She’s a Hairdresser and Breast Cancer Survivor: ‘The Hardest Part … was Losing My Hair’

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As a hairdresser for more than 30 years and a “very private person,” Gabriele Bauer, 50, had her life dramatically change when she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer.

After fighting the disease, the mother of three started giving back to the community, using her hairdressing skills to help other cancer patients feel and look their best during their difficult path to recovery.

Ms. Bauer found out she had cancer after a routine mammogram screening in 2018. “When I first heard I had cancer, I was in shock. I was scared,” she recalls. “I had three kids; I am a young woman; I was working; for me it was like — this is it, this is the end.”

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