When you’re talking beauty
and cosmetic regimens, it turns
out most things do…
for inner beauty. But when it
comes to the external variety,
women are well schooled in the
“no pain, no gain” philosophy.
Whether it’s huffing and puffing
through a spin class or seeing stars
during a bikini wax, beauty takes work.
And no small amount of practice, either.
So why do so many women put off or avoid getting poten-
tially life-saving mammograms? Discomfort? Awkwardness?
Last year, breast cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas visited
Vail as the featured speaker at the Vail Breast Cancer
Awareness Group’s 19th annual Celebration of Life
luncheon, and she asked that very question. At 27, Lucas
found a lump during a breast self-exam— earlier than
most would expect. "I thought I had to be 40 or my mom
had to have breast cancer. I was wrong," Geralyn says.
Eighteen years down the road, Lucas is committed
to spreading awareness about the importance of early
detection. She teamed up with ABC News’ Sara Haines
with an inspired idea: On camera, the duo wandered
through New York City subjecting themselves to various
activities in the name of beauty, and compared them to
the pain and discomfort of getting a mammogram.
Such a good story inspired a local version. Local
veterinary technician Cathy Wetzel has two sisters-in-
law who have fought breast cancer. Both are survivors,
due in part to early detection. Her paternal grandmother
had a double mastectomy in the early 1980s, so she has a
personal interest in the message. She volunteered to help
recreate the story, and photographer Dominique Taylor
caught it all with her camera. The upshot? As far as pain
goes, mammograms don’t have anything on high heels. »
by Kim Fuller
PHOTOS DOMINIQUE TAYLOR