Saturday 17th November 2018

Look Good Feel Better Workshop. 2018.115.

Look Good Feel Better Workshop. 2018.105.

Look Good Feel Better workshops are open to anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer.

https://lgfb.org.au/workshop/

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a Look Good Feel Better Workshop in my local area.

It was held in a private room within a community church. It is free and available, on application, to any person with cancer. It started at 10 and ran till 12.30. There was no break nor any refreshments other than water.

There were three women from “Look Good Feel Better” waiting for me and the other people who arrived. Each of us chatted briefly and then we sat around a well-organised table with individual places, products, a bag and mirror. There was help from the ladies as we were given tips on how to make up our faces and things were done in a clean and hygenic manner.

The co-ordinator, Cindy, pictured here with me, ran the event aided by a volunteer and her volunteer co-ordinator Kate.

Cindy, the Co-ordinator with Me…after-shot!

Interested in Being a Volunteer? 

The Look Good Feel Better program relies heavily on our team of 1,300 dedicated and passionate individuals who volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to help deliver our workshops across Australia.

We ask that our volunteers are over 18 years of age and can commit to a minimum of FOUR workshops per calendar year (where available in your region) to ensure we have sufficient volunteer support for our workshops to run.

The first section (around an hour) was very helpful and I did pick up some tips for my poor ravaged skin on this face that has undergone four surgeries! We learned about the sun protection levels and the fact that those undergoing treatments may be even more damaged by the sun so to take good care. We found out about facial tricks – to hide or minimize ‘flaws’ and I learned more about using the concealing ‘green’ stick on red places.

I seemed to be the only one there who was not affected by hair loss or potential hair loss but not everyone shared what their cancer was so I am surmising.

The second section was not relevant to me and I did think about leaving before it started but to support the lady next to me, I stayed. This section was about losing hair, head coverings, tricks and tips and wigs. I am glad I was there for this lady and I do hope now she has started her chemo she is a little more prepared.

 

Look Good Feel Better is a national free, non-medical, brand-neutral program dedicated to helping you face your cancer with confidence. 

While most changes in your appearance are temporary, we believe that taking control of your appearance is one of the simplest and most effective ways to boost your self-esteem and confidence while going through treatment.

Can’t get to a workshop?

Home-delivered Confidence-Kits are a supplementary service developed to assist cancer patients who are unable to attend a Look Good Feel Better workshop for health, travel or personal reasons.

I came away feeling a bit flat which may have been because “my cancer” is not well-known. The second session in particular geared to those, who through cancer treatments have had hair loss  including eye lashes and eyebrows. I fully understand that more women need this kind of help and support through treatment as do others who have chemo.

There was little to no interest in knowing more or even hearing about my head and neck cancer, but those of us head and neck patients find this is a general response. Now you know why I try to educate and help others as I was ignorant too about head and neck cancers till my diagnosis!!

I would however like to thank those who shared their morning with me, particularly the fellow cancer patients. Some were incredibly kind and generous with their tips to others, like the lady next to me who was scared pre-chemo, and one lady had us all ‘fooled’ when her beautiful head of hair proved to be a wig.

Thanks to those who volunteer with the organisation, Look Good Feel Better, and those who work hard to see it happens. From the time I got my initial email, to the time of attendance the communication was excellent. In fact, I was able to change the day of mine to “when I would have my teeth” and they were happy to do that.

We all got the new products that were on our placemat at our table and each is now in my bathroom and I am using the eye brown pencil, the blusher, the big brush, the mineral foundation and the tinted moisturiser.

Have you attended a workshop?

Do you know someone who might benefit?

Put them in touch via the website and they will be looked after.

Denyse.

Joining with Kylie for I Blog On Tuesdays here and with Sue & Leanne here for Midlife Share The Love on Wednesdays.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. What a fantastic idea! Glad you enjoyed your day 🙂

  2. What a great initiative. I’m pleased you got some goodies (and some tips) to take away!

    • It is a good initiative and one I am sure helps many women see ‘beyond’ cancer which, as you know, can overtake just about everything for a while.

      Denyse x

  3. I love that there are days like this for people. The physical aspects of cancer can have such an impact on self-esteem and it’s wonderful that there are things like this to help people xx

    • It is good and I know people who have participated at both levels: patient and volunteer. They do get some sponsorship and travel widely to provide the workshops.

