PRETTY SICK: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer

PRETTY SICK – the first book of its kind – covers every cosmetic issue, from skin care, to hair care, wig shopping, nail maintenance, makeup tricks, and much, much more for women with cancer and in remission. This book is Caitlin’s way of paying forward all the amazing advice she received during her battle with breast cancer to help empower other women in the fight.

The fact of the matter is that when you look good, you feel better.

When Caitlin was diagnosed with breast cancer, her world turned upside down. Yes, she was concerned about her health and her future, but as young, single woman and working professional, she worried how her treatment would play out physically. Would she lose her hair and nails? Would her reconstructed breast resemble the real thing? How would she handle the dictionary-size list of skin issues that arise during chemotherapy and radiation?


Caitlin’s reaction wasn’t unique. Most, if not all, women diagnosed with cancer grapple with how to deal with the life-altering side effects of surgery and treatment. The concern is real. Even oncologists reveal that one of the most common questions they receive after a diagnosis is, “Will I lose my hair?”


For cancer patients, going online to get answers or to research can be extremely overwhelming, frustrating, and scary. When Caitlin was sick, there wasn’t one website, book, or resource that answered the cosmetic-related questions she needed to prepare her body. So, as a long-time beauty director, she turned to the extensive list of experts on her speed-dial to get intel on how to offset or lessen the harsh side effects she was about to experience.


She called Ted Gibson (hairstylist to Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie) who told her how to handle her hair loss and care for a sensitive scalp. She called Dr. Heidi Waldorf (dermatologist and breast cancer survivor) for advice on her skin care regimen. She called on Dr. Brian Kantor (dentist to 50 Cent and Penelope Cruz) who kept her stocked up on rinses to prevent mouth sores caused by chemotherapy, and Elle Gerstein (manicurist to J.Lo and Blake Lively) who suggested steps on how to keep her nails from falling out. Caitlin also called on fellow cancer survivors, Joan Lunden, Hoda Kotb, and Sandra Lee, who shared their first-hand tips for getting through treatment looking healthy and feeling hopeful.

 Illustrated with charming drawings by Jamie Lee Reardin and peppered with advice, humor, and real-girl talk, PRETTY SICK will be a welcome and trusted resource for women, helping them to look their best even when they feel their worst.

CAITLIN KIERNAN is an award-winning journalist, beauty expert, and cancer survivor. A former fashion columnist and beauty director, she has appeared on E! News, Wendy Williams, and Fox News among other programs. Her freelance work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalWomen’s Health, Yahoo, Harper’s Bazaar, StyleWatch, Today, Refinery29, the New York Times, and other outlets.

Many of you may know her as the former Beauty Director of Life&Style and Amazon Style Code Live.

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