Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

He Uses The Power Of Makeup To Give Cancer Patients A Boost.

It is often said we will not comprehend the value of life until we are on the verge of losing it. We take our precious lives for granted but when life-threatening diseases like cancer makes us stand on the borderline of life and death, do we understand its true value.

The bitter truth of life is that death is inevitable. It makes it even more unfair and unexplainable when it comes before the expected time. Not everyone fighting a disease is able to come out of it. Surviving cancer takes its toll physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Norman Freeman may look glamorous and chic today but the makeup artist has come along way.

He was diagnosed with alopecia, an an autoimmune disease, when he was just five years old.

Norman Freeman may look glamorous and chic today but the makeup artist has come along way.

Norman Freeman / Facebook

He lost all of his hair, including his eyelashes and eyebrows.

It didn't make it any easier when he was bullied by other kids for looking different. "I was teased. People didn’t know if I had cancer or what … They thought I had cancer, and they still teased me," he told the TODAY show.

He lost all of his hair, including his eyelashes and eyebrows.

Norman Freeman / Facebook

Although his hair grew back sporadically, he lost all of it again in college.

This put him in a "dark place." Things began to change for him when he fell in love with makeup tutorial videos on YouTube. This prompted Freeman to enrol in beauty school.

Although his hair grew back sporadically, he lost all of it again in college.

Norman Freeman / Facebook

His talent for making his clients look fabulous came naturally for him.

This is when the Pittsburg native decided to pay-it-forward. Rather than working with supermodels in the runway, Freeman visits cancer units. His self-funded project has him offering free makeover services to cancer patients. "I want to help people say, 'I'm sick, and it's awful, but I can still feel beautiful,'" says Freeman.

His talent for making his clients look fabulous came naturally for him.

Norman Freeman / Facebook

He understands too well the impact of how cancer leaves patients feeling.

"Being sick, not having any hair — that is really devastating. But I can give you those eyelashes, those brows, and make you feel better," he explains. "I know how untouchable makeup can make me feel."

He understands too well the impact of how cancer leaves patients feeling.

makeupbynorman_ / Instagram

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