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In the Tarn, this beautician lavishes beauty treatments for cancer patients – 25/03/2019

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The socio-aesthetic is a discipline still unknown. However, in the Tarn, as in the hospitals of Castres and Albi, as well as at the Claude-Bernard Albigensian clinic, Catherine Gangneron, socio-beautician, has been working for nearly 10 years.

"What I like is especially the contact, explains Catherine Gangneron, socio-beautician in various hospitals in the Tarn. With the medical staff and with the patients of course. "

For 10 years now, the 50-year-old has been working in hospitals or departmental clinics to provide aesthetic care to patients in various departments, including oncology.

During their treatment, she offers them a manicure, a facial or a foot care.

Restore confidence to the sick

"When I do not know the patient, I introduce myself, I explain what I do and what care I can offer them," she explains. All do not accept, it's normal. Most of them are women who accept (see box). I propose a lot of moisturizing care because chemotherapy dehydrates enormously. I also propose interventions in make-up, finally, especially of the reconstruction of eyebrows. This is very important because with the products, the hair but also the eyebrows fall. I teach them, for example, how to redraw an eyebrow so that they keep a beautiful image of them. "

"Self-esteem takes a hit when you're sick," says Lahouaria, who has accepted Catherine's care. The image we have of ourselves, with weight loss, is difficult to bear. So aesthetic care, of course it makes us feel good, she confirms. It helps to regain confidence in us and then it's good that we take care of us.

During the care of the hands, the two women speak. Laugh. One would almost forget the perfusion hanging on Lahouaria's arm.

"We talk about everything and nothing. In fact, we are not talking about the disease. It was mentioned early but it feels good to talk about something else. The care itself gives me a lot of well-being and then the exchange with Catherine, it's really nice, "admits the patient.

Sarah Oustalet has been a nurse for four years in oncology at Claude-Bernard. For the young woman, the interventions of Catherine in the service during chemotherapy are a real benefit for the sick. "It makes them feel good to see someone from outside the hospital who does not have a white coat and who is not in the medical world," says the 29-year-old. And to continue: "There are even patients who settle their session on the days of intervention of Catherine because when she is there, the chemo session is happening more easily".

The emergence of the socio-hairdress

Carine Lasala is 33 years old. After ten years of working in a traditional salon, the young woman decided to pass the course and to become a social hairdresser. A discipline even newer and therefore even less widespread than that of socio-beautician.

"I worked in the living room and at home but I was missing something, I was not happy," she recalls.

With her hairdressing skills and her desire to "work in the medical field, to feel useful", she is now part of Anglet where she will join the Soco Academy entirely dedicated to the training of the socio-hairdresser.

There, she learns to comb a person "according to his pathology".

Shampoos in bed

"I learned how to maintain the skin of the scalp, how to put a hair prosthesis, how to maintain it or how to make a turban," all things that patients undergoing chemotherapy may want to learn in turn.

"I also learned to do shampoos in bed, which may be necessary for people who have been in hospital for a long time and have trouble getting up," says Carine.

For now, the young woman, recently graduated, is working to create a network. She would like to intervene as Catherine in medical services or, why not, in a retirement home. "I can also offer home visits for workshops to learn how to re-style a wig, for example. Because it is not only during treatment that patients need help, once at home, they may also need a boost. "

More than 1,000 treatments in 2018

Last year, Catherine Gangneron provided 1,065 treatments, compared with 1,028 in 2017.

394 (37%) were performed at the Claude-Bernard clinic, 512 (48%) at the Castres hospital and 159 (15%) at the Albi hospital.

Most of the care is given to women. For example, at Claude-Bernard Clinic last year, out of 128 people (53 in hospital and 75 in outpatient), only four men passed into the expert hands of Catherine.


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