Like many women who receive the shattering diagnosis of cancer, Caitlin Kiernan was concerned about her health and her future, but also about how the treatment would affect how she felt and looked - would she lose her hair? Would she lose her nails? How would she look after a double mastectomy?
But unlike other women who battle cancer, Kiernan has spent her entire career as a beauty editor, beauty director (most recently for Life & Style Weekly), and now beauty producer. As someone who works in the public eye and in the fashion industry, Kiernan had to quickly learn how to look her best even when she was feeling her worst. So she called on her list of extensive contacts and beauty insiders - from hair professionals to top medical doctors (at institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering and Mt Sinai Hospital) to style mavens and even celebrities (including Wendy Williams and Hoda Kotb) - to gather the best and most useful beauty tips for cancer treatment.
The result is PRETTY SICK: the ultimate guide to beauty during (and after) cancer treatment, covering skin care, hair care (and wig shopping), nail care, makeup, an explanation of breast cancer surgical options, style advice for life post mastectomy, and much, much more. Illustrated with charming line drawings and peppered with advice from celebrities and cancer survivors, Pretty Sick will be a welcome and trusted resource during treatment, helping women to look their best even when they don't feel their best.
Caitlin Kiernan is an award-winning journalist and beauty expert. A former fashion columnist, "Fashion Plate Cait," at The Times Herald-Record (a Dow Jones newspaper), beauty director at Life & Style Weekly, she is now the Beauty Producer of Style Code Live. She has appeared on both US national and local television programmes including E! News, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, The Sundance Channel, the Wendy Williams Show and Bravo's Real Housewives Of New York. Her freelance work appears in The Wall Street Journal, Women's Health, New York Times, and Refinery29 among others.