      Denyse x

  4. What a great initiative! I’ll remember this if ever I know someone in need. Thanks for the info. =)

  5. Sounds like a wonderful program, Denyse. I’m sure there are programs similar here in the US. Thank you for sharing your experience. #MLSTL

  6. This is a fantastic idea Denyse. I commend you for educating others on your particular type of cancer. You are a marvel! Have shared for #mlstl

    • Thank you Debbie and for the kind words on twitter. Those of us with ‘head and neck’ cancer can feel forgotten and to be honest, I knew nothing about the type of cancer I got till diagnosed, so as you well know, you cannot stop a teacher from educating, right!

      Denyse x

  7. I’ve heard of this service, Denyse and think it is such a wonderful and caring idea. Just what you need to lift the spirits. Thank you for sharing your experience with us at #MLSTL. I would dearly love to be involved in some way so I’ll check out if I’m eligible and what I could offer. My Mum died of breast cancer over 32 years ago and she had so much chemo her hair never grew back. I know this type of service would certainly have lifted her spirits.

    • Thanks Sue and what a great idea to check out how you might help too. It does feel good to give back which is one reason I make the bookmarks that form part of the Big Hug Box and Random Acts of Kindness Boxes.

      The links are in the post, so let me know how you go. What a way to honour your Mum’s memory.

      Denyse x

  8. This is such a wonderful idea as the mental aspect of recovery is very important too. I hope you had a marvellous time!

    • It was good to be in a group linked by one common bond: women with cancer. Although my cancer treatments were not as obvious as they were all inside my mouth and using parts of my leg, it was humbling to see these warrior women take up this opportunity and yes we all got something from the day, not only the freebies.

      Denyse x

  9. It’s such a great service for those who are in the middle of their cancer journeys isn’t it Denyse. You were so fortunate to not have to undergo chemo on top of everything else. I think anything that gives you a morale boost during such a turbulent time is a definite winner.
    MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Oh yes, I count my blessings that so far my cancer journey has not involved chemo. But a somewhat ‘scary’ remark was made to me at my most recent check up “if your cancer returns then we can use radiotherapy” and THAT was not something I hope to ever have to do as it leaves not only the skin but the jaw etc inside my mouth would be impaired. Trying to stay away from that idea.

      Thanks for your kind words, always!

      Denyse x

  10. I really believe in these types of events and am glad they exist. But I often feel that they are not for me. I got a “gift bag” if items from a local breast cancer foundation when I was diagnosed – full of things like a satin pillow case, a soft blanket, and lots of books. Then, I felt like a fraud when I didn’t need chemo (my cancer was not chemo responsive), so no hair loss. In fact, no visible sign to others I had cancer or was dealing with recovery. And since I was lucky it was early detection, all the books just scared me with their horror stories. OK, their stories of overcoming and recovery….from really bad, scary things. I do think that these events and initiatives are available, but I’ve learned they are not for everyone. I’m glad you got something out of the event, and are sharing it exists. I do the same with the “gift bag thing”….with caveats! Visiting from #MLSTL

    • Thank you for your honest and heart-felt comment Pat.

      I “felt” a similar sense of not being part of this because I had no visible signs of cancer. And, when the lady co-ordinating it stated in the second half “this is the part I love”….relating to wigs and head coverings I felt excluded.

      And, I can only imagine that some women there might have thought “why?” too. However, I decided that being more inclusive and gracious (as I am learning to be) was that I would stay to support the lady I had sat next to who was scared out of wits about “this hair loss”. Generalising treatments and treatment responses is not helpful.

      Denyse x

  11. This sounds like a lovely program for the right people. I’m glad that you were able to gain something from it, including the opportunity to support others. May you continue to heal and grow. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have a sister who is a Stage 3 melanoma survivor and a niece who lost the sight in one eye due to cancer. Both are thriving now. #MLSTL

    • Christie, thank you for both understanding my view and for encouraging me too. I came home from this experience not feeling particularly grateful because of my ‘exclusion’ which was not anyone’s fault per se, but is the nature of a ‘head and neck cancer’ diagnosis.

      Wonderful news from your family’s experiences with cancer.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Denyse x

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