Niecy Nash’s Dating Tips
Actress, comedian and author Niecy Nash shares dating strategies from her new book, It’s Hard to Fight Naked. Hear her no-nonsense advice for a hot, happy and healthy relationship. Plus, Niecy undergoes an in-studio procedure to fix an embarrassing beauty blunder that she has been masking for more than a year!
Living with Lipomas
Loretta, 71, is a mother and grandmother who has been living with a debilitating leg condition for the past 15 years. Loretta suffers from bulging, benign soft tissue tumors known as lipomas. A lipoma is a slow-growing, subcutaneous condition that typically develops in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs. The fatty growths are rubbery or doughy in texture, develop directly under the skin, and can be felt or even slightly shifted. Lipomas can occur in all age groups, but they generally develop in middle age and are often hereditary. Although lipomas are usually harmless, people often elect to have them removed for cosmetic reasons; however, certain lipomas, such as Loretta's, can cause inflammation and pain, due to their location and larger-than-average size.
In Loretta’s case, her extreme lipomas have become an obstacle in her everyday life. “There are so many things I would like to do that I can’t do because of my legs,” Loretta says. “I can’t stand [for] more than maybe seven to 10 minutes.”
Loretta has met with several orthopedic surgeons, but none were able to perform the complex procedure to excise her lipomas, as they felt her condition was too severe. In 2009, she finally found a doctor who offered to perform the surgery, but two days before the operation, he tragically died in a car accident. Loretta began to lose hope and had started to accept that she would have to live with her condition for the rest of her life — until her daughter, Janet, wrote The Doctors and asked for help.
"Over the last few years, I've witnessed my mother's condition getting worse and worse," Janet says. "Just watching her walk, you can see it's a struggle for her. I just can't even imagine what she goes through every day. I just want to see her get better."
"For those of you who don't think your e-mails [to The Doctors] get read, please don't be discouraged to write in, because they do — they get read," Janet says. "We are so blessed."
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Beauty Treatments for Cancer Patients
Are you or a loved one struggling with a cancer diagnosis? The physical and psychological side effects that come with the deadly disease prompted one organization to use the power of beauty to help lift the spirits of seriously and terminally ill patients. Lipstick Angels, a Los Angeles-based charity, provides personalized beauty treatments and emotional support to patients during the difficult process of battling cancer, as well as to seniors living with other chronic conditions.
“Makeup is such a personal thing. You’re touching someone, and the human touch is so powerful and so healing,” says Renata Helfman, the CEO/Founder of Lipstick Angels. "It's very clear that after our session with them, they reconnect to their true selves." Renata and her team of professional makeup artists volunteer their time and services every week at medical centers across the Los Angeles area. Her ultimate goal is for Lipstick Angels to spread their wings in hospitals nationwide.
"I feel great. It makes you just feel like a woman again," Leah says. "The way you feel has a lot to do with the way you look, and when you're doing chemo, or radiation or any kind of cancer treatment, you tend to not feel so great, inside and out. So, this treatment just made me feel so nice."
• Learn more about Lipstick Angels and how you can help support their cause.