I remember the fear and uncertainty our family felt when my father was diagnosed with cancer. Just the very word still evokes an emotional reaction within me when I hear it. We are fortunate to live in a country where advanced medical treatments often offer hope for men, women, and children who might otherwise view such a diagnosis with finality. But having worked as a nurse early on in Pediatric Oncology, I know how debilitating the treatments can be.
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a an organization dedicated to improving the self esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. Through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions, LGFB is helping to improve self-image and appearance and create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community.
Men, women, and teens undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatments for cancer can participate in these programs supported by thousands of volunteer beauty professionals. There are over 14,500 English and Spanish group workshops across the country in over 3,000 locations offering hope to those with cancer.
In these 2-hour workshops, women receive a 12-tep skin care and makeup lesson, nail care techniques, and professional advice on how to deal with hair loss by using wigs, scarves, hats, hairpieces, and other accessories. The workshops are led by cosmetology professionals and the products used are donated by the cosmetic industry.
LGFB offers support and resources in multiple ways including one-on-one consultations, take home information, complimentary cosmetic kits and more.
I had not heard of LGFB until recently and I love the concept of offering this type of support. Appearance is so much a part of a person’s personality and their self-confidence. I know that I always feel better when I have taken time to apply some makeup and fixed my hair. Those undergoing treatment for cancer have a heavy burden to carry. Along with the physical discomforts associated with the disease and treatments, they have the emotional stress of worrying about the future. Eliminating that feeling of being self-conscious about their appearance can do wonders for their perspective and emotional well-being.
If you know someone who is battling cancer, you can find a local group on their website.
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