Survivor Gals Bring Hope to Cancer Patients

Cancer patients get new look, attitude thanks to inspiring store

By Christine Lee
|  Monday, Apr 23, 2012  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Cancer patients get a new look and a new attitude thanks to an inspiring store in the Irving Cancer Center at Baylor Medical Center at Irving.

Christine Lee, Irving Reporter

Cancer patients get a new look and a new attitude thanks to an inspiring store in the Irving Cancer Center at Baylor Medical Center at Irving.

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A small store owned and operated by cancer survivors helps cancer patients look and feel beautiful.

Ninu Karki, 37, said the Survivor Gals store inside the Irving Cancer Center at Baylor Irving helped her during her lowest times.

"You look up to them, and you hope to be there sometime," she said.

Survivor Gals caters to a diverse clientele. Store manager Michelle Kravchenko said the goal is to provide a safe and welcoming place for people dealing with some of life's scariest obstacles.

"They come in with their face down and kind of sagging, and it's so rewarding to watch them as they walk out with their new wig and their whole new self," she said.

Karki said her world stopped when she found out in September that she had Stage 3 breast cancer. She said her first thought was of her three children, including a 13-month-old at the time.

"I thought a part of me was taken away, part of motherhood has been taken away, and it's a completely devastating feeling," she said.

Karki went through chemotherapy and had a surgery in March. She said she is slowly regaining her strength.

"Now I can hold my youngest one, 19 months old, in my lap," she said. "I used to miss that a lot."

Survivor Gals also has locations in Plano and Fort Worth.

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