massage. I was beyond devastated, even though I've been in remission for 8 months that is what is common practice in the beauty world. Sparkle Through Chemo you really are amazing for changing this. I'm a real girly girl and cancer has taken my breasts but it's not taking anything else!! I've had all the beauty treatments at Sparkle Through Chemo and will continue to do so. Receiving a non clinical touch where I can relax and have me time is a total dream and can't be underestimated. A massive thank you Fiona at STC.
I'm so grateful to Sparkle Through Chemo because without it I don't think I could have faced going to my son's wedding. I had tried lots of times to do my own make up and each time ended up frustrated and in tears. I don't have any eyebrows and only a few eyelashes, my face is swollen from the steroids which makes me feel self conscious and I couldn't face going to a department store to get it done I was to embarrassed but I was at a cancer charity event and met Fiona who told me about Sparkle Through Chemo said she does make up tutorials. Fiona's own experience means she really does understand and that made me feel at ease with her. The make up lesson was fantastic. You get taught how to do the make up for yourself and lots of hints tips and advice, and at the age of 58 I can contour my cheek bones..... Not something I ever thought I'd say!! Thank you Sparkle Through Chemo, I had a great time at my son James wedding.
After 6 months of chemo my skin was in such a state I didn't know what to do. I thought loosing my hair was the worst thing but now my make up didn't even make me look like me, my skin was red itchy and painful. I was told about Sparkle Through Chemo from someone who saw it on Facebook - a company offering beauty for cancer patients. I was amazed I made an appointment and it was the best thing I could have done. Fiona is delightful, a very caring and knowledgeable therapist. She completely made me feel at ease. After a detailed consultation Fiona recommend me the holistic facial, the chemo makes me feel sick for a few days after it so having an hour facial seemed a bit much, the treatment was changed and I had 2 30 min treatments instead. I couldn't be more pleased with the results; no more itchy skin and it reduced the redness considerably. I also love the fact that the Jennifer Young products are made for people going through chemo. They feel great and the smell isn't to over powering. I go for treatments at least once a month and it makes me feel like me again both inside and out and I thank Sparkle Through Chemo for giving me my confidence back, it means so much.