(From Jay Blackman, NBC News Producer)
In a small Connecticut town, tucked away in the dowtown area, we found a Different kind of beauty salon with two very special stylists who to try to live up to the name of their salon Miracles and Beyond and many of their special customers would say they do. WATCH VIDEO
In a small private setting in the back of the salon, away from the normal cut and color services all salons offer, Sisters Lisa Dlugos (a cancer survivor herself) and Joyce Peterson cater their hair care services to women who are fighting cancer, trying to give them back some of the femininity that the disease takes away. Whether it is helping them choose the right wig or tips on using makeup to camouflage chemotherapy's awful effects, the sisters are there, with their bright smiles and comforting hugs.
In the day we spent shooting this story, We met three brave women who were fighting the disease head on and for two of them losing their hair on their own terms, having it shaved off with clippers before the chemo took it away. We ask a lot of the people in our stories, but having your head shaved on camera goes beyond that. I was struck by the positive attitudes the women had, being able to smile and even laugh through what had to be a very trying time in their lives. While we were there, the phone rang with calls from other cancer patients and
even a walk in question from the daughter of another. Unfortunately business is booming, but the sisters want to help as many as they can.
By the end of the day, we had witnessed three brave women, taking on their cancer head on, and a salon, trying to help on the road to recovery, small miracles everyday indeed.