Going through cancer treatment is probably one of the most challenging experiences. Besides the fight for your life there are also the little things that become so apparent especially once you’re coming to the end of the treatment. I definitely understand that journey and one of the so called little things that sorta plagued me was losing my hair and being swollen from taking steroids along with my other medicines.
Directly after treatment I would look in the mirror and, honestly, feel a little disgusted. I did not look like myself. When I first started this whole process in December 2013 I learned about a program for female cancer patients called Look Good, Feel Better. Once my treatment ended*, so to speak, I signed up for the two-hour complimentary class that’s available nationwide
During the class, led by Jane (a volunteer beauty professional), we – myself and two other women – learned how to cope with appearance changes as a result of our treatments. We learned tips for skin care, makeup application, wig styling and a trick with a cotton t-shirt to fashion a turban.
We each walked away with a Look Good Feel Better beauty bag filled with donated products from Workshop Category Champion companies as well as companies who donated individual products. A few of the companies are Coty, OPI, Sally Beauty, Estee Lauder, Amway, Lancôme, L’Oreal Inc., Elizabeth Arden, Avon Products and quite a few others. We also received a nice booklet with step-by-step instructions to help us – women with cancer – to look good and feel better.